I went back this time, literally to feed my own ohana, as my parents, Aunty and sisters needed just a little more help than usual to make sure nobody got left behind or forgotten.
There may have been moments where we may have wanted to jettison certain parties, but that is for another discussion.
So what did I feed the ohana?
My parents say, "I eat anything." But in reality, this is not true. They tend toward more Hawaii/Asian food, with a lot of meat and rice. #MeatlessOneDay is more like Meatless-Someday-But-Not-Today-or-Possibly-Ever. That said, they do eat a lot of vegetables--eggplant, choy sum, bittermelon (which I bought, blech!), etc.
My parents have small dishes and use chawan a lot. I think this contributes to reasonable portion control. I made about half of what I normally make for a family of four and there was still enough to freeze for later. This is what I fed the 'rents:
Japanese Chicken Curry
Grandma Nancy's Braised Meat
Misoyaki Salmon, with salmon that one of their friends caught. While I didn't have to gut it, I had to scale it and strip out the lining of the stomach, and that was plenty.
Chinese takeout food for the extended ohana dinner--Beef sour cabbage, stuffed bittermelon (specifically requested), crispy gau gee, cold ginger chicken, and Chinese roast pork. Chinese Hawaii food at its finest.
Chili Cheese Fries from Zippy's. Lunch after taking Aunty to Church. As much as I do love the Korean fried chicken there, this sub $5 item may be my new favorite
Shimazu's and Baldwin's shave ice. Nothing more needs to be said here.
Yummy Korean BBQ Meat Jun. I particularly like the chop chae (glass noodles). And they let you swap out rice for an additional side. The mini plate is easily the two-meal plate.
For the record, nobody cried, I did not gain weight despite the CocoPuffs, and took home 48 pounds of suitcase back!