hawaii: day 2

we woke up bright and early the next day so we could drop by the small farmer’s market place at the local community college.

there were some really beautiful flowers, lots of fresh veggies, and food!

pretty orchids

these cakes looked so cute!

cute cakes

cameron and i shared a crabcake benedict from one of the stands. 

crabcake benedict

it was very delicious!  there was a tasty crabcake with a perfectly poached egg in an orange hollandaise sauce.  there were also some lightly/nicely seasoned potatoes and spinach. the eggs were nice and runny. :)  this dish is winning for tastiest meal on the island during the visit.

crabcake benedict with runny egg!

for lunch, we went to the coco ichibanya curry house.  i had the cream corn croquettes with curry,

cream corn croquette curry

and cameron had the natto (fermented soy beans) curry. 

natto curry

we both had the “spicy” curry (the only other choice is mild).  the croquettes were nice and crispy on the outside and creamy and fluffy on the inside.  the curry itself was very good.  it had a good balance of sweet and salty, and the tiny bit of spiciness was perfect.  other people might like it spicier, but it was good for me.  cameron’s natto curry was also very good, and all the curry sauce lessened the strong taste of the natto a bit. 

later in the day we drove out with cameron’s parents to waianae to go fishing with cameron’s relatives.  it was raining a little, but it let up after a while so we did some fishing,

rock cod

enjoyed the beautiful scenery,

pretty ocean picture

and watched the monk seals!

hawaiian monk seals

as per tradition, for dinner we had kfc fried chicken and spam musubis.  there was also some three bean salad, cole slaw,
and gravy smothered mashed potatoes. 

kfc and spam musubis

last year after we all went swimming we were famished, and this meal was really delicious.  this year i didn’t go swimming though, since it was a little cold in the water, so i wasn’t that hungry.  i felt kinda bad after eating all that.  oh well.  but if you are really hungry, kfc and spam musubis on the beach are surprisingly delicious.

hawaii: day 1

spring break in hawaii!  mmm… tasty. 

on the night we arrived, cameron’s mom prepared a bunch of yummy food for us to eat.  yum! 
we had…

somen salad

somen noodle salad,

sushi

sushi,

beef and chicken

beef and chicken. 

it was all very tasty.  those shrimp had a real kick of wasabi!

who can imagine a more romantic meal than…

a LOCO MOCO!!!! heart-stopping goodness. how appropriate!

loco moco

i am behind on posting stuff, but i was really excited about making loco mocos today so i am posting the deliciousness now.

i’ve been meaning to make this for a while since after winter break cameron got a hamburger recipe from his mom, and we found a gravy recipe online.

hamburger
from better homes cookbook

1 beaten egg
2 tbl milk or water
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice) or 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tbl chopped onion or 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbl prepared mustard or 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 clove garlic, minced, of 1/8 tsp garlic powder (optional)
1 lb. ground beef, ground pork, ground veal, or ground lamb

1. in a mixing bowl combine egg and milk or water. stir in bread crumbs; onion; mustard; garlic, if desired. 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper.

2. add meat, mix well. shape meat mixture into 4 3/4-inch thick or 6 1/2-inch thick patties.

hamburger patties

3. place patties on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. broil 3-4 inches from heat for 15-18 minutes for 3/4-inch patties (10-12 minutes for 1/2-inch patties) or until no pink remains. turn once. serves 4-6.

hamburger patties

comments: we used ground sirloin (cameron’s mom told us to), and i put extra onions. yum. really easy, but very tasty.

gravy
from big island grinds

gravy

1 can good beef broth
flour for thickening
dash of worcestershire sauce
1 tbl butter

1. Pour a little broth into the same pan and incorporate the yumyums, then pour in the rest of the broth.
2. Bring to a boil and let reduce for about 3-5 minutes or so, depending on taste, for a more potent gravy.
3. Turn down heat to a simmer.
4. Add couple dashes of worcestershire sauce.
5. In a seperate bowl, mix flour with some water.
6. Using a whisk, slowly whisk in the flour/water mixture until gravy is nicely thick & smooth.
7. Turn off heat and mix in the butter until well blended.

comments: the reason i used this recipe is because i trust this man james. if you read his blog, he is a loco moco connoisseur. he even has a whole rating system for loco mocos! this gravy was also really easy and fast, but delicious.

assemblage:
first, a nice layer of rice

rice

patty

then the egg (with yolk intact and runny)

rice + patty + egg

then GRAVY!!!

loco moco

then, attack!

loco moco

mmm, that is truly delicious stuff. and the egg was nice and runny :)

royal hawaiian bbq madness!

cameron and i were searching online for hawaiian bbq’s in the area, and we discovered this website, where there’s a list of southern california plate lunch locations. we found one called royal hawaiian bbq (158 w. foothill, monrovia), which is not too far, and we found some good reviews on it.

ok, so i cannot deny the deliciousness of plate lunches, but i don’t like to eat them too often because they are super bad for you and kind of nasty if you think about it too much. if they had more vegetables and less macaroni salad maybe they would a little better. although everything is still fried. but so tasty…

anyway, when bingus came to visit, we kind of promised him we’d take him to eat some hawaiian food. and somehow cameron convinced me that the two of us should take royal hawaiian bbq on a test run before we took bingus there. so somehow we ended up eating there TWICE in one week. i think i’d be more disgusted by this if weren’t so DELICIOUS.

round one:

someone who wrote about this place online said the kalua pork was really good, so i got that. plus it has cabbage, and vegetables make me happy. it was very tasty. the kalua pork has that nice pulled pork consistency, and the seasonings were also yummy. the saltiness of the pork balanced by the cabbage was really good.

kalua pork

cameron had the honey garlic chicken. apparently “the mainland” doesn’t offer much garlic chicken, unlike hawaii, where it is a staple. cameron thought it was quite delicious, and i agree.

honey garlic chicken

after trying the food, i asked cameron how he would rate royal hawaiian bbq. he said he would give it an 85/100. compare this to the 35/100 he would give L&L’s! he said the rice was nice, the macaroni salad was quite good, and the main part was very good. i think this is the only macaroni salad i actually like. usually it is too mayo-y and nasty, but i ate mine all up this time.

round two:

round two almost didn’t happen because bingus was pretty booked, and cameron and i were kinda busy too. then we decided to go on a week night, but then we couldn’t find anyone so it was just me and bingus. and he was all like, “maybe we shouldn’t go since there’s only us two, and it is kinda far.” but then i was like, “let’s just go! it is delicious!” i think i’ve gone insane.

then we relied on the fact that other people would hopefully help us eat because we got a lot of food…

madness!

bingus has no self control. i had to stop him from ordering even more food. and afterwards he was like, “we should have ordered more!” we also tried their spam musubis, but we were really hungry so we ate them in the car.

okay, so we got two orders of kalua pork. then, we tried the fried mahi mahi,

fried mahi mahi

the hawaiian mix (?), which had bbq chicken, pork, beef, and kalbi ribs i think,

bbq mix

the chicken katsu and bbq beef (special of the day),

katsu and beef

and finally, OF COURSE, the loco moco.

loco moco

it was pretty tasty stuff. except when we got back no one was home… but eventually people came to eat with us, and we devoured all the food. the only disappointing thing was the eggs weren’t runny again!!! so sad. maybe next week we’ll have time to make our own loco mocos, which will have very runny eggs. besides that, the loco moco (and all the other food) was quite tasty. extreme close-up!

loco moco extreme close-up

conclusion: royal hawaiian bbq is a winner. in addition, it is located by WING STOP. one day i will go there and buy 1000 wings for $500.

loco moco (part ii)

after last time‘s loco moco fiasco (no runny eggs!!!), cam and i went to L&L’s to get some food. it looked good…

l&l's

and while the chicken katsu was very crispy and nice, my eggs weren’t runny again!!!! :( so sad. gotta go get some of the real thing in hawaii. i know i’ve have runny loco moco’s at L&L’s before though, so i’ll probably give them another chance some time. and next time maybe i’ll make my own! gotta find the perfect gravy recipe…