47 comments

  1. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Chicken in a take out box makes me think of our recent trip to St. Lucia when we asked the hotel to pack up some jerk chicken for our flight home. The box exploded and it went ALL OVER my bag, everything stank of (albeit delicious) jerk sauce for weeks! This looks delicious and if I make it in the comfort of my own home that’ll be a much safer bet 

  2. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I love katsu, and yours looks so amazingly crispy. The little scoops of rice are the cutest. You make me smile girl!! Happy Wednesday!

  3. themoonblushbaker says:

    May 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

    These kind of random lunch boxes are such a reminder of old school street food. Asians have the urge to pair rice with everything even rice! Sweet salty mac salad with crunchy chicken and fluffy rice. Got to love B2’s taste!

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Bahaha “Asians have the urge to pair rice with everything even rice!” YES!! Thanks so much, Belinda :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Tori! It’s definitely a treat if you ever find yourself at a place that has it!

  4. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What an awesome bday tribute! This looks so fab and I love the touch of takeout authenticity including but not limited to two round scoops; ) I love the way you describe the chicken here. Well done! Xo

  5. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I just love this. I see a box full of love right there! : ) Hope Bowl #2 had a wonderful birthday and enjoy his special lunch box. I’m sure it’s as good as it looks. It reminds me of takeout boxes in Hong Kong where we’d eat with plastic spoons! Love when food comes with a side of happy memories.

  6. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Let me send you my address so you can mail those to Atlanta. That mac salad is giving me southern backyard pit BBQ vibes.. Loves this!

  7. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I love this hawaii birthday series for b2; I think it’s just so sweet and really adorable that you’re spoiling him like this! He’s a lucky man.

    Also OMG CHICKEN KATSU. You have no idea how much chicken katsu I’ve eaten since arriving in SF. It’s embarrassing. Every Thursday, a katsu and katsu curry food truck parks outside my office and I indulge. It’s the best.

  8. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Ahhh this looks so darn tasty! And I love your words here about Hawaiin cuisine: “a pan-Asian-American cuisine that’s not so much fusion as it is a slow, organic evolution of a food culture that embraces all its roots without forcing a collision of unlike things.” What a beautiful, I mean really beautiful, way of saying it.

    The mister and I are heading to Hawaii after graduation and between your new series (love that idea!) and Alana’s awesome Maui recs, we are going to be all prepared to eat our way through it!

  9. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    YES. Just yes. To all of this. You nailed it, Cynthia. Plate lunch perfection. I’ll take it all, except can I sub potato mac salad instead (I don’t know what it is, I don’t love mac salad but I love potato mac salad)!?! 😀 :D: D 😀

  10. stephanie says:

    May 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    um. seriously, you are the best gf/fiancé/wifey ever 😀 i love how you went out to get the authentic styrofoam containers. and you even scooped the rice and mac!!
    the photos, words, recipe, and sentiment behind this post just make me SO happy.
    happy early birthday to b2. pretty sure his life is happy though, just to have you in it!

  11. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, thank you for this. I used to live near a hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Aloha Kitchen that served food just like this. Authentically Hawaiian according to the native Hawaiian who introduced me to it. I love that you’ve taught us how to make it at home. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  12. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Ah, am loving this entire series! Haha, I just love the two exact scoops of rice – how sweet of you to recreate this for him :). Also, I definitely agree with you – Hawaiian food is not just fusion but has evolved into a whole new culture of food, deserving its own recognition. Love it!

  13. DisplacedHousewife says:

    May 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I LOVE saimin and the plate lunch. Did I mentioned I went to HPA on the Big Island? This takes me back. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. xx

  14. says:

    May 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Cynthia, your writing always takes my breath away! You truly have a way with words! And, quite obviously, food. I love that I can come to your space and learn something new every time! I have to agree with B2, some things just taste better out of styrofoam! (I can feel my environmental engineer boyfriend cringing at that one!) XO

  15. says:

    May 28, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Everything I’ve read/heard about Hawaiian plate lunches makes me think that I never want to eat anything other than them for the rest of my life. All my best things, in one handy box? I’m totally sold.

  16. says:

    May 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Cynthia, you know it’s so funny because I read this post right as I was heading out to my birthday dinner at a restaurant with food from Hawaii! This recipe and write up made me doubly excited to try the food especially since I’d heard good things about the restaurant. It did not disappoint and I’m so happy that my small-ass-when-compared-to-Seattle town has a good – no GREAT from Hawaii restaurant! I love the photos here and I’m constantly bowled away by your framin and stylin and recipe-creatin, girl. I recommend your blog to all my food crazy friends because there is really nothing like trying food made by a food blogger. We are simple folk who just want to stay in and recreate pretty much all the best things in our kitchen just so we can keep staying in. Hope you’re doing well lady.

  17. says:

    May 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

    this is so delightfully nostalgic and sweet. i’m envious that you guys are even able to consume double carbs + fried chicken.

    one of dw’s fave childhood meals is called a Garbage Plate, served on a paper plate and consumed with plastic utensils. i know. i can’t deal.

  18. says:

    May 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Oh no, I’m officially grumbling at the stomach! This looks so heavenly even though it’s not the typical “gourmet” meal. And I don’t know why but many foods do taste best when eaten out of styrofoam, and I’m loving the snapshots on this post, Cynthia! And seeing B2’s shoulder haha.

  19. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    June 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I think it is absolutely adorable that you went out of your way to serve B2’s favorite meal in a styrofoam box. It’s crazy how specific containers or serving vessels can make certain foods and drinks taste all the better. Btw. . .the chicken looks amazing. B2 is a lucky man to have won your heart.

  20. says:

    June 3, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Cynthia – I’m so impressed that you went out and picked up sytrofoam to-go containers for that authentic feel. B2 is one lucky guy – Lucas’s birthday is next week too – do you take online orders;) This looks like the most perfectly crisp chicken katsu ever and these photos are so so so beautiful!

  21. says:

    June 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I love everything about this! The sauce and the katsu sound amazing. Totally going to try this sometime soon in lieu of my family’s traditional Sunday fried chicken.

    As always, you pictures are stunning and your words engaging. I’m feeling like a need a re-do on my husband’s birthday now. I just love the way you’re celebrating!

  22. Hannah says:

    June 10, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I loooove Hawaiian mac salad but the few times I’ve tried to make it at home it’s never tasted like the real deal. I’m so excited to try your recipe for mac salad!

  23. RossC says:

    January 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    A couple of years ago I learned how to make baked chicken katsu and konkatsu.. Both have been on my meal rotation since.. I’m always trying to figure out sides.. well heck… I am a huge fan of mac salad and, for some reason I never put it with katsu… That changes this week… I’m pleased to see you do NOT have vinegar in your mac salad and will try it your way to enjoy with the katsu..
    Thank you… :O)

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