Zesty Louisiana-style Cooking, Dine In or Take to GoColumns What's for Lunch?
August 25, 2013
Story By: Rachel Breit | Photos by: Rachel Breit
Any restaurant that covers its tables in butcher paper and makes an entire paper towel roll available to patrons hollers finger-licking fun. One look around Cajun King and you’ll see just that: customers extracting every last morsel from a bountiful one-pot seafood boil. If you’re fixin’ to dig in to a seafood feast, but want a less hands-on experience, Cajun King has lunch specials just for you.
“The great thing with the lunch plates is that you don’t get messy,” says general manager Tony Siakkhasone Lai. The following lunch specials, $12.99 each, offer the best of all worlds for seafood lovers and carnivores alike, and include a generous scoop of fried rice. Although fried rice may not seem like the obvious offering at a Cajun restaurant, Siakkhasone Lai explains that Cajun King strives to accommodate locals’ cravings. “It’s Cajun food with a local flair,” he says. And if you are in a rush to get rolling with the good times, Cajun King puts the “easy” in Big Easy and will pack it up to go.
Special A is a classic surf and turf, and features an 8-ounce New York steak with half a salt and pepper East Coast lobster. The steak is marinated overnight to ensure flavor and juiciness. The lobster is chopped then quickly sauteed in a wok with seasonings, such as garlic, red jalapeno and green onion. The jasmine fried rice is complete with corn, carrots and ham. If Cajun spice is what you’re after, other lunch specials do include wok-fried lobster with Cajun seasoning.
Special B, another surf-and-turf combo, features half a salt and pepper lobster and a pan-fried pork chop. “The pork chop is probably my favorite,” says Siakkhasone Lai, “It’s a nice, thick cut.” Like the steak, the pork chop is also marinated overnight in a dry rub and soy sauce.
Special C features two delights from the sea: a half salt and pepper lobster and an ample portion of salt and pepper shrimp. “For the price, we try to provide a good, hearty meal,” he adds. The seafood is cooked in its shell to retain the moisture and flavor.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll find a special treat of lobster roe to go along with your lobster. “It’s a nice surprise. We’re not sure if there is roe or not until we open it,” says Siakkhasone Lai.
Cajun King can accommodate meetings and parties in the back room — up to 32 people. “To make things run smoothly for large parties we suggest to pre-order, and to call and reserve the room three or four days in advance,” he says.
Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Note: Reservations recommended for parties of five or more