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Old October 9th, 2006, 09:41 PM
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Killer carne asada burrito from Diego's. The boss picks up lunch for the office when we come in on quasi-holidays.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 10:16 PM
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Went and tried Poke Stop in Waipahu, next to Sizzler's, just off Ft. Weaver road. Owned and operated by Elmer Guzman formerly Exec Chef at Sam Choy's and trained under Emeril. Anyway, must recommend if you're looking for "gourmet" plate lunches. Had the combo of seared ahi and salmon belly....very ono! BTW, lots of Poke too, which I intend to try on my next visit.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 10:21 PM
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tempura udon at Jimbos. It was good but next time I think I will try their curry (which smelled great!)
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Old October 9th, 2006, 11:00 PM
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Pork and Shrimp Sari Sari (mixed filipino vegetable soup), Pinapaiatan (neva mind), Pork and Shrimp Balatong (Mungo Beans) with tang kong (ong choy) leaves, Pusit (squid) Adobo, and Rice from New Cafe Dalisay on Maunakea Street in Chinatown.

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Old October 9th, 2006, 11:56 PM
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Cheeseburgers and a bottle of water.
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Old October 10th, 2006, 03:42 PM
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Jumbo Jacks and a can of Mountain Dew.
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The wife and our youngest joined glossyp and I at The Mandarin Cafe on Cooke Street (technically 725 Kapiolani, or Imperial Plaza). Koreanized Chinese... less sweet, more spicy. It was wonderful. Sweet sour pork (deliciously crunchy), a beef long rice dish, champong (spicy seafood and vegetable soup), and za jang men, which glossyp affectionately calls "axle grease," a thick, thick, thick noodle dish that just screams "comfort food."



For dessert, their unusual glazed apple treat (battered and deep fried, glazed with sugar, cinnamon and sesame seeds, and cooled to crisp deliciousness in an ice water bath). It was great, although it took 'em twenty minutes to make. The shocked look on the server's face when we ordered it makes me think some poor kitchen worker had to run over to Foodland for some apples!
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I walked to the Manapua Truck on Pua Lane. I puchased the following:

cheese burger $1.00
french fries $1.00
fried noodles $1.00
1 fried chicken thigh 75 cents
1 T cookie 45 cents
1 almond cookie 45 cents
1 pepsi 60 cents
1 a&w root beer 60 cents

Total = $ 5.85 no tax

No. I didn't eat it all. I saved the cookies and pepsi for laterz!

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Old October 10th, 2006, 11:46 PM
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and za jang men, which glossyp affectionately calls "axle grease," a thick, thick, thick noodle dish that just screams "comfort food."
I assume the last photo is the za jang men. It looks so thick and spicy. Do you (or can you) drink the soup? Or is it just used as a sauce?
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Old October 11th, 2006, 12:12 AM
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BBQ sandwich, pineapple-taro sweet bread, and Tim's Sweet Maui Onion Rings... mmmm... lucky we live by Uwajimaya
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I assume the last photo is the za jang men. It looks so thick and spicy. Do you (or can you) drink the soup? Or is it just used as a sauce?
Actually, that's the champong. The broth isn't that thick, and I suppose you could slurp it... but I got full off the veggies and seafood anyway. The za jang men (glossyp's "axle grease") looks like this:



Thick, dense, heavy, black, slimy... and delicious. You could just tell it was a "comfort food." When the fridge is bare and the air outside is cold, I can just imagine sitting crosslegged in a small Seoul apartment slurping down this stuff and going to bed sated.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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Chicken pasta, mac salad, mixed veggies and a bottle of Mountain Dew.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 05:20 PM
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CHILI! World Class Chili, Pike Place Market - Texas style (diced beef), medium heat, over small shell pasta, topped with shredded cheddar, oyster crackers on the side, and a Dr. Pepper.
http://worldclasschili.com/
...+ onions = today's lunch.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 04:04 AM
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The za jang men (glossyp's "axle grease") looks like this: [...] Thick, dense, heavy, black, slimy... and delicious. You could just tell it was a "comfort food." When the fridge is bare and the air outside is cold, I can just imagine sitting crosslegged in a small Seoul apartment slurping down this stuff and going to bed sated.
Pzarquon, thank you for introducing me to another place on Oahu that serves Za Jang Men! That dish is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood. I make it a point to seek out and try it from every restaurant that I find serving it. I've not been to Mandarin, but thanks to you, I will soon. I wonder if your "less sweet, more spicy" description applies to how they make this dish, which would be good. (I think many Korean restaurants are too sweet, not spicy enough)

You can also find this dish at:
On Dong, Eastern Paradise, and Wang's Garden, and a hole-in-the-wall place in Wahiawa
Used to be served at:
Jade's Garden (Peking) on Keeaumoku, and I never got to try the one at the now closed Korean restaurant at 99 Ranch Market

Know of any others?

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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:32 PM
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Steamed manapua made at home (I had leftover char siu) and chow fun.

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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:59 PM
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Pzarquon, thank you for introducing me to another place on Oahu that serves Za Jang Men! That dish is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood. I make it a point to seek out and try it from every restaurant that I find serving it.
Well, I pass the thanks on to glossyp, who'd been urging us to try The Mandarin Cafe because of this dish for months. It's great to read what za jang men means to you, and that it's actually on the menu elsewhere (our outing was the first I'd ever heard of it!). I'm curious, now, too, to taste how it might vary.

I'd say the "less sweet, more spicy" is more a general observation of the Korean approach to Chinese food at The Mandarin Cafe... notable especially since local interpretations of Chinese and Korean food definitely trend too sweet. The za jang men itself had a more overall "smoky" flavor to me... unusual, but still good. Sticks to your ribs, as they say.

ObTopic: So delicious was this lunch on Tuesday, I'm a bit embarassed to report that I ended up at McDonald's today. Chicken Selects.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 12:17 AM
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Polish sausage, chicken bake and a cup of Diet Coke from Costco.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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I'm curious, now, too, to taste how it might vary.

notable especially since local interpretations of Chinese and Korean food definitely trend too sweet. The za jang men itself had a more overall "smoky" flavor to me... unusual, but still good. Sticks to your ribs, as they say.
I love the descriptions...thick, dense, black, slimy, delicious, axle grease, stick to your ribs. So true :-) If you or your dining partners want to try a variation of this dish, On Dong (King St, makai, between Kalakaua & Kaheka) and Wang's Garden (Pearl Kai shopping center across from Pearl Ridge) both have "Gan Za Jang Men", which is a Seafood version. Basically they add small shrimp to the sauce. The sauce is so thick that you might not notice or taste them though, which is why I usually stick with the regular :-) BTW, this dish is available in packaged frozen versions at the Korean groceries, and even in a dry package version at Daiei/Don Quijote. These restaurants are Northern Chinese, which is spicier than Southern Chinese. I likee.

I'm sorry to have gone so far off this thread's topic

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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:54 PM
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Mapen, I'm so stoked to hear that Wang's Garden is still at Pearl Kai!

My late husband and I used to LOVE going to that place! Small, nothing fancy, but oh, the food!

Now, that was WAY before my Little Village Noodle House experiences, but if shopping out that way, I would totally go back to Wang's Garden and revisit the Kung Pao Chicken I remember so fondly.

OT: I don't yet know what's for lunch, but I'm working up some hunger and have yet to make my Costco trip today. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Noodles, a couple of chicken choices, spring rolls and a cup of Mountain Dew from U Choice Drive Inn.
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Chinese 5-spice duck with noodle soup from Thai One On (yes. that is the real name of the place). This is one of my absolute favorite Thai soups in all the world (but then, anything with duck with it is usually good in my book).

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Can of chicken breast.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 05:31 PM
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Char siu chicken, brown rice, mixed veggies from the HCC Cafeteria and a bottle of Mountain Dew from a vending machine along the way between the cafeteria and my office.
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I am having a cheese and cherry tomato Quesida with water.
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