Your ‘meal of fortune’
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Although a relatively new kid on the culinary block, Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant is anything but amateur when it comes to accommodating the desires of Oahu’s growing vegetarian community.
Since opening in July, Good Fortune has experienced just that thus far — having been blessed with a steady clientele that only increases daily. This comes as no surprise when one gets a gander at its menu filled with fresh, traditional Chinese fare.
Conveniently located on the corner of Smith Street in Chinatown, Good Fortune is owned by Nancy Fujiwara, who has been a fixture in the neighborhood for more than three decades now. She previously owned a hair salon on nearby Hotel Street, and since branching out to bring Oahu the choicest Chinese cuisine, Fujiwara seems to have successfully made the switch from cutting bangs to knocking out hunger pangs.
You can see for yourself after giving these surefire dishes a try.
Head waiter Thomas Lee beams as he brings out a pair of Good Fortune’s Specials that are “not yet even on the menu,” he informs. Delighted to be among the first to preview this pair, Dining Out dives into Chinese Mushroom and Shanghai Bok Choy ($9.50), showcasing Shanghai Bok Choy and mushroom stir-fried and swathed in a light sauce consisting of garlic and shoyu.
Szechuan Cabbage with String Beans ($8.95) is special indeed, as the pan-fried entree pairs string beans alongside Chinese cabbage, blanketed in a garlic, shoyu and wine sauce. Chili pepper garnish completes this savory and aromatic selection that garners smiles all around.
Lee offers a friendly reminder that Good Fortune opens bright and early at 8 a.m. daily, in order to supply its customers with sufficient dim sum options to enjoy in-house or on the go as a takeout meal to be devoured later at the office — Lee says that “several vegetarian dim sum options, like spring rolls, and more,” are available.
After sampling these savory finds, one thing is without contest: Those who get the chance to enjoy eats from this Chinatown enclave have good fortune indeed.
Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant
1138 Smith St., Chinatown
Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.