Roasted Meats Attract DinersA La Carte Columns
December 4, 2016
Story By: Christina O Connor |
Since opening in 2012, Asian Mix has aimed to bring high-quality food to customers at a quicker, more convenient pace — basically meaning that you get gourmet-style cuisine at a casual dining price.
Over the years, it has become particularly known for its signature smoked meats. Two of its most popular items are the Roast Duck Hong Kong Style ($12.50 for half a duck) and the Honey Roasted Barbecue Pork ($12).
“They sell out every day,” owner Daniel Leung says.
Leung is practically scientific about the way he creates these dishes.
“There are a few things that are really important in how we process these items,” Leung says. “First of all, it’s the sauce.”
The sauces are created by Asian Mix’s head chef specifically for these dishes. But Leung won’t divulge much more than that — it’s a signature, secret recipe.
“They are both a little more on the sweet side,” Leung says.
“Second, it’s the quality of the product,” he says.
That means that they stick to the same distributor for every order to ensure they’re getting consistently tender meat.
Next up is food prep. The pork, for instance, is mixed in the sauce the night before, ensuring that the flavors come out perfectly.
If you’re looking to indulge in these dishes, get there quick before they sell out. Leung provided us with a little tip: These items both come out twice a day, usually around 10:30 a.m., with another batch around 1:30 or 2 p.m.
Roast Duck Hong Kong Style ($12.50 for half a duck) is prepped for a full 24 hours before being cooked — it’s marinated and air dried in order to get the skin just right. This duck is a signature offering at Asian Mix.
1234 S. Beretania St., Honolulu
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.