Reeling in Seafood’s Treasures
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Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine, a familiar fixture in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa for more than 15 years, is a quite popular dining spot, but, as someone who chooses not to eat meat, its name may put you off. After all, you’d much rather go snorkeling or visit the aquarium to enjoy your favorite fish.
But savvy veggie lovers know that sometimes you have to dive beneath the surface of a restaurant’s name to discover its hidden treasures.
Executive chef Sonny So enjoys using his culinary skills to please any palate, and here he shares a couple of his favorite vegetarian dishes with Dining Out readers.
Ong Choy in Chili Sauce ($12.95) pretty much speaks for itself. Fresh, green ong choy (all the “choys,” by the way, are quite nutritious) is the star here, with just the right touch of chili pepper and ginger to spice it up, enhancing its natural flavor.
The chef also recommends Shanghai Bok Choy and Black Mushrooms in Black Bean Sauce ($16.95). The texture of the large, hearty mushrooms perfectly complements the tasty greens, and the black bean sauce — which Chef So cleverly substitutes for the traditional oyster sauce — adds a protein-rich punch to further accommodate his vegetarian guests.
So whether or not you consider the creatures of the sea “seafood,” you and your appetite will get along swimmingly with Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine.
Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine
- Hyatt Regency
- Waikiki Resort and Spa
- 2424 Kalakaua Avenue #103
- Honolulu, HI 96815
- (808) 971-1818
- Open daily
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch)
- 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dinner)