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Uncovering a new dish, upcoming specials

A La Carte Columns

May 22, 2016

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Steamed Fresh Scallops with Tofu ($15.95) NATHALIE WALKER PHOTO

Steamed Fresh Scallops with Tofu ($15.95) NATHALIE WALKER PHOTO

The Mandalay introduces a new dish this week: Steamed Fresh Scallops with Tofu ($15.95), which features jumbo scallops on large cubes of soft tofu with a tasty Chinese-style black bean sauce.

“A lot of people now are health conscious and want something lighter, with less oil and not fried,” explains manager Linda Chan. “That’s why we created this dish.”

The restaurant also added char siu-flavored Barbecue Baby Back Ribs ($10.95, eight pieces) as an appetizer a couple of weeks ago. For this unique dish, the ribs are marinated for more than 24 hours in a homemade sauce made with five spice, sugar, hoisin and ground bean sauce, and then roasted for about 45 minutes.

“For lunchtime, we roast it in the morning so when customers come in, it’s ready,” notes Chan. “We make a lot of char siu here (such as for manapua and fried rice), so chef decided, ‘Why don’t we try char siu flavored baby back ribs.'”

The spacious, elegant interior of The Mandalay.  L. TABUDLO PHOTO

The spacious, elegant interior of The Mandalay. L. TABUDLO PHOTO

Locally owned and operated, the restaurant is run by Linda and her husband Larry, who are longtime restaurateurs. The Mandalay serves authentic Cantonese and Hong Kong-style cuisine and dim sum. The elegant, two-level restaurant, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary earlier this year, is located in the heart of Downtown Honolulu on Alakea Street.

Among its most popular dishes is its award-winning Deep Fried Harm Ha Chicken Wing appetizer ($11.95, eight pieces).

Stop in for Father’s Day (June 19) for a special Dim Sum Brunch Buffet ($24.99 adults, $19.99 seniors age 60 and above, $14.99 children ages 3 to 12). Seatings are available at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There also is a Father’s Day Dinner Buffet ($29.99 adults, $25.99 seniors age 60 and above, $17.99 children ages 3 to 12) featuring Roast Pig, Crab Legs, Peking Duck with Bun, Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, soup and salads, 10 stir-fried entrees and eight desserts. Seatings are available at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.

The Mandalay

1055 Alakea St.
525-8585
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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