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Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

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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Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant boasts rich history and flavor. “It is the food that keeps drawing people back,” owner Calvin Wong explains. The 30-year-old restaurant welcomes back second and third generations of repeat customers. Even those who have left Hawaii visit Royal Garden when they return on vacation. “Some of them even ask their mom…

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Good Moon Rising

Ala Moana Hotel is home to Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, an oasis of superb cuisine centered around Hong Kong-style culinary craftsmanship. And from now through Sept. 19, Royal Garden is celebrating the Chinese holiday, affectionately termed Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, in which the positioning of the moon is key. It’s believed that during this…

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Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

Always wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant’s chef…

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