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The Mandarin Cafe

Lunch with Jen, Alex, and Gail (HawaiiDiner.com) at The Mandarin Cafe, a

"Koreanized" Chinese restaurant on Cooke Street (725 Kapiolani Blvd.,

593-1188). We had the sweet sour pork (crunchy and Alex's favorite), za

jang men (wheat noodles in a thick bean paste, a Korean comfort dish Gail

affectionately called "axle grease" and Jen's favorite), Mongolian beef on

long rice, champpong (spicy seafood soup and my favorite), capped off with

a unique glazed apple dessert (that took 20 minutes to make... methinks

someone had to run out to the supermarket for apples!). Delicious. Less

sweet, more spicy takes on Chinese food plus some Korean classics. We'll be

back!

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Taken on October 10, 2006