47 comments

  1. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Hi Cynthia,
    I can’t get enough eggplant at the moment and this is about to jump from screen to table – wonderful, great combination of Asian & Italian flavours, I absolutely love it.
    Nicole

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Aw thank you so much, Kristin!!!! It seems like I’m on a nostalgic-recipe kick these days 🙂 it’s just like you said, food seems so much more fun and compelling that way! Thank you for such sweet words!

  2. themoonblushbaker says:

    February 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for posting this Cynthia. I love when you share the places/eateries that mean so much to you. My mum is garlic fiend and serves it with a side of deep fried garlic and onions too. Breathless at how delightful these pasta bowls look in your kitchen!

  3. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I am always trying to make my boyfriend show me the places where he grew up but he’s really not interested at all! I’m fascinated about all the places + people that made him the person that he is and what his life was like before we met. Super love the fusion-y flavours in this – SO GOOD.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hahaha boys!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has that fascination 🙂 it’s just like you said, it’s what made them the people they are now! So cool. Hope you’re well, dear Kathryn! xx

  4. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    i feel the same way whenever i visit my boo’s old haunts in Barcelona … imagining growing up right next to the beach and being one of those tiny persons zipping around the city on the back of a scooter!?! crazy! this recipe though, looks great. thanks for sharing!

  5. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    There is a similar dish in Thai cuisine, but I like yours so much better because it came from sentimental feeling 🙂 There is also something in your writing that show your love from one another with bowl#2 that is simply wonderful.

    xoxo

    • Treasure says:

      February 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

      My husband is no fan of eggplant but LOVES, (and requests!), this dish! Last night I was preparing it and my eggplant was bad…the only other veg I had on hand was cabbage…chopped it up and added some shredded carrot…it was wonderful!!! I imagine it was be good with any number of veggies!

      • tworedbowls says:

        February 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        That’s so useful to know, Treasure!!! Thanks so much for reporting back and so sooo glad to hear you enjoyed it!!

  6. stephanie says:

    February 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    ohmygosh i LOVE this. i know what you mean about seeing the place where someone grew up. it’s so nice to be able to experience it in a little way, kind of like you were there, even though you weren’t 🙂

    this recipe sounds AWESOME! reminds me of a spaghetti that i recently had in tokyo 🙂 they are obsessed with pasta so the whole japanese-italian fusion thing is pretty big over there. i had a bowl with eggplant and spicy pork on spaghetti and it was so, so good. i LOVE this chinese take on it because, um, black vinegar is always a YES!

    and um, how come i JUST noticed your logo redesign!?!?! I LOVE IT!!!! so, so, so gorgeous lady!!!

    xoxo

  7. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    This is so fun, Cynthia! I was totally surprised to read the chinese twist–I love just about anything with black vinegar and especially if it involves pork and pasta too!! Going to have to make this sometime very, very soon.

  8. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This is maybe one of my favorite TRB anecdotes to date — but perhaps that’s because I’m a huge snoop and I feel like this gave such a satisfying glimpse in your personal (and heartwarming!) world. Or maybe because it involves Chinese eggplant, which is pretty high up on my comfort food list. Or there’s always the good ol’ combo deal. 🙂 Anywhoo, I loved this post and this recipe and can just about taste that savory, garlicky, buttery eggplant as we speak (type?). 🙂 Yum!

  9. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    CHINESE BLACK VINEGAR! yes! i love that stuff so much ever since i learned the “real” way to eat soup dumplings. i’ve been looking for more reasons to use it! also can we discuss how much of a proud jewish mother moment i just had when i saw that you made kugel?? isn’t it the best?????

    also CHECK OUT THAT LOGO!

  10. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I know this is not the sentiment that I was supposed to take from you (heart-warming and wonderfully written) story, but can I just say how jealous I am that you get to go explore B2’s past in HAWAII!!! Steve is from chilly, wet Rochester, NY. Womp. I’m totally on the overly-sentimental wagon with you, I’m a sucker for those shared-nostalgia kind of experiences! Beautiful post — definitely pinning this for our next date night in. XO

  11. whiskandshout says:

    February 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Yum! This looks totally amazing. Lovely written post and you do Asian fusion like no one else, seriously 🙂

  12. says:

    February 3, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Two cuisines, two families, two persons united in one fabulous dish. As you pointed out, fusion kitchen can be mind-blowing when done right but it can be a bit tricky too. I think Australian’s are usually pretty genius with it, but I’ve really enjoyed fusion kitchen being popular all over the world the last couple of years (Okay, sometimes even annoyingly popular… Weird flavor combos. Just WEIRD!). A really lovely dish, Cynthia! Hope your favorite Honolulu restaurant re-opens soon!

  13. says:

    February 4, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Gasp—-tooootally pinning this and please remind me to make it too!!!! I love eggplant and something about this dish makes my mouth water…..the mixture of pork and sauciness looks perfect. 😀

    And I agree that seeing our significant other’s “past” makes such a difference. Having the privilege of feeling his emotions back then and now is so strange and magical at the same time–like traveling to and fro in time. And omgness, being raised in Hawaii is on my bucket list! Only I’m afraid that’s not possible anymore, hehe.

  14. ginny says:

    February 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t know why I seem to be the only one who doesn’t see the ingredient for the chili garlic sauce in the ingredients but it says to add it in the instructions? Help? I’m making this tonight!

  15. tworedbowls says:

    February 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Ginny, I’m so so sorry! Totally my mistake — I’ve updated the recipe, and it should be about 2-3 tsp chili garlic sauce. Use a bit less if you’d like it milder and more for more heat, etc. You can also supplement with crushed red chili flakes if you want it even spicier. Fingers crossed you like the dish and sorry again for the omission!! Thanks so much for giving it a shot!

  16. says:

    February 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Cynthia!!! I love this.. do you know how hard it is to get my husband to eat eggplant.. I know he wouldn’t even notice it with this dish.. and over those eggs noodles. Girl you always blow me away. And Bowl 2 growing up in Hawaii… geez I’m jealous.. Such a beautiful place.

  17. says:

    February 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I agree that it is such a joy to see where someone grew up! If a trip isn’t possible I am such a sucker for going through old childhood pictures and old VHS tapes. It must have been such an amazing experience to visit the exact places B2 use to frequent, I am really happy you got to do that Cynthia.

    This recipe looks so good! I love the idea of the spicy garlic eggplant, it sounds amazing!

  18. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    February 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

    What a nice story and it must have been a lot of fun seeing and experiencing all the childhood haunts of B2. Hawaii is a magical place. BTW.. .this dish looks oh-so-yummy.

  19. says:

    February 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Yes! That moment is the best… and it doesn’t hurt if it just happens to also be in paradise. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this dish, it looks amazing!

  20. says:

    February 9, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I’ve been a regular visitor to your blog for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve commented. Great recipes and your photography is just sublime. Keep up the great work!

  21. says:

    February 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I’m in love with this story! That cute little restaurant in Honolulu, the childhood memories of B2, your past.. All tucked into this amazing dish! I definitely fancy these egg(less) noodles over rice, but I believe you that it will go with anything. It looks delicious! And I really really really hope that restaurant will open again soon! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you (:

  22. says:

    February 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    1) I wish I grew up in Hawaii. Puts my upbringing in small-town Ohio to shame. 2) YEAH YEAH for summer weddings! When’s yours? Are you peeing your pants with excitement? Waking up with night sweats? ‘Cause I am. 3) I don’t even eat pork (and haven’t since I was, like, 10 years old) but DANG I would love me a plate of those noodles right now. So good, lady. SO GOOD.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      OMG yes and YES!!!! The other day I had this weird nightmare (well, it was so lame that I don’t know if it qualifies as a nightmare) where I completely forgot flowers. Or a venue? Or something. I don’t even know. Ours is end of June — I think pretty close to yours IIRC?! TWINZ. Except we totally wish we were doing what you are and going somewhere distant/fantastic and having a small wedding. In the middle of a serious family drama-sesh I turned and told B2 yalls plans and we were like.

      They are so smart.

      LOL but we’ll both get through this, I know! (hope.) And twill be magical. thanks for always making me smile, lady!!! Hope you guys’ planning is going well 🙂

      P.S. Re: Hawaii.. I know, right? Also, I was small-town Ohio until I was 9! High-five for suuuper exciting childhoods. (Except I totally loved Ohio <3)

  23. says:

    February 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I love your insight about finding out where someone comes from. The old adage the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through the stomach is very true. Whenever I make a new friend or have a new partner I love to make them their favourite dish and hear the story behind it!

  24. cemura says:

    February 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    “old elementary school classrooms, the Banyan tree he used to climb during recess, the route he ran through Manoa for cross-country” — hmmmmm, sounds like my memories of Punahou. =)

    Anyhow, to give a wee bit more context –> I found your site when doing some searches for shizitou (one of my all time favorites; but I think I have too many favorite dishes). Your story in that post involving your father was great, and as I quickly browsed through your site, I really enjoyed your writing and photography. Keep up the great work!

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