Freedom of Food

Columns Veg'n Out

July 7, 2013

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

There’s been a lot of discussion about equal rights in the national news lately, and that’s a good thing. We’re all in this together, after all, and everyone should expect to be treated fairly, whether they are women, LGBT, immigrants — or even, ahem, non-meat eaters.

This brings to mind the local sentiment “lucky we live Hawaii.” Sure, we suffer some types of discrimination here, but in all our diversity, we usually get along just fine.

We like to mix it up here in the Islands — and when it comes to food, Asian Mix is an ideal place to do it, offering an appetizing variety of Chinese, Japanese and local-style dishes. And although those among us who choose not to eat meat or fish sometimes may feel a bit of discrimination when perusing a menu to find not even one meat-free offering, that’s not the case at Asian Mix.

Tofu and Eggplant in Garlic Sauce ($8.50) is garlicky good, laced with a hint of vinegar and chili pepper resulting in a medium-spicy dish that’s even better with an order of brown or white rice ($1) to soak up all that flavor.

“It’s a little sweet, a little sour,” explains Daniel Leung, who co-owns the eatery.

Living up to its name, Asian Mix presents Chow Fun with Yellow Curry ($8.50), incorporating Indian yellow curry with stir-fried bean sprouts, onions and bell peppers to complement the distinctively Chinese noodles.

“We use egg in the stir-fry,” notes Leung, “but it’s optional, so just ask and we’ll leave it out.”

Right on. Power to the people.

Contact Terri Hefner at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Asian Mix

1234 S. Beretania St.
521-1688
Open daily, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

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