New Home, Old Faves

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October 25, 2015

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Known for its authentic Thai cuisine, Malee Thai Restaurant moved from Chinatown to Keeaumoku Street about a year ago to better serve its customers.

The new location, which is part of Samsung Plaza (across from Walmart), has longer hours (open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and dine-in space (the old location was a take-out counter within a food court).

Jenny Ayano, who was the head chef at a popular local Thai restaurant for many years before opening Malee Thai in Maunakea Marketplace Food Court for seven years, teamed up with daughter Supawadee Areeyaphan for this new location. The menu features an assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, curries, stir-fry, seafood, noodles and rice dishes. Among the most popular items are Crispy Rice Salad, Curry Crab Stir-Fried, Stir-Fried Chow Funn and Thai Hot Basil.

Complete your meal with a refreshing Thai Iced Tea or Thai Iced Coffee. The restaurant also offers BYOB with no corkage fee. Validated parking is available in Samsung Plaza.


Malee Thai Restaurant offers many traditional Thai dishes, including Peanut Curry ($9.50), or Pa-nang. This specialty has a thick peanut sauce with red curry paste and coconut milk, bell pepper, sliced cabbage and basil, and it can be ordered with chicken, beef or pork. For vegetarians, substitute the meat with tofu and enjoy added vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots.

Minced Meat Salad ($9.50), or Larb, also can be made into a vegetarian dish. This popular Thai creation typically is ordered with minced chicken, beef or pork, tossed with fresh herbs and spices, and served with cucumber slices and cabbage.

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Malee Thai Restaurant

661 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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