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Celebrate Chinese cuisine the best way

A La Carte

August 25, 2019

Story By: Don Robbins |

Singapore Rice Noodle ($8.99). File Phot

Did you know that Aug. 29 commemorates National Chop Suey Day? A mixture of meat, veggies and other assorted ingredients, the origins of the dish are shrouded in mystery.

Some say it may have been invented by Chinese American cooks working on the transcontinental railroad in the 1800s. Others claim a Chinese official visiting the United States wanted a meal created to appeal to both Chinese and American taste buds. One story says a chef in San Francisco quickly made it up on the spot to serve a group of miners.

Beef Chow Funn ($8.99)

Whatever you believe, Hoy Tin Kitchen on Liliha Street in Honolulu can help you indulge in your cravings for the dish. In fact, the restaurant serves a choice of either chicken, beef or pork Chop Suey ($9.99), providing customers with a variety of ways to get their protein. The tender meat is stir-fried with tasty mixed vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, celery and carrots.

Proprietors of Canton Seafood Restaurant on Keeaumoku Street took over the business two years ago and changed the name from its previous moniker of Hoy Tin Chop Suey. All in all, the cozy eatery whose name translates to “ocean sky” has been fulfilling the Chinese food cravings of customers at the same location for more than 40 years.

Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle ($8.99, or $7.99 for regular noodles)

Featuring more than 100 selections, Hoy Tin Kitchen’s menu runs the gamut with noodles, soups, meats and more. Through the end of this month the restaurant is offering special prices on its cuisine.

Among the choices available is the vegetarian food known as Jai ($9.99). Traditionally eaten by Buddhist monks, has since become popular with everyone for its healthy ingredients. Hoy Tin Kitchen’s version of this item includes a plate full of snow peas, black fungus, mushrooms, carrots, won bok, bean curd, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and long rice.

Jai ($9.99)

Another favorite flavorful dish at Hoy Tin Kitchen is Singapore Rice Noodle ($8.99). This dish consists of stir-fried soft and thin rice noodles, shrimp, succulent barbecue pork, bell peppers, bean sprouts, onions, a dash of curry and a special house sauce.

Beef Chow Funn ($8.99) offers diners something meaty to sink their teeth into. It is studded with juicy pieces of luscious beef, perfectly cooked chow funn noodles, cabbage, and bean sprouts.

People who find poultry pleasing can opt for the Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle ($8.99, or $7.99 for regular noodles).

It features crispy chicken, which is artfully mixed with oyster sauce, noodles and vegetables. Cake noodles can be included instead of regular noodles for $1 more.

The restaurant constantly offers additional specials that entice customers, such as the favored Half Crispy Chicken ($4.99 with the purchase of one entree at regular price).

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