Starters for a Nice Day

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February 17, 2013

Story By: Steve Murray | Photos by: Rachel Breit

To venture into Nice Day Chinese Restaurant during lunch or dinner is to be surrounded by boisterous diners clamoring for dishes both large and small. A line stretches out the door as the site of dim sum steamers and heaping plates of food go flying by and hungry patrons talk excitedly about the baskets piled high with (and smelling of) goodness. In other words, it is everything you want and expect from a good Chinese restaurant — noisy, busy, smelling aromatic and even a bit confusing.

What to get? What do you like? The Baked Char Siu Buns are popular. The shumai goes out by the hundreds. Crispy Gau Gee is another one recommended by those in line.

And the dim sum? Take your pick from more than 30 choices including shrimp, pork hash, half moon cakes, bean curd, chicken and mushroom, and perhaps most interesting, the mochi rice ball that includes mochi, Chinese parsley, shrimp and lap cheong.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hearty, Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic Pepper ($12.95), Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($9.95) and Steamed Fish Filet ($11.95) made with flounder, and steamed with green onions, ginger and shoyu may be the way to go.

Check it out. Thousands have.

Nice Day Chinese Restaurant

1425 Liliha St.
Open daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96817

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