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Filling diners’ holiday feasts with cheer

A La Carte

November 25, 2018

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Eggplant with Beef ($12.95)

Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant is gearing up to serve an array of pleasing plates this holiday season, as local diners plan their upcoming parties and potlucks.

Whether it’s a party with family and friends or co-workers, Roast Duck ($14.95 half duck) will be sure to please all at the table, as it is made with top-quality duck and a savory sauce. Char Siu Pork ($11.95) is cooked just right until the meat is tender and ready to enjoy, making it another crowd-pleaser. These popular pupu picks can be prepared appetizer-style and cut in smaller bite-sized pieces when requested.

Roast Duck ($14.95 half duck)

“Some customers tell me it’s better than what they had in Hong Kong or China,” says owner Lisa Lum.

Eggplant with Beef ($12.95) is a special off-the-menu item that Lum unveiled as an inside scoop for Dining Out readers. The eggplant gives a nice balance with the beef along with the house-made special sauce (mild or spicy), and diners may also choose to have the dish prepared with pork or chicken at the same price.

Owner Lisa Lum happily poses in the restaurant’s dining area.

As Happy Days celebrates more than 17 years in business, Lum still takes pride in the sight of satisfied customers enjoying a great meal. Located in Kaimuki at the corner of Waialae and 11th avenues, Happy Days offers a host of Hong Kong-style Chinese cuisine in a relaxed, family-style setting that features a full bar and private dining room.

Happy Days is synonymous with stellar dim sum, with most offerings starting at $3.80 for three to four pieces, including Half Moon, Steamed Minced Beef Ball and Taro Gak. The 35-plus dim sum selections are served from the restaurant’s carts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be ordered a la carte during dinner.

Lum also reminds guests that, starting on Dec. 15, Happy Days will offer Chinese Gau in advance of the upcoming New Year and Chinese New Year (Feb. 5) celebrations.

“We’re making it early this year,” Lum says of the sought-after gau. “Also, make your reservations now for holiday parties and Christmas gatherings.”

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