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Return of Bento Man: Chop Chae to Mapo Tofu

Yes, he’s is back!

Noodles in almost any form are one of my favorite comfort foods, and certainly what I was in the mood for on this visit by Bento Man, so I chose the Chop Chae bento and an Imitation crab salad to fend off the evil hunger demons.

Check it out…

Chop Chae bento, $3 (click image to enlarge at top view)

In this Korean-style dish are generous slices of Shiitake Mushrooms, strips of beef, carrots, onions, Kamaboko (fish cake) and green onions, all mixed in with perfectly-done Vermicelli noodles. So ono, and only $3 bucks!

The salads looked so fresh & crisp in his cooler, so I threw one of those in the bag for good measure…

Imitation Crab Salad, $1.75 (click image to enlarge at top view)

This bento box was literally STUFFED with veggies, including crispy-green Iceberg Lettuce, sliced carrots, cucumbers, boiled egg and 2 sizable cuts of imitation crab, along with Thousand Islands dressing. Easily enough for two as a side dish. You’d be lucky to even get half that portion as a side dish in a restaurant for that price. Probably higher. While it isn’t going to win any awards for greatest salad, it gets the job done, and makes you feel good both in mind, body and wallet.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more “oomph”, then check out Diner E’s Bacon and Eggs with Fried Rice and Mandoo breakfast bento…

Bacon & Eggs with Mandoo & Fried Rice bento, $5 (click image to enlarge at top view)

Wow! That’ll do either of two things: put you immediately to sleep soon after finishing it, or, give you enough fuel to run to Hawaii Kai and back to downtown… twice. lol

Actually, those three bento lunches were what we had last week some time. Here’s two choices that Bento Man saved our day today with…

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon and Stir-Fried Pork And Green Beans, $5 (click image to enlarge at top view)

Diner “M” enjoyed this today and gave it a thumbs-up.


Mapo Tofu & Gyoza Bento, $5 (click image to enlarge at top view)

This was just OK. I enjoyed the Gyoza more than the Mapo Tofu, most likely because the Tofu used was the soft type, not firm. My pillow should be soft and my lady should be soft, but my tofu gotta’ be firm! lol The seasoned ground pork with it also lacked spices and flavor. I ended up pouring a little of the Gyoza Dipping Sauce over it, which helped it out a bit, but also took the “Mapo” out of it. Was OK though.

Their Gyoza tastes like house-made stuff, and not the frozen packaged variety. Here’s a cutaway shot…

Looks (and tasted) like a mixture of ground chicken or pork and chopped cabbage. Very basic, yet it works.

Thanks Bento Man! You saved the day again!

Here’s Bento Man’s “Secret Cave”…

Photo courtesy of Diner A

Nippon Restaurant
420 Waiakamilo Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96817

Related links:
The Friendly Neighborhood “Bento Man”
Return of Bento Man: Misoyaki Butterfish


3 thoughts on “Return of Bento Man: Chop Chae to Mapo Tofu

  • August 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Is he the same Johnny Nippon of San Francisco Irving Street? It was famous for fine seafoods. Was sad not there anymore but glad it in Honolulu. Wonder if he got Chinese Chicken Salad?

  • August 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I wish I had a Bento Man near my office! I am getting very tired of the same old stuff for lunch. I love how many bento options he carries!

  • August 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Amy, I highly doubt Nippon Restaurant in Honolulu had any affiliation with the one in San Fran’. I don’t recall seeing any Chinese Chicken Salads in Bento Man’s cooler, but I wish he did. That’s one of my favorite salads!

    Marie, indeed, bento man has something for just about everyone. Carnivores, vegetarians, seafood fanatics. Only thing, sometimes he visits our office AFTER making rounds to other businesses in the area, and the selection sucks, only having the “undesirables” in the cooler. That’s when we call him “Leftover Man”. lol


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