House of Wong does Chinese fare right
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BY ELLISE KAKAZU
If you are craving Chinese cuisine prepared with bold flavors, look no further than House of Wong Restaurant.
The restaurant, formerly known as China Garden, has been around for decades but moved to Kapahulu Avenue last year. And with its new-found home comes a sense of rejuvenation for the eatery.
Executive chef Vincent Tso embraces this feeling and recently created new dishes for customers to enjoy.
The first new dish is Wuxi Ribs ($11.95), named after a city in China. It is the perfect plate for meat lovers, as the pork ribs are piled quite generously and glisten with a slightly bitter, slightly sweet sauce that’s well balanced.
Another entree Tso brings to the table — Hot and Sour Shrimp ($16.95). Although hot-and-sour may indicate the need for a full glass of water, there is no need to sweat. The heat level is very mild, so everyone can enjoy the shrimp, which is fried and sautéed in a special sauce, and enhanced with garlic and chili peppers.
Along with these brand new options, House of Wong also offers old favorites such as Roast Honey Glazed Spare-ribs ($15.95) and Live Dungeness Crab with Pepper & Spicy Salt ($23.95 per pound).
General Manager Michael Wang notes that the restaurant’s mission is to “serve the local market and tourist market at the same time.” And providing an assortment of dishes is one way to do so.
Guests have many parking options as well. One can park in the small lot in the back of the restaurant, on Kapahulu Avenue or at Hee Hing Plaza (the eatery will validate).
House Of Wong Restaurant
477 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.