A Palace of Feasts Awaits

Digest Eat This

June 16, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

It’s difficult to drive through Chinatown on King Street and not notice Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant. Its regal red columns with golden dragons dancing toward the ceiling are certainly eye-catching.

Step through Golden Palace’s door, and find yourself met with a feast fit for a king, or queen — without the price tag.

“We want to keep the prices low and keep the people coming in,” says manager Gary Lam.

Currently back by popular demand is Golden Pumpkin Braised with Spare Ribs ($7.95). The pumpkin is first steamed, which softens it to a perfect texture without allowing the pumpkin to lose its shape. It is then stir fried with spare ribs in a brown sauce with garlic.

Lamb Stew Casserole ($7.95) features lamb that is marinated and then simmered with ginger. Then it is stewed for three to four hours with two types of bean curd paste. Stewing the lamb removes the gamey taste and also allows it to tenderize without falling apart. Once it has stewed, it is cooked over a bed of cabbage, and other flavors and spices are added before being served.

To complete your meal, indulge in dessert that won’t leave you feeling like you over-ate. Baked Custard Manapua ($1.98 for three pieces) is filled with cream custard, and the top has the same texture and flavors as an almond cookie. A limited supply is available during the restaurant’s dim sum hours.

Speaking of which, the dim sum menu has more than 40 options to choose from.

“You get to try a little bit of everything,” says Lam.

And with recent graduates planning celebratory parties, Golden Palace also has a banquet hall that seats approximately 500 guests.

“Book early, because we have been filling up,” Lam advises.

Golden Palace also has catering menus, which can be personalized for your needs.

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

111 N. King St., Honolulu
7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, dim sum starts at 7 a.m. daily

Honolulu, HI 96817

Ilima Awards
Hawaii's Best