Seafood’s Big 3

Columns Ethnic Faves

December 3, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

In anticipation of Chinese New Year this coming January, the staff at Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine in Waikiki is excited about perfecting a few of their favorite and most popular menu items.

  • Country Style Crab ($49.95)
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Many tourists dine here during their vacation because of the eatery’s dedication to authentic preparation and taste, not to mention the pleasant atmosphere.

“What we like to say here is, come have a taste of Hong Kong in Hawaii. Many Chinese tourists become homesick for their own cuisine. They will come here every day,” says executive general manager Steven Matsuno, who has been working at the restaurant since 2008.

Lately, Seafood Village has been hanging its hat on three dishes that offer a taste unparalleled in the Chinese food circuit of Hawaii.

The Country Style Crab, served for $49.95, consists of a steamed hearty dungeness crab — which commonly hosts a slightly sweet flavor — served with a black bean garlic sauce.

“Our sauce is really good to put on rice or noodles. It is extremely popular and is certainly one of our specialties,” says Matsuno.

A unique menu item that blends a local culinary favorite with a traditional Chinese spare rib dish is the Kalua Short Ribs, served for $18.95. It offers a plentiful helping of mini short ribs that pack a sweet, sour and slightly crunchy punch in each bite.

For the shrimp enthusiast, Seafood Village has honed a somewhat unconventional way of preparing its Tea Leaves Smoked Jumbo “Kahuku” Prawns — served for $23.95. Taking leaves of black tea, Seafood Village sears the aromatic flavor in and around each prawn as they are sauteed delicately to perfection.

Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine

  • Where
    • Hyatt Regency
    • Waikiki Resort and Spa
    • 2424 Kalakaua Avenue #103
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 971-1818
  • Hours
    • Open daily
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch)
    • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Dinner)
  • Notes
    • $3 validated self-parking and $4 valet parking at the Hyatt.