Affordable Homestyle Chinese CuisineDigest Foodie Fare
May 5, 2012
Story By: Dining Out Team |
After being in Kapolei for a decade, Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine has drawn in a dedicated following of regular customers. The restaurant’s versatility surely has something to do with this. Ho Ho offers an extensive a la carte menu and dim sum favorites, and also is available to cater or host any special occasion with its party trays. And then, of course, there is the Ho Ho buffet.
“It’s a great deal,” director of sales Armando B. Bauzon says of the buffet. “And people love it; they are always telling us how good the food is.”
Some of the most popular buffet items include Crab Legs and Shrimp Walnut, which are offered daily for dinner. Other buffet offerings include Fried Rice, Gon Lo Mein, Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, Orange Chicken, Egg Roll, Crispy Won Ton and Beef Broccoli. And on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as daily for lunch, customers can feast on Salt and Pepper Shrimp, which is one of the restaurant’s most highly demanded items.
The dinner buffet is offered nightly starting at 5 p.m. and is priced at $15.95 Monday through Thursday and $17.95 Friday through Sunday. The lunch buffet, which is offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., costs $9.95 Monday through Thursday and $11.95 Friday through Sunday. (Note that the buffet prices listed are for adults; the kids’ prices vary according to the child’s height, and keiki under 3 feet tall eat for free.)
“We like to help people budget their expenses,” Bauzon says of the restaurant’s affordable buffet. “We are trying to help people, and that’s one of the reasons that they come back.”
Just last month, new management — a sister company of restaurant Jade Dynasty — took over Ho Ho. The new leaders aim to offer improved customer service and even more quality food. But longtime customers need not worry — Ho Ho still serves up the same dishes.
In addition to its buffet, Ho Ho also offers dim sum, including Pork Hash (80 cents), Shrimp Dumpling (80 cents) and its much raved about Steamed Manapua ($1.35) or Baked Manapua ($1.45). Dim sum is available for pick-up from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A la carte dishes include tasty items such as Roast Duck Noodle Soup ($7.25), Sauteed Scallop and Fish Fillet ($13.50), and Seafood Garlic Fried Rice ($8.95).
And if you’re planning a get-together, Ho Ho is an ideal location. The restaurant normally holds about 200 people, but for special arrangements made in advance, it can accommodate 300 to 400 guests. In addition to offering a welcoming, causal place to enjoy any occasion, Ho Ho offers another benefit to hosting your party here:
All the food is made fresh.
“When the trays are running low, we always cook up the food fresh,” Bauzon says.
In keeping with Ho Ho’s tradition of offering up specials for various holidays, the eatery has more good eats cooking for Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day Special, served May 13, will include even more buffet options. Prices for adults are $14.95 for lunch and $22.95 for dinner. Kids prices stay the same. The additions are not finalized yet, as the chefs are still in the kitchen cooking up new items.
On the Side
In addition to its great homestyle Chinese food, Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine also makes its customers feel right at home with its friendly, helpful customer service. Director of sales Armando B.
Bauzon is passionate about going above and beyond to provide excellent customer service.
Bauzon first started working at the restaurant as a manager back in 2004, then left for a few years to work in other restaurants. He recently returned to Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine when the new management took over, and he couldn’t be happier.
“I am so happy that I came back and get to see all of my regular customers coming back,” he says, smiling. “I really take care of the people who always come over here. We are like family.”
With its goal of keeping customers happy, Ho Ho considers customer input when it comes to creating new dishes or modifying menu items.
“We like to ask people how they like the food,” Bauzon explains.
And so far, the feedback is great — customers often praise Ho Ho for its quality, fresh cuisine.
“I really like to see a lot of the old regular customers coming back,” he says. “I am happy to come back, too … It’s like a reunion.”
Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine
- 590 Farrington Highway
- Kapolei, HI 96707
- (808) 692-9880
- Lunch buffet daily
- 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday – Thursday
- 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday
- Manapua served Monday – Saturday starting at 6 a.m., and 8 a.m. on Sundays, at the front counter.