This ‘home’ is where the hungry heart isA La Carte
August 27, 2017
Story By: Maria Kanai | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Walk down Kapahulu Avenue and you’ll find no shortage of great eateries — but, if you’re on the hunt to satisfy some serious Chinese cravings, you can’t go wrong with House of Wong Restaurant.
The eatery can’t be missed, located conveniently across the street from Rainbow Drive-In, with white walls and vibrant red lettering. The restaurant has been around since 2015, and has been a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Co-owner Michael Wang says House of Wong is famous for its authentic Cantonese menu. There’s an array of flavorful vegetable, meat and seafood options, but Wang highly recommends Live Dungeness Crab with Salt & Pepper ($25.95 per pound), which is fresh crab, stir-fried with chili peppers, green onions, pepper, salt and Chinese five-spice powder. “It’s a house specialty, and customers keep ordering this dish,” says Wang.
Another popular menu item is the Roasted Honey-Glazed Spare Ribs ($15.95), which tastes just as good as it sounds: The ribs are marinated for two hours and cooked until tender, with a perfect sweet-and-savory flavor that’s addictive.
“We are mostly Cantonese-style, meaning we feature lots of fresh seafoods. However, we do have other Chinese styles in our menu, like the Shanghai-style Wonton Soup,” adds Wang. The wontons he’s speaking about are crowd-pleasers: They’re filled with pork and vegetables, and served in a comforting, light chicken broth, priced at $7.95.
“All three of these dishes are worth coming back to,” says Wang. “We get repeat customers with these dishes.”
If you’re thinking of dining in, you can park in the lot located behind House of Wong, at Hee Hing Plaza or head over to First Hawaiian Bank after bank hours. There’s also free street parking after 6 p.m. along Kapahulu Avenue.