alan wong’s

my brother and sister-in-law gave a very awesome christmas gift – gift certificate to alan wong’s. we finally had the chance to try it out. we got the “tasting of the classics.” the food was good, but it was SO much. we are not small eaters, but i was totally stuffed at the end. i think maybe they could reduce some of the portions… or not offer so many entrees in the tasting menu, like it would havae been nice to have a salad instead of say the lasagna. anyway, next time we’ll order ala carte so we won’t be so full.

“Soup And Sandwich” Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Kalua Pig Sandwich

look at that huge cheese thing! this is what i am talking about… it’s like the size of half a sheet of paper! nice cheesy kalua pig sandwich, creamy tomato soup.

here’s a picture of the soup:

Chopped Ahi Sashimi and Avocado Salsa Stack Stacked on Crispy Won Ton, Spicy Aioli and Wasabi Soy

this was good, although i am not a huge fan of crispy won ton, but that’s just me. we saw the appetizer size of this thing and it was ridiculous. it must have had a diameter of like 4-5″.

Ginger Crusted Onaga, Long-Tail Red Snapper Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organic Hamakua Mushrooms and Kahuku Corn

both of us chose this one as our favorite, although the fish could have been seasoned better. the sauce went really well with the fish and the corn. also, cameron is not really a big fish person, so it’s unexpected that this was his favorite.

Seafood “Lasagne”

this was good, but so rich! nicely cooked seafood in here. this about where i started to get quite full…

Twice Cooked Short Rib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce

the eggplant needed some seasoning. the shrimp and short rib were good, but i was so full!

“Mini Coconut” Haupia Sorbet in a Chocolate Shell, Tropical Fruits and Lilikoi Sauce

when this came out, we were like, “are you serious???” look at it, it’s huge! i think it would taste better without all the coconut shavings on the chocolate, was a little too coconutty. i was so full already though, so it was hard to enjoy this…

anyway, the food was good, but next time i’d rather order ala carte because the classic tasting menu has too many entrees and too much food. i couldn’t really appreciate the last few dishes because i was too full. also that dessert is kind of ridiculous. anyway, we had a good time! we’ll have a better strategy next time 🙂

menchanko tei

the other day we went to try menchanko tei on keeaumoku. it used to be in waikiki; now it has moved to the location where two of our favorite restaurants once existed (taishoken, which had the yummy tsukemen and go shi go, which had the yummy udon). hopefully this place will survive! the restaurant is part of a larger chain so we can hope.

i tried the menchanko ramen:

i enjoyed it very much. it has thick noodles and a light, drinkable broth. there’s a good variety to the toppings – shrimp, pork, mochi, chives, tofu, and that tofu thing. nicely balanced bowl of noodles, not too heavy, just right!

they also have katsu, nabe, other noodles. i’m not sure if i will try those though because i really like the menchanko one… maybe cameron will try them!

they had this cute drawing to advertise the chicken nanban set too…

i love cute drawings of food…