Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chicken Soup

So I caught a cold! Ugh... this is what I made... Chicken Soup.  I usually throw in a squash, thus it would've been called "Chicken Squash Soup", but totally forgot about grabbing a squash while I was at the store, because I just wanted to get in and get out and get home and get back into bed.  Symptoms, scratchy throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, foggy thinking... this usually happens when the vog comes in from the Big Island.


And here's how I made it:

Ingredients:

  • Bonless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Tomatoes
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Won Bok
  • Green Onion
  • Patis (Fish Sauce)
  • Shoyu (Soy Sauce)
  • Salt 
  • 1 Round Onion
  • Coconut Oil 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water
  1. Chop round onion into chunks
  2. Heat coconut oil in large pot
  3. Toss in chopped onion, and stir til' a little bit limpy
  4. Toss chicken pieces in... stir til' outsides are brownish
  5. Fill pot with hot water, til' about 1-1/2" above the chicken
  6. Cut tomatoes into chunks and toss in pot
  7. Bring to boil
  8. Lower heat and simmer
  9. Add Patis (to taste of your liking)
  10. Add Shoyu (to taste of your liking)
  11. Chop up cabbage pieces
  12. Toss all cabbage into pot, well, toss slowly, you don't wanna burn yourself with the water splashing out at ya! LOL!!  
  13. After veggies start getting limpy, toss in green onions. 
That's it!!  All pau... delish dish!!  Great for cold winter days or nights, and for colds period!!  Now to make me a bowl.  Eat as a soup dish, or eat over rice... I like to eat it over rice.  Can't help it, I'm Filipina!! 

Juicing!!

Sorry for not posting for a couple of days.  After the curry meal, I felt sick the very next day, probably due to the MSG that was in the curry mix.  I'll be sure to research on a better recipe instead of a "quick fix" recipe for future meals.  Anyways, whenever I feel my body rejecting the ugliness, I need to cleanse my system, and just flush it out with some good stuff.  I usually make a juice every morning, so this is almost like a usual recipe.  Here's a look at the ingredients that I have in my juice:

Kale, Carrots, Green Apple, Lemon wedge, Celery and you can't see it, but Orange.

 I have an Omega Juicer.  There is a small opening to push your veggies and fruits through, and a tool that you can use to push them downward along the way.... I started out with pushing the Kale through...

Then celery...

Oranges...

Green Apples...

Lemon Wedge...

 Then last but not least, Carrots.


In the end, this is how the mixture looks all meshed together.  Now to tank it down!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Beef Curry Dinnah

Last night, I made Beef Curry for dinner.  Now, before you get all excited, I'm no expert at cooking, I just follow the directions on a recipe.  So the box of Curry mix that I purchase is the S&H brand and it says "Golden Curry" on it.  It comes in 3 levels of spicyness... I stick to the mild, cause I cannot handle hot.  You can find this at any Asian store.  Maybe even WalMart.  I actually saw this at WinCo and Uwagimaya while in Washington this past winter.  So, just ask and look around.  I am sure you'll be able to find!


On the back is the recipe and instructions on how to cook.  I've made this dish so many times already, the instructions are automatic in my head.  While at the store, you can look at the back of the box to see what ingredients you need to buy. I usually use beef.  I buy the chopped steak. If you are a label reader, you won't like what this includes.... infact upon waking up this morning, I didn't feel so well.  But I'll write about that in another post. ;o/  Let me finish up this post for y'all that can handle all that yuckiness.... LOL!

For oil, I use Organic Coconut Oil. This is a Costco (Kirkland) brand.

I cut up my veggies and prep them before turning the stove on.... round white onions...

Carrots and Potatoes....


 Now, I heat my stove, and add the Coconut Oil about 1/4 of my wooden spoon.

Add the chopped white round onions.... ho, the buggh smell nice!!  Not too many peeps can handle the fragrance that comes from chopped onions, or onions being sauteed.  I used to not be able to handle it too... but now I can.  Once in a while, there are tears, but most of the time... No MORE TEARS, baby!!!!  Stir til' a little bit brown on the edges.

Add the chopped steak, stir til' they are browned too...

I then add the Potatoes and Carrots, and add 6 cups of hot water.  Bring to boil and then let simmer for a while. Til' the meat gets soft.  While the pot is simmering, I fill my pyrex measuring cup with 2 cups of hot water (I get mines from the water dispenser, and it's "hot tea" hot), this'll help break down the powder, and make it all liquify.  The instructions says to toss the powdered blocks into the pot while it's boiling, and stir often, but every time I did that, a chunk of powder usually ends up on meat and sticks.  It isn't tasty when you put a chunk of that in your mouth... it's happened to the hubs several time.  Eeeeks!!  So to make sure it mushes well, I do this....

I then add the mix above to the pot and stir til' it starts thickening.  It was pretty quick and easy to do, and really yummy too!!  Here's my bowl of curry yumminess... poured over hapa rice.

Thanks for popping in!! ALOHA!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Korean BBQ Jang Su for Super Bowl Sunday's Feast

I love Super Bowl Sunday Feasts... not too much into watching the football game, but the feast that comes with it... almost like Thanksgiving! Pretty close, but without the turkey.  We used to have big parties at our house, back in the day... but now, my hubs and I are content with just us n' the kids. Being that the oldest is now in college, that left just the 3 of us.  The hubby went golfing that morning, and since he was already out n' about, he offered to pick up anything that I wanted. Honestly, I wasn't really hungry!!  I was busy crafting, and working on my projects that I didn't even want to think of food.  But, I had to make a quick decision, otherwise, he would come home, and then I would have to go out.  LOL.  So I chose Korean BBQ.

Our go-to place for Korean BBQ is Jang Su located at Pearl Kai.  Plenty eateries we like over there ya??  Well, that's mostly because it's what's closes to us.  So we just make do, and find the best tasting ones on this side, and go there all the time.  Sadly, the lunch plate I selected didn't have much taste.  Could it have been because I wasn't really in the mood to eat, anyways?  I don't know.  But the Kalbi was tasteless, like the marination didn't stick or something.  The Meat Jun wasn't all that great either.  But I tell you what, it sure looked good!!  :)  I know another place here in Pearl City that make yummy Kalbi & Meat Jun.  One day I will eat there, and share with y'all how yummy it tastes. But for today... the food was meh!  Here are the pics that make them look so yummy!!!

First the embossed plate lunch container that it comes in.  So beautiful ya?  With Diamond Head and "Aloha" embossed on there. So awesome that it says that. We always take for granted the beauty of this island. Here is a reminder!!!

Spicy Pork for the hubs... he loves Spicy Pork. However, we couldn't order this as part of a mixed plate.  They wouldn't do it.  Had to order this as a side order.  Why?  I dunno. I wanted my hubby to ask.  But he's not one to talk stories with people he's picking food up from.  He just like pick up n' go!

Meat Jun plate. This was my hubby's plate.  Remember I said we couldn't get the spicy pork as part of a mixed plate?  Well, he had to order a full plate of something and Meat Jun it was.

Here's my plate. Kalbi and Meat Jun mix. Check out the Meat Jun... so little bit, ya??  Chinsy I tell you!!! I was quite disappointed with today's plate. Did I mention that already?

My son's plate. BBQ Chicken and Meat Jun.  Yes, we love our Meat Jun.  But wasn't so tasty so no need to get so excited.  Another plate that looks pretty chinsy to me.

One of my favorite part of eating Korean BBQ are the veggies they give.  They give 4 different choices of veggies.  I love the watercress, as shown here.  This was the first to go!

So that was our Super Bowl Feast.  Meh. I've tasted better from them on other days.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tanioka's

Today, we went to Ko'olina Lagoons.... and after the beach, we always get hungry! I suggested Tanioka's... Tanioka's it was!


Tanioka's is one of the famous deli's to get local kine grindz.  Their address is: 94-903 Farrington Highway, in Waipahu.  There is a 7-11 store right next door, and the lines there are usually SUPER long.  Today, which is a weekend, they had a security guard outside, controlling the lines, and allowing people to enter when there was enough room for people to fit.  The line moves pretty quick tho', so not to worry!!

Line goes in and around, and all along the line you are enticed with all kine goodies.  Reminds me of the manapua truck, but this place no more manapua!!! Just lots of local favorites!!!


Cash and Credit Cards accepted here!


Here's the poke choices... the prices are pretty high today, being that tomorrow is Super Bowl!!!


Poke is F-R-E-S-H Daily!!!!


Here's all the Ala Carte yummies.... My favorites to get are Lumpia, Banana Lumpia, Poi Mochi, Shrimp Tempura, Fish Patties, Fried Chicken, Garlic Chicken... the kids n' hubby like their musubi's. But Tanioka's won 2nd place for "Best Musubi's"... can you believe that 7-11 won 1st place?? Wowza, ya??


Here are the yummies we picked up:

Butter Mochi:

Poi Mochi:

Fried Rice, Shrimp Tempura, Lumpia:

Garlic Chicken & Fried Chicken:

Spam Musubi, Chicken Musubi:

Maki Sushi:

Our Spread.....

Poke from Foodland.... The Poke at Tanioka's is kinda salty for us, Foodland's Poke is pretty yummy and really hits the spot, and much more cheaper too!  The Poke we got were (bottom left to right): Shoyu Poke, Hawaiian Poke (with Kukui Nuts), Spicy Ahi Poke, Oyster Sauce Poke and Tako Poke.

Too much... Too Ono.... Too little time!!!  Now it's time to take a nap.... zZZzzzZZZzzzz..

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tadashi Authentic Japanese Cuisine

Dinner... we stumbled across this place one day when we were just roaming around Pearl Kai Shopping Center. Hmmm, we thought.... another Japanese restaurant to check out.

Tonight's dinner was probably the 6th time I have been to this place.  Very simple, yet nice for a family dinner to take place.  We usually like to eat out during the weekend, so this place has become one of our favorites.

Tadashi is located in Aiea, across the Pearl Ridge Shopping Center, in a little shopping mall called Pearl Kai.  Coming from the airport, you'd take the Aiea exit (on the freeway), and head down on Kamehameha Hwy, and turn into the shopping center, which'll be on your left. Parking is pretty tight.  But if you go in perfect timing, you just might find a time when there are hardly any cars there anyways.  We were there after a Friday work day, just between the time people are still driving home, and settling in, getting ready for dinner, or deciding what to eat or do for dinner.  We have already decided!! LOL...

Our favorite dish to get at Tadashi's is the Hamachi Kama.  This dish is a "Market Price" dish, meaning that the price could fluctuate depending on how the market is going.  So if there is plenty fish, or less fish, it'll depend on it being more costly or not.  Most of the time is is $23+.  Tonight, we paid $31 for each dish.  The hubby n' I had a dish of this each.  We of course couldn't finish it.  Took it home and will dine on it later.  This is the Hamachi Kama (the collar of the Hamachi fish)... lots of fatty tissue, soft & moist.  If you haven't tried the Hamachi Kama ever in your life, and LOVE fish, I would suggest you try this at least ONCE!!!  My hubby introduced this to me maybe about a year ago, and I have always ordered this whenever I go to eat at a Japanese Restaurant that offers this dish.


We also ordered some Sashimi, which is thinly sliced raw fish. Delicioso!! We got the Ahi and the Hamachi... Oh yum! Looking at these pictures making me salivate!!!




For the little one, we ordered a dish of Tempura. Which are yummies deep friend in a batter.  This dish comes with 3 Shrimp Tempura, and various vegetable tempuras.  I ate the veggies.  I have to stay away from Shrimp for health reasons. :(  Unfortunate, but at least my family can enjoy them!


We also got him the Chicken Karaage (Fried Chicken).  They don't usually have a kids meal, so we order from the appetizers and get him this with a side order of rice.


After eating our meals, we were stuffed.  Couldn't finish everything. But at least we were satisfied. I'll be looking forward to eating those left overs later tho'.... don't be fooled!