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Wasabi Bay

Since I was working in a real office for the week, I was able to go out for lunch, which I typically never do at home. I headed to Wasabi Bay with the girls.
The lunch deals here are crazy and cheap. The small plates all come with miso soup or salad. Here are the pork gyoza, which also had a little side salad. The spider roll. The rolls are a little smaller than the regular ones, but the prices are even teenier!Here’s the chicken karaage skewer. This was topped on some side salad too. I really liked the surprise greens and the slightly spicy dressing that came on it.
This agedashi tofu was good and huge. And it all ended up being like $6 a person. Seriously. They’re practically giving this food away, because it really would cost you more in raw ingredients if you wanted to make this on your own. If I worked in my proper corporate office, I could do this every day.

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H Mart Japanese

I often don’t feel like cooking, so one of the easy ways out is the H Mart food court. Here is the pork tonkatsu with a couple of fried shrimp from the sushi joint. Oh, and also a smattering of fried dumplings. And these strange round potato type croquette things. We had no idea what they were. There was also some obligatory salad with ginger dressing, rice, and miso soup. The ginger dressing was not very good. The pork cutlet and the shrimp were fine, but the sauce for the tonkatsu was unpleasantly sweet. If you want good tonkatsu from the H Mart food court, go to the other place that serves tonkatsu, even though I can’t go there anymore ever since the food taking 45 minutes incident.
I’ve never actually gotten the food from the sushi place before. My mom nearly always gets food from there, and I always remark that it looks good, but then I never get it. Well, I was craving udon, so I actually decided to take the plunge! I got the udon with a california roll. California roll – good! Udon – good! It’s not the most exciting, but it’s a good deal for a nice hot bowl of udon soup and a fresh california roll.

Pei Wei Overeaters

It’s always random the hours that restaurants have on weekends. We failed at going to one place that wasn’t going to be open for a little bit, so we headed over to Pei Wei instead. I hadn’t been here in awhile. I don’t remember being able to get beer there before, but you definitely can. And you can get big ass beers.
We totally got bamboozled by the menu. We read Japanese Chile Ramen and totally thought this was going to be a bowl of ramen noodle soup. Total order fail! Instead, this just ended up being a noodle dish with ramen noodles in it. You cannot imagine the disappointment. Anyhoo, this was a heaping bowl of egg noodles with a slightly spicy soy mirin sauce, scallions, garlic, bean sprouts, carrots, onions, lime, cilantro, chile peppers, and tons of tofu that we’d picked. It tasted fine, but it was totally not what we thought it would be. So it made us a little sad.
This is the Thai Dynamite with crispy chicken. It’s cooked in a sriracha sauce withh lime, scallions, garlic, red bell peppers, carrots, and thai basil. While there were some visible scallions, the carrots and bell peppers were few and far between.
I’m a creature of habit with certain restaurants, so here’s my Japanese Teriyaki rice bowl, which is my favorite dish here. It’s got a nice thick sweet soy glaze, onions, napa cabbage, carrots, spinach, scallions, and sesame seeds. And as usual, I got mine with brown rice, some of the best brown rice, ever! Why would two people order three entrees? Well, we thought we were going to share a nice bowl of ramen. Cue the sadface! At least we got to drink the crap out of some mr. pibb.
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