Hung Won’s Winning Recipe for Success

Digest On the Menu

January 25, 2015

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

By offering a host of time-tested family recipes coupled with homemade sauces and authentic preparation techniques, Hung Won Seafood Restaurant continues to delight new and loyal customers in the heart of Kaimuki.

Situated on Waialae Avenue, between 8th and 9th avenues, Hung Won Seafood Restaurant serves up delicious Cantonese-style cuisine in a clean, inviting setting. While those in the surrounding neighborhood have flocked to the restaurant since its new management team took over last year, people also come from around the island to enjoy the tasty cuisine and diverse menu.

“Our cooking style is very much health oriented, and we incorporate popular flavors, while using less oil,” explains general manager and co-owner Kevin Li. “Once you try our food, you won’t be disappointed.”

Patrons rave about Hong Kong Style Roast Duck ($24 whole, $12 half), which is painstakingly prepared over a course of 72 hours, as the duck is seasoned, hang-dried and roasted. Roast Pork Belly ($12.95 per pound) also steals the show, as the tender meat with crispy skin is perfect for sharing.

“People come all the way from Kailua and Kaneohe just to get the roast pork,” Li says. “Sometimes they’ll buy five or six pounds at a time. Some customers even order the roasted meats and take them to outer islands or the Mainland.”

The restaurant continues to introduce new dishes, and while they haven’t appeared on the menu just yet, they are indeed delicious. Li recommends Bitter Melon with BBQ Ribs ($9.95), a stir-fried creation with house-made black bean sauce that complements the sweet barbecue meat and bitter melon, which is recognized as one of the healthiest vegetables available. Kau Yuk with Taro ($13.95) is another must-try dish featuring a traditional Chinese recipe that incorporates succulent pork belly that is stewed and served in a casserole atop taro, which soaks up the delicious flavors.

“Many people don’t know we have it, but as more and more customers try it, the dish is quickly becoming very popular,” Li says.

Hung Won also features an extensive banquet menu for large parties, along with a catering menu with assorted party trays. With Super Bowl Sunday less than a week away, revelers and fans alike are encouraged to order favorites to enjoy while watching the big game. These include Crispy Gau Gee ($18 for 25 pieces); Pupu Platter with Char Siu, Roast Pork and Gau Gee ($28 for 8-12 people, $42 for 20-25 people); Pork Chop with Spicy Salt and Pepper ($26 for 8-12 people); and Char Siu or Chicken Gon Lo Mein ($32 for 20-25 people). Same-day orders are welcomed, but at least two days’ notice is recommended when ordering roast duck or pork in large quantities.

Customers are treated to complimentary parking in the restaurant’s lot, and ample street parking along surrounding roads also is available. To place a takeout order, or to inquire about catering and banquet options, call 732-6322.

Hung Won Seafood Restaurant

DAILY, 10 A.M.-9 P.M.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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