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November 25, 2018
Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Asian Mix on South Beretania Street offers that rare trifecta combination that diners fervently seek out — affordable, fast and extremely high-quality foods.
This restaurant is located below Safeway Beretania, which provides customers with ample parking. The bulk of Asian Mix’s orders are takeout, but there are a few tables available for lunch or dinner customers.
Owner Daniel Leung shares that the restaurant creates superb Chinese, Japanese and local-style menu favorites that keep patrons coming back for more.
Leung’s eatery churns out the same top-notch caliber of food as larger sit-down, dine-in restaurants. However, it gives lucky customers much speedier service and lower prices.
As the fall season settles upon Oahu and the weather turns cooler, many turn to hearty noodles and soup to satisfy the soul and stomach.
Asian Mix is famed among its clientele for the lip-smacking taste of its soup dishes with noodles, meat and other tasty ingredients. One of them is Roast Duck with Funn in Soup ($9.95). This dish features a hefty quarter-duck portion, which takes a day to prepare.
“People love it because the duck meat is really tender,” declares Leung.
Cooking the duck involves multiple steps to ensure the duck obtains the correct hue and consistency. After the duck receives a bath in a luscious secret sauce and is perfectly cooked, it is placed in a flavorful chicken broth soup base and nestled in a bed of vegetables including green onions and choy sum. Owner Daniel Leung strongly believes funn noodles are the perfect match for the duck, but customers can substitute ramen or wonton noodles, if they desire.
Another “greatest hit” in the restaurant’s repertoire is Special Wonton Noodle in Soup ($7.50). This best-seller utilizes thin Hong-Kong style wonton noodles filled with pork and shrimp. Leung explains that the wontons are freshly crafted on a daily basis with noodles specially ordered from a company in California known for its high standards. The carefully cooked noodles provide a wonderful texture to this dish, Leung adds, and they are bathed in a tasty chicken-based broth. A colorful garnish of char siu barbecued pork, along with vegetables such as choy sum and green onions top off this marvelous creation.
A third beloved noodle dish on Asian Mix’s menu is Char Siu Ramen ($9.95). This item includes char siu pork imported from Japan, locally made fresh noodles in a hot, luscious soup stock and garnishes like a sprinkle of green onions.
Especially with the busy holiday season already upon us, Leung shares that “people are coming a lot for party trays. People can look at our party menu online.”
He adds that Asian Mix offers an excellent selection of party trays for all types of gatherings.