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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much of the credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a favorable culinary experience.
This week, Dining Out tracked down Curry King owner and chef Shane Yang, who found time to share appetizing morsels of information with us, including what fuels his drive for good food.
Name: Shane Yang
Training/Education: Previously worked at Sumo Ramen, on a cruise ship and at various restaurants. I learned to cook on the job.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU AS A CHEF/MANAGER/OWNER?
As a chef, when a customer walks up to me and says, “Thank you! That was very good cooking,” that inspires me to keep on doing what I do best. That gives the strength and encourages me, and I do get a lot of compliments.
IF YOU COULD SERVE FOOD TO A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? WHAT DISH WOULD YOU SERVE?
Jackie Chan, of course! Not just because he is one of my favorites, but because we are from the same culture. Prior to energy drinks, we relied on foods to give us energy, and a good pot of soup can give you all the nutrition you need and also rejuvenate the body. I would be proud to serve Jackie a bowl of my paitan soup.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH ON THE MENU?
My favorite dish on the menu is the Garlic Butter Salmon with a pinch of salt, pepper and dried parsley pan-fried with butter and garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s got to be my favorite because I like seafood, especially salmon.
IF YOU HAD TO LIVE ON ONE TYPE OF FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
As an Asian, we grow up eating rice. So if I had to live on one particular food, Chinese food would be my best choice.
IS THERE A DISH THAT YOU CREATE THAT’S NOT ON YOUR MENU, BUT AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST?
People always ask me what can I make, but the question is, what do you want me to make for you? At my Cultural Plaza location, I offer to make Tea Leaf Smoked Duck, but I can also make smoked chicken or smoked ribs. So it’s all about what the customer wants.
- Ward Warehouse
- 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. #1400
- Honolulu, HI 96814
- Chinese Cultural Plaza
- 100 North Beretania Street
- Honolulu, HI 96817
- (808) 591-8855 (Ward)
- (808) 538-1151 (Chinatown)
- Monday – Saturday
- 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Closed Sundays
- Monday – Thursday
- 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday
- 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.