Wednesday, June 3, 2020

KJ's Local Grinds

The players on one of Wendell's softball teams have been holding practice sessions in Kaneohe.

Yesterday Wendell picked up lunch for us from KJ's Local Grindz.

Wendell and Landon both chose chicken which is what they're known for. I ordered a BBQ cheeseburger. Everything was really ono!! Thanks for the tip, Mich!

I only remembered about taking pictures when I was down to my last few bites. I liked it so much that I already put in my order for another cheeseburger the next time he goes that way.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

H Mart in Kakaako

Not sure when I'll be brave enough to venture out again, but H Mart is finally open!!!  Thanks for sharing, Dd!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Green Curry with Pork and Sweet Potato

I made this on the same day that I made the garlic chili oil. Good thing since the chili oil turned out too spicy. 

The curry came out good except, to tell you the truth, I didn't care for the pork. I used pork belly and even though I drained out all of the oil after frying, it was still a bit too pork fatty for me. Luckily, I enjoyed the sweet potato and bamboo shoots.

1 pound pork, sliced
4 tbs. Thai green curry paste
1 tbs. shoyu
1 tbs. brown sugar
1 tbs. ginger minced
2 tbs. fish sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chili pepper flakes
1 medium round onion
1/2 can bamboo shoots
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
2 steamed sweet potato, cubed

Brown pork.  
Add garlic, ginger and onions. 
Add shoyu, sugar and fish sauce.
Add curry paste and bamboo shoots.
Add coconut milk, chili pepper flakes and sweet potato.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Cleta's Roast Pork

Pal Cleta made Roast Pork for her family's dinner last night. Looks awesome, right!

She shared her recipe below. ❤️


I parboiled and towel dried the pork. (I don't know if parboiling made the skin not as crispy but I was going make kau yuk).

Mix 2 Tbsp Chinese wine or dry sherry (I only had whiskey), 1 tsp 5-spice, 1 Tbsp brown sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. Rub all over and roast at 375 degrees til cooked. 

I took the pork out, put in another foil-lined pan, and sprinkled with a goodly amount of salt and pepper.  Then I broiled on low til just before setting off the smoke alarm. 

Let sit 10 mins then chow.

Eat with salad so no feel bad.


Thank you, Cleta!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Garlic Chili Oil

I made this garlic chili oil yesterday. I made it because I was missing a noodle dish that I used to get at Pho Mai restaurant (now closed) which was near my old working place. The noodles were tossed with garlic chili oil, and it was so good.  I was hoping that I could reproduce it. 

I found a recipe on YouTube that looked easy so I decided to give it a try.


This is a half recipe . . . kinda . . . 

1 tsp. peppercorn
12 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium red onion, minced (this was so painful for my eyes)
10 chili peppers, minced 
1/2 cup oil

Fry peppercorn in oil for about 5 minutes. Remove peppercorn. On low heat add garlic, then onions, then chili pepper. Stand there for about 45 minutes stirring, stirring, stirring until your back gets sore and the chili peppers turn dark red in color.

Here is the YouTube video:

After the oil was done, I stir-fried some shrimp that had been marinating in the following: 

1 tbs. oyster sauce
1 tbs. shoyu
1 tbs. fish sauce
1 tbs. brown sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced

I put the shrimp on pho noodles which I had tossed with the garlic chili oil. It came out very tasty but too spicy for me. I could only eat a little. Luckily, Landon can handle spicy and he ate it all up.

I wonder what would happen if I put half the amount of chili peppers instead . . . hmmmm?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Part 1: Melanie Gibb's Interview

This was posted on YouTube yesterday.

Melanie Gibb likely knows more about Chad and Lori Daybell's relationship than anyone else. She was Lori's best friend, attended conferences where Chad spoke and was with them the moment they met. She saw the pair's friendship quickly turn into something more and says Lori confided intimate details about the couple's activities, beliefs and future together. Gibb is an extremely private person who has been in hiding since December. That's when police announced Lori's children, 8-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, were missing. Their mother has refused to say where they are and is in the Madison County Jail on two charges of desertion and nonsupport of a dependent child. After remaining silent for five months, Gibb is speaking exclusively with about the case, what she knows, where she believes JJ and Tylee are and how she got "sucked in" to Chad and Lori's religious circle. We spent several hours with Gibb in an undisclosed location and have separated our interview into three parts that will be posted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Pillsbury Cheesy Biscuits

I made these last night to go with a chowder that Landon made. Sorry, I no more the chowder recipe. Lan said that he just threw things together and didn't know proportions. But I can give you the recipe for the biscuits.

It came from the Pillsbury website here. It came out surprisingly good . . . tasty with a nice fluffy texture.


2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky refrigerated biscuits
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In small bowl, stir melted butter, Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder until well mixed.
3. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Place on cookie sheet. Brush with butter mixture. Sprinkle each with about 2 teaspoons of cheese. Top each biscuit with remaining layer. Brush with butter mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and parsley flakes.
4. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

We didn't have Old Bay seasoning (or parsley flakes).  I used my sister's Hot & Spicy spice blend instead.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Wendell's Sesame Beef and Asparagus

Wendell made this last night. It was super tasty. He got the recipe from Rock Recipes here



  • 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced steak 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic 
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger root 
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce, reduced sodium version if available 
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder 
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil, more or less to taste 
  • 1 tbsp corn starch 
  • 1/4 cup beef stock, or water 
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds 
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus 
  • 3/4 cup sliced water chestnuts


    1. Cut the asparagus into 1 1/2 inch pieces and blanch in boiling salted water for only 3 to 4 minutes. 
    2. Drain the asparagus and immediately plunge it into ice water to stop the cooking and preserve its color. (You can use broccoli or green beans here if you prefer but use the same cooking method for them too.) 
    3. After a minute, drain the ice water off of the asparagus and set it aside. 
    4. Heat a wok over very high heat. Add 2 tbsp of peanut or regular sesame oil and quickly stir fry the steak slices for only 1 to 2 minutes. 
    5. Remove the beef from the wok and set aside while you prepare the sauce. 
    6. To the wok, add the ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, 5 spice powder, rice wine vinegar, black pepper, brown sugar and toasted sesame oil. Bring to a boil for only a minute. 
    7. Dissolve the corn starch in the water and add to the simmering sauce in the wok, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. 
    8. Add the beef back to the sauce along with the blanched asparagus and water chestnuts. 
    9. Simmer only for another minute or so until the beef, water chestnuts and asparagus are heated through. Serve over steamed rice or your favorite Chinese noodles. 
    10. Sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds when serving.

Friday, May 22, 2020


We had lunch from Kokoro-Tei yesterday.  It was good.

Beef Bowl and Curry Deluxe ($12.98)

Nori Kara Salmon Deluxe ($8.58) with Tuna/Mayo ($1.50). It came with two chikuwa and 3 karaage chicken as well as salmon, but Wendell got to it before I could take the photo.

Nori Kara Deluxe ($7.98) with Tuna/Mayo ($1.50)

Healthy Vegetable Bento ($8.98)