It Takes a Village to Keep You SatisfiedColumns Veg'n Out
December 15, 2013
Story By: Andy Beth Miller | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
I have always been a big fan of the Village People. And today, that semi-worship rocks on with a new group sensation at Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine, located at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa.
Upon first glance, the ambiance is impressive, and the glowing review doesn’t stop there. For those with vegetarian leanings, you won’t go hungry here — there are lots of options for the veggie-lovin’ palate.
Take for example, Vegetable Pasta ($19.95), an entree including noodles cooked al dente, then lightly sauteed before being joined with a magical blend of mushrooms — three varieties of black, regular and straw — spinach, garlic and onions. Plated with a fresh orchid, this pasta is soothing, not just to the stomach, but also to the eye.
Next, Hot and Sour Soup ($5.95) features a delightfully flavorful bowl of broth (the kind with good old-fashioned girth) encasing such sumptuous ingredients as tender tofu cubes, bamboo shoots and secret spices (highly “hush, hush” and not to be revealed).
The generous portion of tofu is substantial, yet the soup itself is light enough to not weigh you down — a perfectly balanced bowl.
Seafood Village’s Simmered Sponge Cucumber ($18.95) set the stage for the final scene. Clean and simple is the definition of this creation of cucumber — steamed and slightly simmered — then topped with garlic.
“We modified this meal from an original version where scallops were used as the topping,” explains general manager Johnson Ma. “We wanted to make it vegetarian-friendly, so we switched to a garnish of garlic. It has been very well received by customers.”
So, after sampling these selections and experiencing such warmth and aloha at Seafood Village, these particular Village people will most definitely be elevated to rock star status in any veggie lover’s book.
Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa
2424 Kalakaua Ave. #103, Waikiki
Lunch: 11 a.m.2 p.m., Dinner: 5–10 p.m.
Note: $3 validated self-parking and $4 valet parking at the Hyatt.