Come On Get Happy!Features Inside Feature
July 31, 2016
Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER
There are options for everyone at Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant. Whether you’re a vegetarian, craving meat or in the mood for dim sum, something from the Kaimuki eatery’s extensive menu is sure to satisfy.
Happy Days offers a variety of non-meat entrees — including Tofu with Twin Mushrooms and Vegetables ($11.95) and Spinach with Garlic Sauce ($11.95) — but the most popular vegetarian option is Law Hon Jai ($10.95), featuring a flavorful medley of mixed vegetables.
“There’s no meat or seafood (in that entree),” confirms owner Lisa Lum. “This is a popular option because lots of people don’t eat meat. Some of the vegetables included are Chinese peas, baby corn, carrots and more.”
While there are traditional menu staples like Jai, Happy Days also has newer items that have quickly become popular with customers. Among them is Stuffed Eggplant with Fishcake ($13.95).
“The Stuffed Eggplant with Fishcake is a newer dish, and it includes eight pieces (of stuffed eggplant),” Lum says. “There’s fishcake inside and the entree has a black bean sauce.”
Whether you dine in for lunch or dinner, Beef with Sweet Sour Cabbage ($11.95) is always a popular choice.
“We have lots of meat options on our menu — you can get beef, chicken, pork or spareribs,” Lum says, “but lots of people get the Beef with Sweet Sour Cabbage for dinner. It has a lot of good flavors.”
For customers looking for carnivore-friendly options, the choices are seemingly endless, such as Salt and Pepper Pork Chops ($11.95) and House Special Spare Rib with Garlic Sauce ($11.95). But Lum recommends another house special — Sweet Sour Pig Feet Casserole ($12.95) — because it’s “good for the body,” she says, and the restaurant gets many orders for that specific dish.
Happy Days also is well known for its dim sum. In fact, customers who come early to the restaurant can take advantage of the current dim sum special.
“From 8 to 11:30 a.m., you get 15 percent off on take-out dim sum orders,” says Lum. “This special is good every day.”
Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant
3553 Waialae Ave. (at the corner of 11th and Waialae avenues)
Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.