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Dim Sum Done Just Right

By Dining Out Team Photos By Nathalie Walker
November 4, 2012

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Scallop with Spinach Dumpling ($4.50)

By Jaimie Kim

If you’ve been searching for dim sum to come back to, but haven’t found one that feels like home, look no further than The Mandalay. Translated into English, dim sum means “touch of heart,” and The Mandalay has been infusing its “heart” into every dish for six years.

“The difference we have from other restaurants is that our dim sum is cooked to order,” shares owner Linda Chan.

The most popular dim sum dishes among its customers are Shrimp Dumpling ($4.50) and Scallop with Spinach Dumpling ($4.50), which is made with fresh scallops.

Shrimp Dumpling ($4.50)

“Every one is made by hand; they are not machine-made,” says Chan, who also recommends dim sum as an option for parties or meetings because of its simplicity and appeal to finger-food lovers.

With dim sum served daily, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a number of menu items to choose from, there’s really no excuse to not stop by for an indulgence that will transport your taste buds overseas.

If you’re dining with a group of people and want to order your meal family-style, The Mandalay Delight Salad ($19.50 for five people, $38 for 10 people at lunch) is a refreshing way to segue into the main course. With honeydew melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, thinly sliced apple, shredded chicken and duck, its flavors blend for a melody of salty and sweet.

And if you doubt all your foodie needs will be satisfied, the restaurant also offers Szechuan-style dishes which feature a bit of spice.

The Mandalay

1055 Alakea St., Honolulu
525.8585
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
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