Mark this as a “first” on this food blog for a consecutive “Grindz of the Day”. Yet hey, it is another day, right? Where today we start from where? Da’ beginning! Don’t you love when I peel away your time saying these things? lol
Enough “fluff”. We’re here today — which actually was yesterday — at On On Chinese Restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue, just a step away from Leonard’s Bakery, and also right across the street from the awesome Kapahulu Safeway. Here for some “Pake” priced lunch time grindz, in the form of their Lunch Plate, which includes Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs, Beef Choy Sum Noodles, Crispy Gau Gee and Steamed Rice. All that for a thrifty $8.50 cents.
Please now allow me now to translate that into “Canton-English” for you: “Shee Show Spay Wee, Bee Choy Suh Noo-oles, Kee-pee Gau, Why Lye. Aye Dollah Fitty.” Roger that? OK, good. LOL!!!!
Next up, we have the same plate, except it’s all “Shee Show Spay Wee” (Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs), which was by design per my mom’s request. She LOVES this stuff.
Now you may be wondering where I’m getting this heavy Cantonese accent, which would be from none other than the absolutely GORGEOUS owner of On On Chinese Restaurant on Kapahulu, Mrs. Jamie Lum…
Jamie tells me that she’s originally from the Guangzhou province of China, nearby Northwest of Hong Kong, hence her heavy Cantonese dialect and cooking style, as are most Chinese restaurants here on Oahu. I asked Jamie what “On On” means, and she quickly answered, saying it means “Comfortable”. NICE! On On = “Comfortable Chinese Restaurant”. Love it!
And Jamie really is a darling. Very sweet, saying how much she loves the people in Hawaii, and that she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but right here, doing what she does, cooking delicious Cantonese food for the folks who drop by her restaurant on bustling Kapahulu avenue.
Here’s On On Chinese Restsaurant’s most current takeout menu…
Next up, we’re at Brian’s Hawaiian Kitchen in the Ward Warehouse Food Court…
And? Well, this was actually Diner K’s plate, as she loves her chicken, however I tried a piece and thought it was pretty good. Especially when dipped in the sweet ‘n sour sauce, which I appreciate they gave not just 1 or 2, but three to make sure the dish is complete from start to end. Dig that. The Mochiko breading had a nice glutenous mouth feel, while the chicken within was fairly moist ‘n tender. The Mac was decent. Not “creamy mellow” great, but decent. I like my Mac to be creamy and low key. This one was a bit loud, but not too loud. Know what I mean? lol
Still at the Ward Warehouse Food Court, right next door to Brian’s Hawaiian Kitchen, we have a Kalbi plate from Korean BBQ Express…
As usual, you get 4 choices of Banchan at Korean BBQ Express, where with this Kalbi plate Bean Sprouts, Mac Salad, Korean Potato Salad and Japchae. And? Excellent, especially for the price. I still can’t believe Yummy’s is charging almost $20 for a takeout plate of Kalbi. Sheesh.
Speaking of loud, next up we have food fodder from Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, made ever so clear from last night’s debate with Hillary. Nah, just kidding. That’s just “locker room banter”. lol
Actually, these are live Mirugai (Geoduck) Clams from Ke’eaumoku Super Market, not surprisingly, on “Koreamoku” Street, right across McDonald’s. It’s a pretty cool Korean market with really good prices, similar to Palama Market, right around the corner. Dang it. I so wish they named it “Koreamoku Super Market”. That would have been WAY more cool! LOL!!!!
While we’re on foods with an interesting appearance, above is Rambutan, a fruit I tried from Frankie’s Nursery at the KCC Farmers Market. As you can tell, it’s a close relative to Lychee, with the same type of flesh and seed within. However it turned out not quite as sweet and juicy as locally-grown Lychee. Still good, but no can touch locally-grown Lychee. Always da’ bes’!
So there above is “Koreamoku’s” take on Kalbi, for a very nice price, and pretty dang good Kalbi, FWIW. Same for the banchan: Kimchi here is super tasty, and so was the Mac Salad, hitting all the right “cool ‘n creamy simplicity”, fresh-tasting points. Pickled Gobo, good stuff, too. All for $11, sweet deal.
Finally, still at “Koreamoku” Super Market, like any other market filled with imported groceries, their freezer case was no exception, stocked to the hilt with all kinds of crazy Korean ice cream bars, with crazy names. As for example this one above called “BABAMBAR”. Not sure if Emeril Lagasse has interests in this, but if he doesn’t, he should! lol Seriously, soon to come on this blog, I’ll be reviewing these imported North Korean (nah, just kidding, it’s South Korean) ice cream bars from “Koreamoku” Super Market, and give you my American palate’s take on it.
Until then, don’t forget to vote! Trump? Hillary? None of the above? lol