The Choice is Yours: Chopsticks or Fork

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May 26, 2013

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

One of the best things about Hong Kong is the food, so when I heard Anytime Cafe owner Ken Wong speaking Cantonese, I had to ask if they are a Hong Kong-style restaurant. He said yes, and I immediately became excited.

But the restaurant offers more than just Hong Kong-style cuisine. There also are burgers, sandwiches, and local favorites such as Loco Moco ($11.95) and Oxtail Soup ($11.95), as well as a variety of Italian dishes, including Pizza, Spaghettini and Risottos.

My personal favorites on the menu are French Toast with Peanut Butter Filling – Hong Kong style ($6.95), Rice Soup or Jook ($4.95-$8.95), Green Onion Pancakes ($3.95) and Hai-nan Chicken Rice ($12.95).

Also popular is Shrimp Wonton Noodle in Broth ($8.95), which can be substituted with shrimp noodle ($9.25) or served lo mein-style (add $2).

“The noodles and wonton peel are from Canada,” says Wong. “It’s more of a traditional Hong Kong-style dish. I’m Chinese, I’m from Hong Kong, I know what kind of noodles it should be and this is the closest I’ve found and good quality, so we don’t mind the extra cost to bring it in.”

Some must-try new specials include Bone In Pork Chop ($14.95), which features a juicy pan-fried pork chop in a mushroom cream sauce served with vegetable and pasta; and Squid Ink Linguine with Calamari ($16.95), which is a fresh squid ink pasta tossed with calamari rings in a house marinara sauce.

For dessert, Snow Ice is amazing, and available in mango, strawberry, green tea, milk, honeydew and taro flavors. And the beverage options are a great reflection of a Hong Kong cafe, with Hong Kong-Style Coffee, Milk Tea and Mixed Coffee/Tea; as well as Tea with lemon, Honey Lemon, Soy Bean Milk and more.

“We are a casual, family-friendly restaurant, and our prices are affordable,” says Wong.

Anytime Cafe

2919 Kapiolani Blvd. (Market City Shopping Center)
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight
Saturday, 8 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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