Mixed Plate Friday

Popeyes 3 pc Tenders Dinner (Blackened) | $9.39

Did you know Popeyes started carrying blackened tenders? Been wanted to try it, it’s basically grilled chicken tenders. I really enjoy the seasoning and the chicken is not dry at all (though it might look it). I tried it with the Mardi Gras Mustard sauce and it went well together! I would definitely get this again.

Homemade Zenzai

I wanted to be ambitious and make the fresh strawberry mochi again. I didn’t. I got lazy and was too tired. So I had prepped a can of adzuki bean paste (just cooking it on the stove to remove moisture) and it was sitting in my fridge. I also had leftover mochiko that was sitting in my fridge. It wasn’t the full box so I didn’t know what to do with it (no, I am not making mochiko chicken – no frying for me). Sooo…I decided to mess around make my own zenzai and you know what? It came out really well. Super easy to make. I just mixed water with the mochiko I had, didn’t add else and rolled them into balls and boiled them in water and drained. I cooked down the adzuki I had with some water and added a pinch of salt…and reduced it until it looked like this. My coworkers enjoyed! And you know what? It also reheats well! The balls weren’t solid rocks after reheating.

I used this recipe as guidance.

Herb Chicken Breast Chimichurri Salad | $14.95
Chicken Breast seasoned with spices & herbs then charbroiled topped with our house Chimichurri sauce over crispy Romaine, sliced black olives, grape tomatoes, thin sliced red onions, corn kernels, bacon bits, and Parmesan cheese.

This was from a lunch order over the summer from Kahai Street Kitchen. I wish they had online ordering, I had to call early in the morning before they opened to order every single dish. The guy was kind of monotone on the phone and then I got to this dish. He then asked me, how do you want the chicken done. I was dumbfounded. I just sputtered out, how can it be done? And he says, rare or medium rare. I sat in silence and he starts laughing and I bust out laughing too. That guy was too much, he was so deadpan in his delivery of it too. Anyway, this was a good salad, lol.

10 responses to “Mixed Plate Friday

  1. vickinags

    Over there is so good but such a nightmare to order and get food now. Used to be able to walk over from our old office in Kalihi because they didn’t have parking.

    • Jenny

      oh man, I remember their kalihi location! We did a lunch order one time and since I couldn’t just walk over, the parking was a nightmare there too. lol but now when I go pick up, I bring someone with me. Either I park illegal on the street or “park” illegal in the bank lot.

  2. jalna

    I want all of it.

  3. I didn’t know that mochi balls can be made that way. Super easy!

    I like the Cobb salad at Kahai Street Kitchen but with bulgogi and not kalbi – which is too sweet for me.

    btw, I did a post on noodles for you. Is very ono.

    • Jenny

      Super super easy! I’m sure it’s not authentic by any means but hey if it’s tasty, why not! Bulgogi on a cobb salad sounds really good to me right now, you’re making me want to return!!! Ohh! I’m going to check out your blog post now!!!!

  4. kat

    everything looks great! you can freeze azuki too and take out every so often:)

    • Jenny

      Ohh thanks for the tip! I actually also bought a bag of azuki beans that I’ll maybe make into the paste when I have the patience and will freeze when I do!

  5. Arlene

    I’m glad you tried the blackened tenders at Popeye’s because recently the fried tenders have been (choke) drrrr~yyy. I hope I get a good batch of the blackened tenders when I go next time. Your zenzai reminds me of Shogun restaurant at the former Pacific Beach Hotel. I only went there a few times, but it was pretty good for buffet food. The KSK guy can be pretty gruff, but I think he pretty much has to do everything by himself even though he has staff helping him. At least he was awake enough to pull your leg!

    • Jenny

      Oh man! Okay, I really hope you get a good batch of the blackened tenders! Let me know how it goes! LOL now that I know he has to do a lot of the work, I’ll have to patronise KSK more. It was a super funny experience so I have nothing but good vibes with them! Never got to try Shogun but if it reminds you of a restaurant, I’ll take it as a win.

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