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Cozy Liliha Chinese eatery strikes a chord with customers

A La Carte

July 7, 2019

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: File photos

Gon Lo Mein ($7.99 special, $8.50 regular)

If it’s comforting, filling and delicious Chinese food you crave, Hoy Tin Kitchen on Liliha Street stands ready to satiate that desire. Featuring more than 100 selections, the cozy, beloved restaurant’s name translates to “ocean sky.”

Two years ago, the owners of Canton Seafood Restaurant on Keeaumoku Street took over the business, previously called Hoy Tin Chop Suey. They made a slight change to the restaurant’s name and revamped the menu. While retaining the original menu items, they also introduced some excellent choices served at its sister restaurant Canton Seafood.

Char Siu ($9.50 special, $9.99 regular)

The restaurant also earns acclaim for generous portions and reasonable prices. For example, it offers a variety of lunch-special plates featuring ingredients from beef to tofu, starting at $6.99 up to $9.99.

Among the protein-packed choices available at Hoy Tin, one can indulge in the eatery’s Half Crispy Chicken ($4.99 with the purchase of an entree). This fan favorite is extremely popular due to its flavor and affordability.

Half Crispy Chicken ($4.99 with the purchase of an entree)

The restaurant currently offers several specials through the end of the month. One of these tasty dishes at Hoy Tin Kitchen is Singapore Rice Noodle ($8.50 special, $8.99 regular). This dish consists of stir-fried soft and thin rice noodles, barbecued pork, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, bean sprouts, a special house sauce and a touch of curry.

Another extremely popular item at the eatery is the Gon Lo Mein ($7.99 special, $8.50 regular). The dish consists of delectable soft noodles that are pan-fried. They are piled high with barbecue char siu pork and a hefty amount of veggies including cabbage and colorful carrots.

Singapore Rice Noodle ($8.50 special, $8.99 regular)

For those seeking a full-on meaty dish, there is the restaurant’s Char Siu ($9.50 special, $9.99 regular), which features a generous plate of sliced tender pork marinated in a special sweet sauce to perfectly match the savory protein.

Besides accommodating customers inside the intimate eatery for these flavorful dishes, Hoy Tin Kitchen also derives a brisk portion of its business from both catering and take-out orders.

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