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Sunday, May 3, 2015


 Do you ever get sick of just the same old instant ramen you've been nuking lately? You're not a cook, but just a simple person, you eat out when you got your paycheck come payday, but after that, your budget is really...ramen, ramen and more ramen.
I understand some of you eat it uncooked like a snack. However. All you need to do to elevate your ramen experience is to do some simple things. And I'll show you what you'll need to add to that bowl or cup of instant noodles. Las Vegas, Nevada

If you know how to use a knife, get a bunch of green onions and chop them up, and leave it in an air tight ziplock baggy. When you cook your instant ramen, just add some of this in there.

Adding some grilled steak to your instant noodles really makes it rock! If you don't cook, go to a local bar and grill that sells steaks grilled, and take it home and slice it yourself, add a few slices to your instant noodles, it will really make it a nice meal.

Oh and hard boiled eggs, you can't go wrong with adding slices of hard boiled eggs to your instant soupy ramen, it really adds some body to it. Tip: put the steak in first, then the eggs, and then the green onions last because the eggs and green onions will get sloppy soggy.

There you have it, how to elevate your instant ramen noodle dish.

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In Hawaii we love to snack on all kinds of stuff, and the stuff we eat for watching a movie at the theater, at home, or doing homework, to watching your kids Pop Warner football game may be alien to you when you are first introduced to it, however I've found once someone samples our stuff... the next thing you know, they'er buying the stuff we snack on. Okay...on to the stuff we eat.

 Hawaiian Values looks like a new kid on the block for potato chips. With the giants like Lay's I know these guys will be tested. Just saw these today at a local convenience store, nope I've never tried these yet. But the Maui Chips Sour Cream and Onion chips looks like a good one, these bags are weighed in at 3 oz.
These Volcanic BBQ chips might be the ticket if you're hungry, hungry fro BBQ but can't get to the grill... 

The other stuff locals in the islands love is a rice cracker treat made up of rice, and is flavored by soy sauce, and seaweed, it is called arare (ah rah reh). It is a Japanese rooted snack. Arare comes in different shapes and sizes per package. Kids would trip to their local snack shop and buy these treats and share them with classmates after school doing homework. Adults would buy them at the same store and snack on it while watching a movie, a game, or as a snack drinking beer before the cookout. The brand you see here is Tomoe (toh-moh-eh) based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

These snacks can be purchased online and even in some mainland supermarket chains. If you are reading this and won't be coming to Hawaii anytime soon check out this link below.

Heading to Vegas? Hitting the Fremont Street Experience? Go and eat a juicy burger at Heart Attack Grill.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Eggplant, a.k.a. aubergine in some parts of this planet. I just call em "Eggplant." Filipinos call it talong, but I just call em "Eggplant." So how can you cook this veggie or fruit? What? Veggie or fruit? Okay eggplants are really a plant that has this oblong thing that looks purplish, and I don't care if it's a fruit or a vegetable. It's an eggplant. 

How can you prepare an eggplant or eggplants? Alright junior let's concentrate on who Ron Sambrano is, and what is his background. 1. Am I an Italian? No. So this leaves out anything Italian although I can do it. 2. Am I an Indian? No. So I won't do some Indian thing to it, although I can. I will my friends do eggplant like I do it in my own kitchen cooking for myself and family. First let's take a look at the different kinds of eggplants you are bound to see in your local market.

1. If you look at the picture on the top of this post, those are the good ones for making breaded eggplants, or even slicing them smaller for stir fries. 

2. The other one is like this one, long and slim.
These are good for soups, stews, and stir fries as well. Filipinos have a dish called Pinacbet and it is a braise with ginger, garlic, maybe some okra, and some tomatoes, shrimp, and fish sauce. These skinnies are good for kung pao chicken, although the big round ones can be used as well. I'm going to let you choose which ones you want, but I'm going for those big ass round ones. And we're going to make some Pork and Eggplant with a little heat.


Cooking the Eggplants
1 large round/oval eggplant, peeled and sliced halved long ways, then sliced into halves, and then into triangular pieces about 1/4" thick.

1 cup of vegetable oil (use sparingly). Tip: Eggplants soak up liquids like you would not believe, so you'll need to eyeball the oil, 1 cup should be enough. just use like a 1/2 cup to start in a large 14" wok. Heat up the oil to medium high, and cook each slice until slightly soft and remove and cool.

Marinating the pork
1 lb. pork loin, sliced thin across the grain, very thin to allow quick cooking.
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. cooking sherry or rice wine (not rice wine vinegar)
1 tsp. white pepper
In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients and let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes.

1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup sambal oelek (hot chili paste) or more
2 tbsp. raw brown sugar
1 tbsp. fish sauce (patis or nam pla)
Mix all of this in a small bowl and set aside until ready to add to the wok.

(You should have the eggplants cooked and set aside, as well as the pork sliced and marinated).

1. In the same wok used to precook your eggplant, add about 1 1/2 tbsp. of vegetable oil, and add in 1 tsp. of minced ginger. Over medium high heat, sauté the ginger for about 15 seconds.

2. Then add in the pork, half batch at at time. (You want the pork to get a crust on its exterior).. Finish the fist batch by cooking until it turns brown and set aside. Add in the last batch and do the same. Now when the second batch is cooked, add in the fist batch, toss to heat through.

3. Now add in the sauce, cook until it bubbles. Then add in the eggplants that were pre-cooked. Heat through, and serve with rice. Boom! 

There you have it, an easy home style dish Asian style. We keep it easy, noting too complicated.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Some days you just want something old school. Something totally delicious, comforting, and you got your girlfriend with you. You hop in your 1995 Honda Civic with all the moldings coming off, and then you both drive to Eddie's Diner (fictitious for blogging purposes).

Once you're there you are greeted by the lovely and longtime employee at the counter Jolynn, yep, good old Jo girl is the best. Friendly as ever, has her own family, and by golly gee whizz, she sings in the church choir. And the cook and owner is Eddie, tattoos on his forearms, in his mid forties, has a gut, likes to use the F word constantly, loves the Green Bay Packers, cold Budweiser, and strippers, by the way for this creative writing Eddie is divorced and his wife took the house but left him with the run down grungy diner. However, Eddie makes the best meatloaf, best chicken pot pie, best roast pork, best all beef hamburgers, and best steak omelets for breakfast. There's always a line come six to seven in the morning, and then it slows down only to pick up again around eleven thirty to one in the afternoon for lunch. Eddie is closed for dinners now days.

Okay where was I? Oh yeah so you and your girl is ordering two plates. Your girl Hannah orders the meatloaf with mash and a green salad and a Coke. You order the double bacon and mushroom cheeseburger with a large side of fries and two of Eddies delicious pancakes he serves all day. You sit and chat, as patrons stand in line... You don't know what Eddie's kitchen looks like, because if you did? You'd run for the hills! But the food is the best in town. Little do you know, Eddie takes a dump and washes his hands for only three seconds. He's never called the pest control hence roaches run rampant. And his diner is so out of the way and no one complains, the health inspector doesn't even make it out to Eddie's. But man the food taste good. Conclusion? What you don't know won't hurt, but enjoy!

When in Las Vegas, stop in at the Heart Attack Grill for awesome burgers. Yes their restaurant is clean and very much so.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


This could be just me, however when it comes to local grinez here in Hawaii, a plate lunch has to have white rice, sorry that brown crap shouldn't be on a plate lunch. 

Well some people who has diabetes claim that brown rice is better, not the refined white version, well whatever the case may be, I'm still not sold on brown rice on a killer combo plate of tender teriyaki beef and chicken adobo, and delicious mac salad. Really? Brown rice? Just run me over with a tow truck.. no make that reverse the truck after you run me over and back over my head again to certainly kill me!

Eating brown rice with a plate lunch is going to a Rolling Stone's concert and seeing Keith Richard's being replaced by some session's guy. Or it's like going to  KISS concert and Paul Stanley has Tom Petty as a replacement. Or it's like going to an Usher concert but Eminem is there subbing. I can go on and on but I don't want to bore the shit outta you. You get my drift? Okay you do.

Brown rice... man...what a lame ass invention, brown rice. Brown rice is for hippie vegans. Brown rice is for people that are stuck up on a health kick. It's for hospitals that serve tasteless I said, you may as well shoot me or something. Don't ever cook for me killer lau laus and serve me brown rice. Don't cook me epic beef stew, with the fatty brisket and serve me brown rice, how dare you! Brown rice. Brown rice is like the nice kid on the same street as you but you don't want him hanging with you and your other cool friends..brown rice c'mon. 

Okay I'll think about it. I seriously will! 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

This is a video me and my buddy James Kudlich did a few years ago when Teddy's Bigger Burgers opened in the Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center, in West Maui. James was being groomed as the local Man vs Food guy.

Watch him eat his Western Burger like he's having a major foodie orgasm, James loves his food, and you'll love the video too it'll make you want to go to Teddy's soon!

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Local style grines is easy to cook, there's a lot of products at the local market that can be easily fried up and eaten with white rice. 

Slice up some of your favorite Portuguese sausage, with some garlic, and then add in some bottled kimchi cabbage, heat it all up nice and hot and you got a meal for two, three, four... all depends. Simplicity my friends is what us locals are all about! We don't like making sauces, reducing liquids, or using wine.. or messing with herbs and spices we can't get. Heck no, I'm not gonna go looking for some exotic basil F that! I'm using whatever I can get at Foodland be it GMO or not... I don't give a _____!

So turn up your simplicity and eat simple ono foods local style.

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