Food Friday: Little Village Noodle House

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There’s a lot of Chinese restaurants on Oahu, and downtown Honolulu has a gem called Little Village Noodle House. It’s been named Best Chinese Restaurant for 11 years (!!) and one bite of any of their Northern Chinese dishes and you’ll agree.

My standout dishes are…

Orange Chicken – This is NOT like Panda Express’ one, for sure! One of Little Village’s popular dishes, fried, boneless chicken are coated with a sweet and tangy sauce that’s not overwhelming of orange.

Honey Walnut Shrimp – Another popular dish. A good portion of shrimp topped with a garlic and cream sauce, and finished with honey walnuts. The shrimp is perfectly cooked and the sauce is tasty with a balance of flavors.

Black Pepper Beef – Don’t let the red chili pepper next to its name on the menu scare you, it’s not spicy. The pepper makes the beef flavorful and it’s hard to not eat only a few slices. The beef is tender and juicy.

Minute Chicken Pan-Fied Egg Noodles – Chicken is bite-size and flavorful, the noodles don’t taste like egg and has the flavor of regular Chinese wet noodle. The sauce is not dripping off the strands. It clings to the noodles to create a tasty dish.

(I have to start taking food photos when at family gatherings!!)

It was pricey but worth it. Downtown is notorious for limited parking, but Little Village has their own tiny parking lot right next to the restaurant, with a helpful attendant.

Stop by here for a taste of Chinese cuisine, and explore Downtown afterward!

Address
1113 Smith St, Honolulu, HI 96817

 

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Being all Healthy

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I think this is the ultimate goal for everyone, and that’s to be healthy. Physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. All three of these are connected, especially when it comes to your physical and mental health. Let’s say you don’t exercise, eat junk food, and drink. These habits affect your mental health (which affects you emotionally by being sad and down most of the time). What you put into your body has a big effect on your brain. Feed your body healthy foods, and you’ll think clearly, be happier, and focus on the positive. The opposite is true if you indulge in fatty, greasy food.

But what I’m most concerned about is my mental and emotional health, which are a work in progress. (My physical health is on the upswing though! Popsugar Fitness videos are awesome, and are walking, yoga, and hiking.)

I’ve blogged about self-care, which I neglected until recently. Taking the time to treat myself to hobbies and relaxing is still new to me. But I now know how important it is for my mental and emotional health.

However, there’s still a lot to be done in the mental health sphere for me, like managing stress and anxiety. Last week I had a rough day and let my anxiety control my thoughts and emotions, which resulted in me acting out of control (not in a scary way, but I did regret what I did). Oh, and the physical syptoms of anxiety have gone down a lot in recent years, but I do experience some.

But it’s a new week and I plan to control myself by myself. Using the long list of techniques that my therapist and I came up with, I can use them to manage my anxiety.

How do you try and stay healthy both physically, emotionally, and mentally?

Another Cousin

Early Saturday morning my cousin, Josh, and his wife, Christina, had their baby boy, so I now have another cousin (I think he’s my second cousin).

I couldn’t believe the news! Same for when he announced that he was getting married!!

Because for as long as I can remember, he always had a girlfriend. Every time my family would visit LA he would tell us about another new girl. Not that he was a player, but I guess he was just doing what most people in their 20’s do, have a lot of relationships.

However, I always wondered if all of this was going to stop. When his wife entered the picture and I met her, in the back of my mind I thought that she was just going to be another ex.

Thankfully not.

I’m excited to meet the baby after he’s had all of his shots, and seeing my cousin in a new role as a dad.