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Inside Feature

A Golden Opportunity for Chinese Cuisine

By Nicole Kato Photos By Nathalie Walker
July 22, 2012

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Golden Palace, located on North King Street, has served up great Chinese food to its customers f -or more than 10 years, and to this day it’s known for its more than 40 choices of dim sum (priced as one of the cheapest in town) and family-style accommodations.

The establishment dishes out a great Free-Range Chicken ($11.95, half-order) that will leave you considering ordering more. According to manager Gary Lam, the chickens used for this dish aren’t cooped up in some cage, which means there also are no hormones used. In a day and age where many locals are striving to eat healthier, this is music to the ears. “It’s all organic,” he says with a smile. “It’s a very healthy option and that’s why we offer it.”

This authentic eatery also offers its patrons favorites that are hard to find elsewhere. Garnished with salt and pepper, Egg Fish ($7.95) gives customers an extra treat.

“The fish in this dish is known for having the egg sack still inside, and that’s what everyone likes about it,” Lam says.

Another menu favorite is Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($8.95), served with shells and heads still in tact. Keeping the shell on during cooking keeps the meat tender and tasty, and because it’s coated with the salt and pepper, some choose to even eat the entire shrimp with the shell as well.

Golden Palace’s Seafood Taro Basket ($9.95) is probably one of the most impressive things on the menu and comes with seafood favorites such as shrimp, squid and scallops. But not to worry — there are cooked veggies in this dish, too. The snow peas and carrots are mixed in with the seafood, and the broccoli serves as a colorful (and edible) border. The unique thing about this dish is definitely the edible house-made taro bowl that holds the seafood concoction.

“The taro for the basket is hand shredded, and each basket is individually made by our chef,” Lam says.

Clams served with black bean sauce is a common dish at many restaurants, but Golden Palace does its customers one better by offering a new item for families to share — Mussels with Black Bean Sauce ($9.95) in a half-shell beautifully arranged and served with shredded parsley, green onions, chili peppers and minced garlic. This is a great option for those who still want seafood, but with a bit of spice.

Besides these delectable dishes, Golden Palace also serves up Dim Sum ($1.98 per order) from 7 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m. daily. Catering and take-out also are available, which is perfect for those who work in town and need a tasty lunch on the go.

Unbeknownst to many, the restaurant houses a banquet hall upstairs that seats up to 600 people for any occasion. And what’s even better is that you don’t need to worry about the menu. Golden Palace will work with customers to create personalized menus that are both affordable and incredibly delicious.

Golden Palace

111 N. King St., Honolulu
521.8268
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.