Since its opening nearly three weeks ago, Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant already has seen its fair share of new customers. But for owner Nancy Fujiwara, she’s also seeing plenty of familiar faces.
Fujiwara spent 30 years as the owner of New Modern Hair Styling, a salon on Hotel Street. Many of her loyal customers from the salon have made their way to her newest business endeavor, located just around the block on the corner of Smith and Pauahi streets.
“I’m appreciative of my old customers for coming and liking my new restaurant,” Fujiwara says. “A lot of friends and new customers say everything is really good — the service, the food — and they want to come back.”
Fujiwara’s oldest son Ron Fujiwara, who serves as general manager of Good Fortune, inspired her to make the move from hair to fare.
“He wanted a new challenge, and he likes food and cooking, so we opened the restaurant,” she explains.
Among the menu’s several selections, which include pork, seafood and vegetarian options, one dish worth trying is Singapore Fried Rice Noodle ($8.95). The plate has a generous serving of skinny rice noodles cooked with bean sprouts, bell peppers and char siu into a stir-fry of delicious flavors.
Mochi Rice, Pork Hash and Steamed Pork Spare Rib dim sum ($3.35 each)
Shrimp Szechuan Style ($12.95)
Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.95)
Singapore Fried Rice Noodle ($8.95)
The brand-new restaurant boasts a fresh and clean interior.
Good Fortune is located on the corner of Smith and Pauahi streets.
The Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.95) is a popular staple that no Chinese establishment would leave off the menu. This traditional version of the dish features what you’d want to see — and taste — in fried rice: egg, carrots, peas and rice cooked with plenty of shrimp.
For palates that can withstand the heat, Shrimp Szechuan Style ($12.95) is a stir-fry that kicks up the flavor a notch. Fresh shrimp are cooked with a sauce that has loads of chili-pepper slices and garlic. To counterbalance this spicy number, patrons may need to order a side of rice.
What would Chinese cuisine be without some delicious dim sum? Chef Jing Fa Yu, who previously cooked at Chinese Cultural Plaza, dedicates his culinary craft solely to dim sum for Good Fortune.
Although there are plenty of items on the dim sum menu, standout choices include Pork Hash, Steamed Pork Spare Rib and Mochi Rice ($3.35 each), all of which are served in the traditional steamer baskets.
Not only does the restaurant’s food impress, but its fresh ambiance does too. The clean environment sets itself apart from other eateries, while the newly painted white walls, glass tables and white chairs lend a feeling of comfort — allowing for easy enjoyment of traditional Chinese cuisine.
In honor of Good Fortune’s grand opening, the restaurant is offering a coupon for 10 percent off any meal patrons order (see page 20).
Fujiwara thanks all her supporters of this new chapter. She hopes the restaurant will continue to garner lots of good fortune.
Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant
1138 Smith St., Chinatown
Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.