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James and Lani Kealoha, and their daughter, Madonna Shiroma, are big fans of New Liu’s Chop Suey. The Kalihi residents often use their shopping trips to Kamehameha Shopping Center as a reason to stop by the family-run eatery for a long list of favorite pupus.
The Kealohas aren’t the only ones. For eight years, hungry customers have dined in or taken out dishes such as the aforementioned Roast Duck appetizer, which, if you mention Dining Out when ordering, comes at an insider’s price of just $4.75.
The convenient location also has made the Cantonese-style restaurant a favorite of Aloha Stadium tailgaters. The duck is tender and well-seasoned with crisp skin and a flavor that is tangy without being oily or overpowering. As owner Henry Liu says with his typical smile, “It’s made with just a touch of Hong Kong.”
For those wanting even more duck, New Liu’s offers a half duck for $8.50 and a whole duck for $17.95.
The restaurant’s famous Honey Walnut Shrimp ($9.95) is a signature dish that Liu promises if you try it, you won’t forget for 100 years.
The Kealohas agree. Big enough for an entree but priced as an appetizer, the egg and flour batter keeps the shrimp moist, and the honey glaze is flavorful without being overpowering. (For a short time only, mention Dining Out when ordering and get a free Chinese chicken salad. Now you know the secret. Pass it along.) The salad is crisp and topped with a sweet vinegar and sugar dressing that is as light as water but contains ample flavor without hiding the flavor of the fresh ingredients. The dressing is so versatile, Liu’s uses it as a base for dozens of other recipes.
If that isn’t enough pupu pickings for you, try one of the restaurant’s 30 daily specials that are the right size and price ($4.75) for lunch, but served all day.
Located on North School Street, New Liu’s also provides takeout orders and catering services. And if you see the Kealohas, make sure to say hello. Henry will be the one with the big smile as you walk through the door.
New Liu’s Chop Suey
- Kamehameha Shopping Center
- 1620 North School Street
- Honolulu, HI 96817
- (808) 841-8668
- Open daily
- 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.