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Tangzhong Roux FAQ

I have had white bread made this way since I was young (and I am a baby boomer)... The method was popularized by the Japanese name, Hokkaido Bread.

Aug 18, 2014
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Tangzhong Roux FAQ

My fav recipe for baking bread.... it always comes out softer than regular bread. Using milk liquid makes it creamier.

Aug 16, 2014
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I bought frozen mussels before I knew any better

Use them as you would make clam sauce for pasta. I made clam chowder (mussel chowder?) once, and it was delic. Or, if you are into Asian cooking, you can do curry with coconut milk. Be warned .. don't cook too long, else it will be rubbery.

Aug 09, 2014
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Aloha from NYC! What did you stock up for the Hurricane to eat?

Sardines, of course.... (and for some folks: spam!)

Aug 08, 2014
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When is Fong's Meat Market open?

I could not imagine a Chinese restaurant operating two days in a week !! LOL

Aug 08, 2014
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Brie

Natuerlich! Now, why don't I think that....:) Will be in the menu soon....

Aug 06, 2014
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Brie

I have a wedge of somewhat old riped brie that tasted too strong just to put on cracker. What else can I do with it without throwing it away?

Aug 05, 2014
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Need to use 600g/21 oz. of Valbreso Feta before it expires 08/17/2014

Drain it and freeze on ice tray. Of, about fancy raita... yoghurt cucumber feta and top with some spicy herb... Serve with crudité platter in a hot day. Should be very refreshing.

Jul 29, 2014
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Le Nonne update

Thanks for the update... I am not surprised! Cannot even survive one year operation. Price is just too high for the regular folks in Kapolei with little choices of menu - compared to Assaggio. I will miss the outside seating with the nice view of the Kapolei park....

Jul 22, 2014
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Milk Bread

Just to let you know that I just sliced a piece of the Hokkaido bread from the bread machine. The tang zhong really made it supple and velvety, although, I must admit, hand knead is better. Oh well, it'll do.for now. I will improve in time.

Jul 17, 2014
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Milk Bread

I have a very tiny kitchen and not much counter space to do kneading by hand...hence the bread machine. That's the price of average living in metro Honolulu !

Jul 17, 2014
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Need ideas for coconut Thai seasoning blend

I would make curried lentil or other beans, such as chickpeas, kidney beans etc. with it. Should be delicious if you throw some firm tofu in it or fresh green beans or long beans, or any other veg of your choice.

Jul 17, 2014
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Milk Bread

Will try that... thanks, Antilope.....:) Can't wait to bake it.

Jul 17, 2014
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Milk Bread

Thanks..but I use the Breadman -- not big enough to place 9x5 inch loaf pan. I will figure out how to use the recipe -- see how it works out.

Jul 17, 2014
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Milk Bread

Also known as Hokkaido Bread using tang zhong. Seeking in vain for this recipe but using bread machine. Anybody? Thanks in advance.

Jul 17, 2014
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top fine dining restaurant on Oahu as of May 2014

Check 53 By the Sea....

Jul 10, 2014
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Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Great report! If you want to avoid crowds and just relax,, the west side resorts are the places to go...and relax (or Turtle Bay Hilton on the north shore...). Unfortunately these resorts can't compete with the Waikiki resorts--foodwise, that is.

Jun 27, 2014
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Uses for Maggi Seasoning

I use it since childhood -- just liking using soy sauce. Taste great on hot rice!

Jun 25, 2014
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Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Next time, try the Napoleon' Bakery's coconut pastry... it really is delicious. Haven't had it for a while since watching my calories.....LOL

Jun 24, 2014
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Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Oops...need to add: We have two grocery stores in KapoleiL Safeway and Foodland, and of course, Costco -- where you can purchase food from their deli's. And, favorite restaurant for residents: Zippy's - a chain local food where you can dine in a clean and friendly atmosphere, and they also have bakery -- their coconut pastry is to die for. Try them.

Jun 24, 2014
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Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Welcome to West Oahu.... Kapolei is the second city, and it is only about 5 miles from Ko Olina. There are several restaurants in the area:
1. Chinese (5)
2. Thai-Laotian (1)
3. Vietnamese (3)
3. Korean (2)
4. Italian (2)
5. Organic Deli (1)
6. Japanese curry / noodle house (at leasat 3)
7. Pizza (Brick Oven, Pizza Hut,, Papa Johns)
8. Local food (several)
9. Chain restaurants (Chili's, Denny's, Ruby's)
10. Sushi restaurants (at least 3)
11. Mexican (1)
12. Other fast foods restaurants...
13. Starbucks (2)
14... others that I miss....

Of course in a hurry, there is the Ko Olina Village with several restaurants as well... though not too much varieties.

These restaurants are mostly located in the various shopping centers in Kapolei. And, if you want to venture further, Waipahu City is only about 12 miles from Ko Olina and they too have several ethnic restaurants. Have fun!

Please visit these paces...

Jun 24, 2014
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53 BY THE SEA

Are you telling me no one has been to this lovely place yet?? Just wondering...

Jun 20, 2014
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where to buy plain noodles by the pound

Chinatown- on King Street across from Oahu Market -- various yellow noodles. If you want chow fun,two stores: on Kekaulike Street and Hotel Street. You can also buy big package of pancit noodle from Don Quijote or Tamura's.

Jun 18, 2014
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53 BY THE SEA

I am more interested in the dinner menu; hopefully somebody will let us know how it is. Seems like a very nice restaurant; the menu looks great. But, personal experience is needed...

Jun 16, 2014
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53 BY THE SEA

Located at the "old" John Dominis restaurant. Would like to have input and/or review of this place's menu, please? Wine pairing? Thanks for your help.

Jun 16, 2014
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Good food in Kapolei?

I have ordered CSA box from Aloun Farms as well. Great box of really fresh veggies and fruits for $30.. The best part is you don't have to subscribe the order; Mao farms requires you to subscribe. Aloun farm has several pick up delivery. Website; freshalohadirect.com

Jun 12, 2014
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Le Nonne update

Had dinner last night at Le Nonne in Kapolei == my third visit to this fine dining resto in Kapolei. I was somewhat disappointed with my order of lobster ravioli. Too doughy and only a very small pieces of lobster meat (?). Although the sauce was delicious and creamy, for $20 I could have bought a whole lobster ! The bread served was dry and salty. My first two visits were much better. I hope they maintain their quality because I like the ambience and the seating on the lanai with nice breeze and greenery overlooking the Kapolei park is very soothing. To my disappointment, they no longer serve gelato.

Jun 11, 2014
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Good food in Kapolei?

Although Safeway was the first grocery store in Kapolei, lately I have been very disappointed with what they offer. I prefer Foodland store, new and lots of varieties, very friendly service. If you want to go for more oriental stuff, Don Quixote in Waipahu is the store. Have you tried the Kapolei Farmer's market on Sunday morning at 7.00 am at Kapolei Rece. Center; and there is another one on Thursdays at Kapolei High School from 3pm - 6 pm.

Jun 11, 2014
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ideas for a savoury salad to bring to a Tropical potluck?

Always refreshing is fresh pickle of pineapple & cucumber salad with chopped tomato and onion, and topped with chopped cilantro and/or fresh chili pepper. Simple mixture of vinegar/lime juice, sugar, salt (optional fish sauce), chopped garlic. Of course you can scatter the macadamia nuts for extra crunch.

Good food in Kapolei?

Excellent cook? Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I have done that in the past...out of curiousity. Will I go back? I prefer my own cooking to anything that is presented out there...LOL

Jun 09, 2014
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