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A feast for all senses

Columns What's Cooking?

May 6, 2015

Story By: Rachel Breit | Photos by: Rachel Breit

Step foot inside Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant and spend a moment taking it all in.

Hands in motion lift long noodles out of steaming broths. A portable cook top hisses as one of the restaurant’s servers puts the final sear on dumplings table-side. Stacks of dim sum-filled baskets emanate enticing aromas.

The lively atmosphere is half the appeal of the place. The other half is the classic Chinese favorites. Dim sum, anyone?

While the menu is home to more than 168 items, manager Sherry Cheng suggests three in particular that are prized among customers.

For lighter fare, try the custard-soft Steamed Tofu ($11.95) topped with green onions and shrimp or minced pork. This main course dish features locally made tofu resting in a dark pool of shoyu.

Thick rice noodles are mixed up with thin strips of beef and cabbage or bean sprouts in Beef and Vegetable Chow Fun ($9.95). The ingredients soak up a simple yet flavorful shoyu sauce. Other versions of the Cantonese staple can be found on the menu. Sample them smothered with a succulent blend of seafood as well.

Clinging to the bone, tender cubes of white meat in Pork Spare Ribs ($10.95) are steamed then coated in house-made black bean sauce and garlic. Cheng says this hearty dish is perfect for dinner.

Still hungry? Enjoy dim sum galore — from flaky pastries to translucent dumplings — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

1425 Liliha St., Honolulu


Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

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