Feeling Healthy With Cantonese Classics

Ali Carte Columns

April 14, 2013

Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Rachel Breit

At Canton Seafood Restaurant, you can expect to nom away at a truly authentic plate of Chinese fare. The Keeaumoku Street eatery, which opened in Chinatown nine years ago before moving to its current locale in 2011, specializes in Cantonese cuisine, which hails from the Southern region of China and tends to be healthy and mild in flavor.

“Chinese people love our food,” says manager Peng Gong. “They say it’s the best in town because it’s not chop-suey style, mixed with local food. It tastes just like in China.”

On any given day, you can walk into the restaurant and find a slew of regulars, many of whom are part of the Chinese community’s older generation, who appreciate Canton Seafood’s traditional menu.

According to Gong, chef Sou Kueng Wong’s background as a chef in China helps him bring authentic flavors to life in the kitchen. Right now, some of his most popular dishes are available at a special price throughout April. The eatery also offers daily lunch ($5.99 and up) and dinner ($7.99 and up) specials.

Shrimp with Egg Chow Fun ($8.99 regular; $6.99 special), for example, is filled with look fun, or indulgently wide rice noodles, that are spotted with bright bursts of sauteed peas and eggs. It features the chef’s house sauce made with a hint of oyster sauce among other secret seasonings.

Another Cantonese specialty is Steamed Sea Bass Filet with Ginger and Green Onion ($11.99 regular; $9.99 special). This healthy option delights with soft, bone-free pieces of fish — which are not at all fishy — served in a lovely shoyu sauce.

There’s also Canton Seafood Tofu ($11.99 regular; $9.99 special), a pure mix of steamed tofu, shrimp, chicken, fresh scallops, mushrooms and choy sum in a basket. The flavors meld together in a delectable gravy that gets its personality from each ingredient.

Like any signature Cantonese dish, these high-quality menu items feature clean, yet flavorful, sauces that allow the true flavor of the ingredients to shine through. You’ll feel nourished and refreshed after trying them.

Canton Seafood Restaurant

923 Keeaumoku St.
Open daily, 10 a.m.-midnight
Note: Call to reserve for parties

Honolulu, HI 96814

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