Eatery continues to keep diners happyA La Carte Columns
March 29, 2016
Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
At Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant, the establishment takes its name very seriously. For owner Lisa Lum, making customers happy was the main reason why she wanted to open the place.
“I wanted to see the customers enjoy their food,” Lum says with a smile.
And if longevity is any indication, she’s achieved just that: Happy Days has been in Kaimuki for 15 years.
Prior to opening the eatery, Lum already had been a 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, working as a manager.
Happy Days features traditional Chinese cuisine — and all of your favorites are sure to be here, like Cold Ginger Chicken ($12.95 for a half chicken). It’s a tender piece of boiled chicken, served with a ginger onion sauce on the side. With this dish, it’s really the sauce that makes it, and Happy Days’ version strikes the balance between sweet and tangy.
Another offering is House Noodles ($10.95), Hong Kong-style pan-fried noodles piled high with various items: chicken, pork, mushrooms, shrimp, squid and choy sum.
As a complement to any meal, String Beans ($11.95) is a great option. Bathed in a slightly spicy sauce and accompanied by minced pork, this hearty, flavorful take on the vegetable is sure to please.
Additionally, Happy Days serves up dim sum daily, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Because Lum loves seeing her customers happy, she also notes that Happy Days is available for private parties. The restaurant can hold up to 300 people and also has areas for smaller parties.
Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant
3553 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki
Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.