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Testing the tasty waters at Canton Seafood

By Andy Beth Miller Photos By Nathalie Walker
November 30, 2014

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Cruising up to Canton Seafood on Keeaumoku Street, I have to admit I was more than a bit confused, and admittedly glanced down at the address on my agenda just to be sure I’d strolled up to the correct Canton. But no, the street and number was an exact match, and lucky for me, I was soon to find out the eatery also was a perfectly compatible pairing for my palate.

So for all you likeminded vegetarians out there reading, who also saw this restaurant’s name and immediately thought there was something fishy going on here — well, there is, and there isn’t — and that’s actually very, very good news. Indeed, although Canton Seafood Restaurant is best known and beloved for its shellfish, saltwater and crustacean cuisine, the Honolulu-based establishment also has a surprisingly versatile variety of vegetarian options.

Bite into Braised Tofu with Vegetables and Mushrooms ($10.99), a Chinese culinary staple in which simplicity is part of its appeal. Medium-soft tofu and vegetables are braised in a simple yet flavorful stock, then brought together in a blend that only can be described as an austere yet amazing eat.

Dying for a little more depth? Deep Fried Tofu with Pepper and Salt ($9.99) delivers. Generous cubes of tofu are deep fried to golden perfection before being conservatively garnished with a tossing of green onion and bell pepper bits. Fried Spring Beans ($9.99) are the perfect accompaniment to any dish as well.

“We concentrate in food quality control — fresh and good quality, healthy food (less oil, less salt, less MSG) within a clean and comfortable dining room,” explains Grace Liang of the eatery’s emphasis.

Over the years, Liang has noticed an increased need for vegetarian fare, and has happily adapted her menu to accommodate. Another exciting edible adaptation in the near future? “We are planning to have Vegetarian Roast Duck (looks and tastes like duck, but is made from tofu),” explains Liang.

And just in time for the holidays, Canton Seafood is offering 20 percent off its entire catering menu, giving us all a real reason to celebrate — and save. And that discount definitely will come in handy, because after just one sampling, Canton Seafood surely will have you hooked.

Canton Seafood Restaurant

923 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
955-3388
Daily, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.