Gather the Family for Seafood Favorites

Ali Carte Columns

August 11, 2013

Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Leah Friel

If you’re looking for a fun and scrumptious dining experience the whole family will love, Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine, located at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa, is just the place to go. For the past 17 years, locals and tourists alike have dived into its expansive menu of savory Chinese classics presented in a casually elegant setting.

“I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends than sharing great food,” says general manager Johnson Ma. “And Chinese food lends itself to that because it’s family style — put the food in the middle and everyone can pick their favorites.”

Seafood Village specializes in Hong Kong-style cuisine, but also features a wide range of regional preparations. From fresh pieces of fish and meat to dim sum, noodle dishes and more, there’s something enjoyable for even the pickiest of palates. According to Ma, it’s especially important to have your family try some of the high-quality, incredibly flavorful seafood dishes the establishment is known for.

One such dish that has always been a local favorite is Honey Glazed Walnut “Kahuku” Prawns ($22.95). Delightfully plump prawns are covered in a creamy sauce, then accompanied by golden honey-glazed walnuts. The nuts are roasted separately with honey and sesame seeds, giving them a glorious toffee-like taste and crunch.

According to Ma, another popular prawn option is Tea Leaves Smoked Jumbo “Kahuku” Prawns ($23.95). The unique Cantonese-style dish is prepared with fresh oolong tea leaves, which are quickly fried to release their oils and aroma, then sauteed with the prawns.

“This dish is very special because the tea leaves we use are very fresh,” says Ma. “They look like nori, but taste like tea.” While it may seem strange to combine tea and shrimp, the oolong leaves — both rich in antioxidants and low in calories — give off a subtle tea flavor that actually tastes amazing with the seafood’s richness.

Last but not least, be sure to try fresh Dungeness Crab ($33.95 per pound) taken from the restaurant’s live tanks. Choose from a variety of seasonings such as black bean sauce, spiced salt and pepper or Ma’s recommendation, ginger and green onions. Just make sure no family feuds start over who gets the last piece of crab.

The friendly staff at Seafood Village always strives to make family dining easy, especially with the eatery’s special occasion deals for kamaaina. Patrons may choose from a variety of popular dishes on the Lunch Party Menu (starting from $10.95 per person; minimum 10 people) or Dinner Party Menu (starting at $24.95 per person; minimum four people). Whether you have a celebratory event coming up, or just want an excuse to gather the whole family, no place will satisfy your cravings like Seafood Village.

Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa (Ewa Tower)
2424 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
971-1818
Daily, 11 a.m.2 p.m. (lunch), 5-10 p.m. (dinner)
Note: $3 validated self-parking and $4 valet parking at Hyatt Regency.

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