Combat Your Hunger With a Feast for the Senses

Columns What's for Lunch?

July 21, 2013

Story By: Rachel Breit | Photos by: Rachel Breit

The price is right at Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine. If you have a favorite Chinese dish in the lunch buffet line and are considering ordering a plate a la carte, director of sales Armando Bauzon says for $10.95, you can have your favorite dish and eat it too — an all-you-can-eat host of items are available on the buffet. So devise your buffet strategy (we all have one, right?), mix and match and don’t forget dessert. Here are some of the key deliverables.

Orange Chicken is a popular choice for all, “a local delicacy,” he says. The bite-size pieces of crispy fried chicken dripping with sweet, citrusy glaze are irresistible. What sets this orange chicken apart from others is the noticeable flavor of real orange zest.

“You can really taste the orange,” explains Bauzon.

Cold Ginger Chicken is another favorite from the buffet line. The chicken thighs are simply boiled, chilled, cut up and served with ginger sauce. The potent sauce packs a punch with ginger, green onion and more, and is the perfect topping for the plain chicken. Ho Ho’s sauce is dominated by fresh herbs rather than oil.

“Ours is not too oily,” says Bauzon. “You can tell from looks alone — it’s so green.”

Fish lovers don’t have to go fishing far for Black Bean Fish Filet, as it’s always available. “Its meat is soft and tender,” says owner James Ching. The steamed sea bass swims in a shoyu-based black bean gravy with bell peppers and onions that received a quick stir around the wok.

How could you go wrong with a buffet for lunch? Cheer up a drab day with a feast for your senses that’s instantly available. The quiet, peaceful dining room is full of window light and happy diners piling up and digging into personalized plates of Chinese delights. Items in the buffet line are cooked to order and constantly replenished with fresh servings, one small pan at a time.

“You’re eating fresh,” ensures Bauzon.

Leave room for dessert; almond cookies and mochi balls, among others, are house-made. And the icing on the cake: “You can call us for lunch meetings or even retirement parties,” explains Bauzon.

Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine

Kapolei Marketplace
590 Farrington Hwy., Kapolei
Daily, Dim sum and manapua from 6 a.m.
Lunch buffet, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner buffet, 5-9 p.m.

Kapolei, HI 96707

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