A Tasty Legacy
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Growing up, Russell Siu saw the way that his grandparents cooked. His grandfather, who had moved to Hawaii from China, had grown up without a refrigerator, so he became accustomed to getting fresh ingredients daily — whatever was available at the markets in Chinatown. And his grandmother, who had grown up here, often prepared local favorites. Siu often helped them in the kitchen, and now, the things he learned from them are on display at his own restaurant, 3660 On The Rise, which has been a Pacific Rim favorite since 1992.
Constructed to reflect Euro-Asian cuisine, the menu at 3660 On The Rise encompasses both of those influences, with a nod to local flavors, too. The menu boasts an array of fish and meat items, many of which incorporate local ingredients.
Any good meal really begins with appetizers, and 3660 has an impressive offering, including Brown Butter Maine Lobster Won Tons ($16.50). It features diced Maine lobster tails seasoned with brown butter and wrapped in won ton skins — all served over fresh noodles with a lobster dashi and a touch of butter.
If you’re looking to create some of 3660’s recipes in your own kitchen, Siu offers cooking classes — which are really just as much of a dinner party as they are instructional. The next one takes place at 6 p.m. Feb. 23, featuring a cooking demonstration by Chef Siu, including wine parings. Cost is $85 per person.
TAKING A CRISPY BITE
Crispy Fried Prawns ($14) is a menu stand-out at 3660, featuring prawns lightly dusted in rice flour, then deep-fried until crispy. It’s then drizzled with a toasted garlic black bean butter sauce and topped with cilantro and shoestring potatoes.
3660 On The Rise
3660 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki
Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.