Reel in Holiday Seafood SelectionsFeatures Inside Feature
December 9, 2012
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Just in time for the holidays, Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant is serving up a host of fresh seafood selections that will surely satisfy those gathered to celebrate all the season has to offer.
Eddie Ma has managed the eatery, which has hosted customers from around the island at its Niu Valley Shopping Center location for more than three decades, for more than 10 years. After spending the early stages of his career gaining experience at some of Hawaii’s popular Chinese eateries, he branched out along with some co-workers and took the management role at Lung Fung.
“This is a famous restaurant among the local people here in Hawaii for over 30 years, and I had an opportunity to come manage this location and update the menu,” explains Ma. “As soon as I came in, I realized that the menu was old fashioned, and wasn’t truly Chinese — it was more of what they call ‘chop suey cooking style,’ which is not that popular with Chinese people. Also, that cooking style is not too healthy, so I came in and upgraded a lot of the dishes.”
In addition to offering a tasty Hong Kong-style menu, Ma also has eliminated MSG from Lung Fung’s dishes.
“We’ve brought in a lot of dishes that are very popular in Hong Kong and China,” he says. “We have a lot of repeat customers, and we want to let them try something new so they continue to come back. We’re very thankful for all of our loyal customers who continue to support us even with the bad economy.”
For those looking to indulge in fresh-caught seafood served family style, Ma recommends Steamed Uhu ($19.95 per pound). The whole island fish is steamed with ginger and green onions to lock in the bold flavors. Lung Fung also features Salt and Pepper Lobster ($18), and also is offering an ongoing special: Customers may purchase a whole lobster prepared to their liking for just $12.95 with the purchase of a regular menu item.
“These seafood dishes are perfect for holiday gatherings,” Ma says, adding that the eatery can accommodate approximately 150 patrons in its roomy dining area.
Customers continue to enjoy a host of traditional favorites, including the iconic Peking Duck ($19 for a half order, $38 for a whole duck). The savory duck is served with 12 buns and a flavorful dipping sauce. Ma also suggests that customers try Stir-Fry String Beans with Ground Pork ($10.95), which includes a hearty portion of the fresh, crispy string beans surrounded by tender pieces of pork and a spicy chili pepper sauce.
Those craving noodles need to look no further than Bat Jan Fried Noodle ($10.95). The dish includes a bed of fresh chow mein noodles, which can be substituted with cake noodles for an additional $1. In addition to being topped with fresh carrots, mushrooms and snap peas, the noodles are smothered with large morsels of seafood, chicken and pork that bring a wide range of flavors and textures to the dining experience.
Adjacent to its large, open dining area, Lung Fung also features a full-service bar, private dining room and welcomes take-out orders. The restaurant also boasts an ample supply of free parking, and as Ma explains, “For people looking to eat great Chinese cuisine, they should give us a try. We have a lot of different dishes compared to other restaurants, and the experience is worth the drive.”
Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant
Niu Valley Shopping Center
5724 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu
Open daily, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.