Oodles and noodles of Chinese cuisine!

A few weeks ago, I was inspired to whip up some delicious Chinese dishes.

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I’ve always wanted to replicate California Pizza Kitchen’s (CPK) Kung Pao Spaghetti dish. I didn’t realize how simple it was. Here it is! I did replace some ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (I used Himalayan pink salt)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts  (I used pine nuts)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (I used chives)

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons red chili paste with garlic, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Source: Kung pao spaghetti w/ chicken.

Next, I made lemon garlic sautéed bok choy as a side dish.

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It was very simple. I used garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and lemon/zest. Tossed the bok choy with the ingredients. Voila!

Recipe: lemon garlic bok choy

Lastly, I made my famous stir fry with some leftover chicken. Good ol’ stir fry.

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This sauce is amazing!

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The ingredients…

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Doesn’t this look tasty?

Have a wonderful Aloha Friday and weekend.

FS x

One of the best ochazukes I’ve ever had!

…Besides the homemade chazuke I’ve eaten countless times at home, this chazuke dish I had in Kyoto was stupendous. It was so gourmet and fancy. Ochazuke is a very simple dish made with hot water, tea, or dashi (soup) over hot rice. Some add furikake (Japanese seasoning) or Tokyō zuke (seasoned/pickled vegetables). I usually use the genmai brown rice tea and pour it over hot rice and sprinkle some Tokyō zuke. Yummy!

Overall, the food in Japan is delicious. It’s so authentic and fresh. I can’t get enough of it. I am so glad that I ordered a simple dish like ochazuke. Who would have thought that it could be so fancy and rich-tasting? Amazing!!

My heart is longing to go back to Japan again…

A perfect dish for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! In honor of today, a posting on the perfect dish- a Burmese salad from Piggy Smalls, sister restaurant of The Pig & the Lady. I love both restaurants. Their cuisine is Vietnamese-fusion. The Pig & the Lady started out at a couple Farmer’s Markets on the island. After taking off, they decided to open a physical restaurant, which my girlfriend and I were so excited for! Finally!! Their phở is unlike no other. It’s different and so tasty. A few years later, Piggy Smalls opened. Yay! Love that there’s so many options now. The Pig & the Lady still appears at Farmer’s Markets and community events.

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Doesn’t this look refreshing? Lots of variety.

The “Weekend at Burmese salad” consists of the following ingredients: green papaya, tomatoes, garlic, sesame, various toasted nuts & sprouting seeds, preserved lemons, and Serrano peppers, with fermented lahpet dressing.

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This is the salad, mixed together. Mmm!

Here’s some facts about Earth Day: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-earth-day.

If you haven’t tried one of the Piggies, you got to!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Village
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu 96814
http://thepigandthelady.com/piggysmalls/

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813
http://thepigandthelady.com/welcome

 

 

 

The cheapest meal deal thus far!

Happy Travel Tuesday!

I came across a Turkish restaurant in Ikebukuro, Japan called Turkuaz. I was so excited that I came across it; it was a hole-in-the-wall. I had to eat there! I love Turkish food. All thanks to my trip to Turkey in 2010. Oh, the wonderful memories and experience.

How sweet is this deal? It was ¥900, which is approximately $8.39 USD or so. It comes with soup, salad, the main dish, and tea. I ordered the spicy beef and lamb set. Where can you find that kind of deal?! Especially in Hawaii? I love how the meals in Japan are reasonable and filling, too. Not to mention, delicious.

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Turkuaz is located outside of the West gate exit of the Ikebukuro train station.

https://gurunavi.com/en/gdbt900/rst/?__ngt__=TT0e3212595008ac1e4ae4c1PXDqjK-duAYSSH0zpKDQlG

Hard core balsamic vinegar!

Boy, oh boy! Balsamic vinegar is where it’s at! It’s potent, but oh-so-good, and healthy for ya. Did you know it’s made from grapes?! I had no idea! Where was I? Haha! Makes me think of wine.

I was inspired by our Easter luncheon to make a dish with balsamic vinegar. I also learned how healthy it is for you. Time to use this ingredient much more often.

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I made a honey-balsamic chicken dish, courtesy of AllRecipes.

It was a very simple dish. I, of course, added onions and garlic to my dish. My must-haves!

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I baked the chicken for an hour and 10 minutes at 375 degrees. It was really good! Best to marinate the night before- not required, though.

I also made a spinach, quinoa, and strawberry salad with homemade oil and vinegar dressing. Oh, to-die-for!

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Ingredients for the dressing. I measured 1/3 c oil and vinegar and 2 tsp. sugar. The garlic powder and pepper are bonuses! Hehe!

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Beautiful salad; beautiful colors. You can cook the quinoa in a rice cooker or on the stove. I cooked it in the rice cooker- one cup of quinoa and measured two cups of water, as instructed, but the quinoa came out a bit mushy. Next time, I’ll put 1.5 cups of water instead. Can’t always trust the instructions. That’s why I always cook by taste, rather than following a recipe to-the-tee. I use recipes as a guide.

Happy Friday and upcoming weekend! Relax and unwind…

 

Over the hills on this Good Friday

It’s Easter weekend. Happy Good Friday!

My friend and I had lunch at Vegan Hills Hawaii in Kaimuki. Every week, I would pass by the restaurant on my way to yoga, and was always curious to try their food. Even though I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, I’m always up to trying different foods and exploring a different lifestyle, if you know what I mean.

Well, I finally tried the place. We loved it. Especially my friend, since she is vegetarian. She ended up going back the next day.

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We ordered the hot and cold versions of organic raspberry and peach teas- with agave. I had the iced tea. Yum! I love how they use metal straws. We should do away with paper and plastic straws- for our environment’s sake.

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I ordered The ‘Lox on country bread, instead of the sesame bagel that it usually comes with. The dish also includes: organic tofu ricotta, original salmon-like pate, organic lemon, capers, and dill.

Their food was awesome! I think the “salmon” was carrots. I also ordered potatoes with Parmesan cheese. I would love to go back to try more dishes! Their breakfast menu looks interesting.

Vegan Hills Hawaii
3585 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
http://veganhills-hi.com/

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

 

Spicy mouth!

Happy Sunday! Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Last week, my new friends/colleagues and I dined at Himalayan Kitchen in Kaimuki. I was stoked! Indian food makes me super excited, every time! Not only is it health for ya, it’s so good! I was craving for lamb and ordered the lamb madras at medium spice. I usually will order a masala or vindaloo curry sauce, but wanted to try something different. Madras is made with tomatoes and coconut milk. Boy, was it hot for medium (I’m usually able to handle that level of heat). It was so spicy that I couldn’t finish my meal. Yikes! I guess the heat can make you full faster. Good idea if you want to lose weight, huh? 😉 Haha! Nonetheless, the dish was excellent! I enjoyed it very much. I ended up finishing my curry when I returned home. By then, I was used to the level of spiciness, it didn’t seem hot anymore. Haha!

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Holy moly! Look at this piece of plain naan!! The shape looks like a huge turkey leg! Naan is a must-order to pair with the curry. Oh, and rice, too. Basmati rice is the bomb!

They have a variety of different naans, which is a type of Indian bread. Can’t go wrong with the naan. I do love the cheese and garlic naans, too.

Visit Himalayan Kitchen
1137 11th Ave.
Honolulu, 96816
808.735.1122

For your reading, an article on health benefits of curry powder: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-curry-powder.html