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Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

The Delicious Side Of the Moon

When the full moon rises into the mid-autumn night sky next month, families in China will come together to celebrate the annual Moon Festival. While spending valuable time together, they’ll honor the harvest, the full moon and all the rejuvenation and symbolism that come along with them. In the months leading up to this joyous…

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A New Year in Full Bloom

When observing Hawaii’s culturally diverse restaurant scene, Royal Garden in Ala Moana Hotel ranks high on the list of Chinese eateries serving the most authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine, bar none. The food really is authentic. In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday of the year. Many businesses close throughout…

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September 14, 2014

A Royal Flush of Authentic Fare

Decorated with red lanterns, gold accents and a gargantuan moon cake — yes, it’s real — Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant welcomes diners to explore the culinary delights of Hong Kong. For more than 30 years, owner Calvin Wong has invested in Royal Garden to create both an authentic environment and menu. “A lot of other…

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Have Your Moon Cake and Eat It Too

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, on the third floor of Ala Moana Hotel, celebrates its Mid-Autumn Festival, or moon festival, now through Sept. 8. The traditional Chinese holiday is centered a round the positioning of the moon, as it’s claimed that during this time, the moon is farthest from earth, thus making it appear especially vibrant…

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‘Wu’-ed by vegetarian food

I have always known that Chinese cuisine is often associated with vegetarianism, yet it wasn’t until recently that I decided to delve deeper into this mysterious meat-abstinence evolution of the ancient East. Dating back to 507 AD, China’s Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty, a devout Buddhist and strict vegetarian, is credited for converting to…

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Putting a twist on traditional fare

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant has been serving up traditional Cantonese cuisine for the last 30 years. Although the menu tends to showcase longtime recipes, customers can still expect to be wowed by the restaurant’s innovations and twists on standard items. “Johnny is always coming up with new ideas, so we always add new dishes,” says…

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High on the ‘Peking’ Order

Peking duck is one bird Chinese chefs get persnickety about, and for good reason. Prized for its crisp, thin skin, the duck requires careful preparation to achieve its golden gleam. Anticipating a craving? Call Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant to place your order at least one day in advance. The restaurant serves the duck straight from…

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Stellar Cuisine Reigns Supreme

Cultural celebrations are often synonymous with not only rich historical context, but also the distinct dishes that multiple generations come to love and cherish year after year. Chinese New Year, regarded in the Chinese culture as the beginning of the new lunar calendar and recognized as the most important holiday, is one celebration that is…

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The Garden of Eatin’

Calling all veggie lovers. Join me on a voyage as we travel to the Far East — in search of the ultimate plant-lover’s paradise. We will journey to a garden filled with choice vegetables, earthy herbs and savory spices. Come along as we uncover this urban utopia — so impressive it was given the name…

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Chinese Delights Fit for Royalty

Two large lions flank the entrance to Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, its name emblazoned on the wall in gold. It’s a sign for things to come once you step inside and discover that the ambiance is every bit as regal and indulgent as the flavors of its authentic Hong Kong-style dishes. The restaurant has been…

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