Yummy lunch deals, party menus await

A La Carte Columns

May 21, 2017

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($9.95 lunch special, $11.95 a la carte)

You could say House of Wong Restaurant is the gateway to Kapahulu from Waikiki, and what a delicious introduction it is.

The inviting Chinese eatery is one that can’t be missed the next time you’re cruising around trying to find something great to eat. And with a newly added lunch menu (available 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) featuring more than 20 items — each offered at a great price — the establishment makes sure customers leave happy and satisfied.

According to co-owner Michael Wang, some popular lunch specials include Beef with Bitter Melon, String Beans with Ground Pork, Salt and Pepper Pork Chop, Mongolian Beef and Singapore Rice Noodles. Most lunch specials are served with one scoop of white rice and a cup of the soup of the day — which rotates between egg drop, seaweed and corn.

Lunch portions are the same size as the a la carte versions, ensuring the best bang for your buck. Take Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($9.95 lunch special, $11.95 a la carte), for instance. A heap of deep-fried chops cooked in garlic, green onion and chilies fill the plate of this lunchtime favorite.

Cold Ginger Chicken with Steamed Rice ($7.95 special, $11.95 regular a la carte)

“For the lunch menu, our idea is to generate a crowd so that people know our location, know our facility, know our food, so that they can come back for dinner and special functions,” explains Wang.

And House of Wong’s specials don’t stop at lunch. The establishment also offers an ever-changing “special-special,” as Wang calls it, which can last a week, two weeks or even a month, depending on its popularity. The newest special-special is Cold Ginger Chicken with Steamed Rice ($7.95 special, $11.95 regular a la carte), which is available for lunch and dinner.

The secret to this dish is the freshness of the chicken, which is perfectly poached, as well as the green onion-ginger sauce. The sauce is made by chopping green onion and ginger, and then blending that mixture with a perfect balance of salt and sugar before pouring hot oil over the ingredients to marry the flavors. It’s all served with two scoops of rice and steamed choy sum.

“Local people love Cold Ginger Chicken,” Wang says, which is no doubt the reason why it has become the latest must-have.

For functions, the restaurant has created banquet menus perfect for any occasion. With graduation celebrations still ongoing and Father’s Day coming up, the menus ranging from $199 to $399 offer something for everyone. Select your favorite meal lineup from one of the five menus. Each is prepared for 10 people, and can be multiplied to accommodate any party size (When Dining Out stopped by, the restaurant was setting up for a party for 110 guests!)

House of Wong has ample parking available, including on the street, beneath Hee Hing Plaza next door and in the First Hawaiian Bank parking lot during non-banking hours.

House of Wong Restaurant

477 Kapahulu Ave., Kapahulu
732-0818
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

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