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Yan Presents New Menu Items

Story By Christina O'Connor
September 4 - 10, 2011

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Chef Martin Yan, host of the popular Yan Can Cook television series, stands in the middle of Jade Dynasty Seafood restaurant alongside chefs Yi Xing Liu and Qin Hua Wu at a recent cooking demonstration that showcased some of the restaurant’s new menu items.

  • Martin Yan with ground pork dim sum.
  • Pan-Seared Seafood Tofu ($3.50 for three)
  • Lan Chou Style Ramen
  • Spring Mountain Coconut Buns($2.95)
  • Yi Xing Liu demonstrating how to make Chinese noodles. Behind him are Martin Yan (left) and Qin Hua Wu
  • Dynasty No. 1 Chicken ($19.95 for half)
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“As a chef, you always learn how to create dishes,” Yan says to the audience as Liu expertly weaves dough into long, thick noodle strands for Jade’s Lan Chou Style Ramen.

Creating new dishes is something that Jade Dynasty is constantly doing. At the cooking demonstration last month, the chefs displayed new items, including Spring Mountain Coconut Buns ($2.95), Tea-Smoke Shrimps ($23.95), Pan-Fried Corn & Seafood Cake ($3.50 for three) and Pan-Seared Seafood Tofu ($3.50 for three).

Another new dish on display was the Snow Mountain Char Siu Buns ($3.50 for three), which Jade Dynasty general manager Gary Chan says is one of his favorites. The dim sum delight features succulent meat wrapped in a fluffy, sweet bun.

Located on the fourth floor of Ala Moana Center in Hookipa Terrace, Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant offers an elegant dining atmosphere with classic, authentic Chinese cuisine.

“Jade Dynasty always uses the freshest ingredients,” says Yan, as he cuts bell peppers to garnish a free-range chicken dish. “And everything is started from scratch.” Yan mixes garlic, oil, chili sauce, sesame seed oil together in a wok, then places it all on top of the steamed chicken to create the Dynasty No. 1 Chicken ($19.95 for half). Chan says that the dish is one of Jade Dynasty’s most popular items.

Chan explains that much of Jade Dynasty’s flavorful creations is rooted in inspiration directly from China. “We try to create dishes that are based on things that we have tried in China,” he says.

Other dishes include Steamed Pork Dumplings with Shrimp Roe ($3.50), Dry Scallop Dumplings ($3.50), Deep Fried Spring Rolls ($3.50), Orange Peel Chicken ($13.95), Sauteed Deep Fried Prawns with Egg Yolk ($16.95) and Marinated Duck in Soy Sauce Chiu Chow Style ($17.95 for half).

Jade Dynasty

  • Where
    • Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace
    • 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • Call
    • (808) 947.8818
  • Hours
    • Open daily10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Dim sum served 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.