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Duck around Oahu

Green curry duck, Peking duck, duck buns...any tips on finding to-die-for duck around Oahu? I use the Noh mix and roast, serve on good buns for a fast fix at home. Mmmmm, duck...

Jan 25, 2011
feastygirl in Hawaii

Foodie's first time in Oahu

The food court at Don Quixote in Waipahu will let you hit yummy Korean, Vietnamese BaLe, chinese, and Dave's Ice Cream all in one meal, not to mention the sushi takeout in their impressive grocery section. Haven't tried Donkey in town yet so dont know if it has as good a food court. A nice stopping place before you head to the North Shore. true local grit!

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Dave's Ice Cream
1602 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826

Jan 25, 2011
feastygirl in Hawaii

Waikiki Cheap Eats?

I would walk right over to the awesome food courts at Ala Moana Ctr and Shirokiya. And don't miss Dave's ice cream on the ground floor at Sears. You could get sacks of take out and dine on the beach.

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Shirokiya
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Jan 25, 2011
feastygirl in Hawaii

Weekend in Waikiki for local chowhounds

Easy...just stroll up Kapahulu avenue.

Jan 25, 2011
feastygirl in Hawaii

Nasty Little Treats

This is the most entertaining thread. Here's my nasty food vice, a common drinks snack in Japan is very tiny sardines gutted but dried with head-on, then'candied' in a sugar-sake-soy sauce so that they are fishy-sweet-salty-crunchy. You munch them whole, they are maybe an inch long. So yummy but many are averse to eating anything that is looking back at you. I also love salmon heads but they are not acceptable to serve in America in mixed company.

Also, the deli fat on bread thing is from our European forebears, in Germany a good deli platter features slices of both fat and lean ham. Whether you eat bread with butter, schmaltz, or sliced ham fat, it's really the same thing. A typical serving would be one slice of dense, whole grain bread with one slice of fat meat for lubrication and flavor. Not so strange after all, anyone ever eat a bacon sandwich?

Sep 16, 2010
feastygirl in General Topics

How to eat umeboshi?

Think of umeboshi as the apple cider vinegar cure-all of Japan, it's an acquired taste, and USED to be po'folks food. You would get a whole lunchbox of rice with one umeboshi in the middle, and it's powerful enough to flavor the whole meal, one bit of plum to each mouthful of rice. Add hot tea and you're back to work. Also its a representation of the Japanese flag, a very patriotic lunch.

Sep 16, 2010
feastygirl in General Topics

Sushi: Fingers or Chopsticks?

Sushi pushes so many buttons...foodie snobbery, xenophobia, wasabi-machisimo, and chopstick neurosis to name a few; for heaven's sake it's just a rice sandwich, and it can as simple as PBJ or as over-the-top as a Kobe burger. You don't want to know the indigestion-producing attention we got here in the middle West by grilling and serving fish WITH THE HEADS STILL ON. (Never again, except inside with the shades pulled down.)

Aug 27, 2010
feastygirl in General Topics

Sushi: Fingers or Chopsticks?

No one snickers when the round-eyes eat chinese food with forks...so use whatever implement is comfortable for you. Personally I prefer wooden or plastic ohashi because I don't like the hardness of metal chopsticks. I enjoy eating indian and thai curries with a spoon, but the restaurants in my area cater to American sensibilities and offer only forks, so I end up stealing a serving spoon. Never tried chopsticks on a soupy thai curry, that would be a challenge.

Aug 27, 2010
feastygirl in General Topics

Do waiters really want me to order coffee/dessert?

Stop charging extortionate prices for a simple beverage. I didn't come to your joint to savor the Pepsi. Did you squeeze that OJ? Did you hand-blend that cola syrup with seltzer? No? then why charge $1 or more for something that costs 99 cents a liter and you only had to crack the lid and pour? A paper cup and Ice may cost a nickel. So we're up to 20 cents cost for the pop, is 400% profit enough for you? Apparently not! and the Tea rant is absurd. Like fancy coffee drinks don't require a whole counter-ful of coffeemakers, syrups and garnishes? The problem is, Americans can't make a simple cup of tea because they can't deliver the water hot enough. All tea drinkers want is really hot water and a teabag.

The waiter was torn between moving you out and getting raked for not mouthing the mandatory coffee-dessert-drink offer. Never eat at an Applebees, the sales script is just too intrusive on your meal.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Not About Food

Candied Bacon

try feasty boys breaded bacon and never go back to the old bacon. best with thick sliced -- just mix equal parts flour and brown sugar and add pepper to your diabolic taste. (1 c each to 1 T coarse-ground black pepper for starters) press the bacon slices, coating in the mix, lay on a baking sheet and bake at 325-350 F, watch like a hawk, nothing sadder than an entire pound burned beyond eating. This works fabulously with sliced spam as well. Keep a big plastic container of the mix on hand for bacon emergencies.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Features

What's in Your Junk Drawer?

my contribution -- the un-ergo pastry blender that rips a chunk out of my knuckle when it slips. I traded that in for a blending fork, an old-fashioned implement that looks like a little pitchfork with thick tines.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Features

Do Bees that Make Varietal Honey Know Which Flowers to Visit?

If you harbor single-source flower doubts, find a bottle of french chestnut flower honey. The most unusual honey I've tasted, you may not recognize it as honey, the flavor is so unlike the usual.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Features

Beyond Ketchup and Mustard

kimchi counts as a salad or veg. putting kimchi on a burger is like putting coleslaw on BBQ. if you have never tried curry ketchup, heat 1 cup ketchup gently with a generous spoon of your favorite indian or thai curry base, adjust to your taste. The essential ingredient of a currywurst!

I dont' know how I lived without green El Yucatero habanero sauce, look for it at your local mercado, you won't go back to Tabasco. If your local mexican restaurant has red and green El Yuc, nicely ask to buy a bottle.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Features

Nobody Ate My Dish

Ohhh, this thread brings to mind a friend who is convinced she is a bread baker and brings dense bricks of her stuff to every potluck, where it sits uneaten. If people don't eat your contribution, get a clue! Are you making a dish for yourself, or to contribute to the festivities? Scooping half an awful casserole into the trash to soothe someone's feelings is also asking for her to bring that same dish again. Here is a no-fail appetizer that takes a quick trip to the store and 2 minutes to prepare. Buy a brick of feta cheese and a bottle of minced garlic, a bag of pita or bagel chips, and a nice dry white wine. Unwrap & drain the feta, put in a microwaveable bowl, cover (thickly) with the garlic, microwave for a couple of minutes so the cheese is just runny, nice and soft. You could also warm it in the oven. Surround with chips. This may be a cliche appetizer but I wish it appeared more often. People fight to lick the bowl.

Feb 08, 2007
feastygirl in Features