Party Trays Perfect for Summer PotlucksColumns Foodie Fare
June 30, 2013
Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
When Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine director of sales Armando Bauzon describes what the restaurant can offer to customers, the appeal is obvious: “It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, and you don’t have to spend that much.”
Ho Ho serves up traditional Cantonese-style cuisine at its buffet and also offers dim sum, party trays and select a la carte items.
Included in the buffet are a range of dishes that include Fried Rice, Fried Chicken Wings, Lo Mein and more. However, Bauzon says that one of the restaurant’s most noted dishes is Salt and Pepper Shrimp.
“It’s the dish that made us well-known,” he says. While this may be a common dish in any number of Chinese restaurants, Bauzon says that Ho Ho has perfected its recipe to give the shrimp just the perfect flavor with a little bit of kick.
The buffet hours and prices are Monday-Friday: $10.95, lunch; Monday-Thursday: $16.95, dinner; Saturday-Sunday: $12.95, lunch; Friday-Sunday: $18.95, dinner.
If you’re looking to take Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine to your next party, the restaurant’s party trays are a plentiful, yet affordable option. The Party Tray comes in small (starting at $18.95, which feeds eight to 10 people), medium (starting at $25.50, for 10 to 15 people), large (starting at $29.95, for 20 to 25 people), deluxe (starting at $46.95, 30 to 55 people) and jumbo (starting at $58.95, for 50 to 75 people).
“We have a lot of options for the party tray,” Bauzon says. “Customers can order Crispy Gau Gee, Lo Mein, Chow Funn, Fried Chicken and more. These party trays are a cheap option for people to bring to potlucks.”
The trays are a popular takeout option among customers as well.
“We have one customer who always comes once or twice a week to order one pan,” Bauzon says.
Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine also offers a la carte items, including Won Ton Min ($5.95). This popular soup features noodles, won ton, shrimp, pork and seasonal vegetables, which may include choi sum, carrots and mushrooms.
“People are always ordering this one,” Bauzon says. “A lot of people really like it. They are always telling us that we have the best. Hopefully it’s true!”
To satisfy your cravings all day, Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine opens its doors at 6 a.m., when it begins selling assorted dim sum. Among these are Mixed Manapua ($1.35 for steamed; $1.45 for baked) and Pork Hash (80 cents).
On the Side
When Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine opened its doors about 10 years ago, the restaurant aimed to provide customers with tasty, but cheap, eats.
“A lot of people like to save money these days,” says director of sales Armando Bauzon.
With that kind of dedication to customer service, the restaurant even revamped its whole setup in response to feedback.
“It started with a la carte options,” Bauzon explains. “And then after a year, we converted to a buffet. And we kept getting more and more patrons.”
Shortly after, customers began asking if the restaurant also could accommodate parties, so they tried that out, too. These days, Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine is a popular party destination that can accommodate up to 200 people.
Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine
590 Farrington Hwy., Kapolei
Daily, Dim sum and manapua from 6 a.m.
Lunch buffet, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner buffet, 5-9 p.m.