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Dine Like Emperors at Jade Dynasty

By Michelle Lee Photos By Leah Friel
January 26, 2014

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Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant has become a community favorite since opening three years ago. From the restaurant’s 8,000-square-foot dining area enclosed with rich mahogany walls to its glistening crystal chandeliers, the establishment is impressive, to say the least, and its cuisine even more so. With Chinese New Year approaching Friday (Jan. 31), Jade Dynasty is pulling out all the stops to ensure customers a family dinner to remember all year long.

“This time of year is very special to the Chinese community,” says Gary Chan, general manager of Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. “It’s all about getting together with family over a wonderful meal.” Specializing in Cantonand Hong Kong-style cuisine, Jade Dynasty invites all to select from two prix-fixe menus ($318 for a table of 10 or $438 for a table of 10), available now through Feb. 28.

Hand-picked and expertly prepared, the dishes from both menus offer the ideal Chinese dining experience. “The various choices are very representative of a traditional Chinese New Year dinner and, as a whole, the menu is extremely well-rounded,” explains Chan. “You get to have a bit of everything, including soup, rice, noodles, seafood, meat and more.”

Although one would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite dish, there are some particularly noteworthy palate pleasers. To start, Imitation Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat as well as Live Lobsters with Garlic and Butter Sauce offer a great way to begin the meal. “As with most Cantonand Hong Kong-style cuisine, our dishes are relatively light,” explains Chan. “Because we specialize in using fresh ingredients, keeping it simple really brings out the deep flavors of the dish itself.”

In harmony with Jade Dynasty’s commitment to fresh seafood, diners will enjoy Sauteed Shrimp and Scallop with Honey Glazed Walnuts, delightfully seasoned in a sweet and savory sauce. Meat lovers will also appreciate Sticky Rice with Preserved Meats in Lotus Wrap.

“This dish requires many steps, including soaking the rice overnight, stir-frying the ingredients together and steaming everything in a lotus wrap to maximize flavor,” says Chan. “To Chinese people, the rice symbolizes a family sticking together so it holds a special meaning.”

Furthermore, no meal is complete without New Year Good Luck Jai, a Southern Chinese-style vegetable medley of black mushrooms, Chinese angel hair noodles, bamboo shoots and bean curd.

Patrons must reserve 24 hours in advance for the Chinese New Year menu.

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Ala Moana Center, fourth floor
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 4220
947-8818
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily