Dim Sum, And Then Some

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November 1, 2015

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Mixed Vegetables with Tofu and Mushrooms ($11.95). Nathalie Walker photo

Mixed Vegetables with Tofu and Mushrooms ($11.95). Nathalie Walker photo

Every day is indeed a happy day at a renowned Chinese eatery in Kaimuki, thanks to amazing service and equally incredible cuisine. At Happy Days, families of all sizes cheerfully dine around large circular tables, adding to the joyful noise of the bustling restaurant. Dim sum is served, of course, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering carts full of steamed dumplings, savory morsels and sweet custard tarts.

You may be thinking that there are so many other places that serve Chinese food and dim sum, but what sets Happy Days apart is its dedication to quality. The genuine spirit of the management and staff are enough to bring you back time after time, but it is the tastes and freshness of the establishment’s food that will have you wishing you could never leave.

Indulge in Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($11.95), which is deep fried until it’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Topped with chilies and garlic seasoning, this meal is the perfect pupu to bring to any party. If you’re not taking out, consider dining in at the 300-seater restaurant, or take advantage of its private rooms for large parties and special occasions.


Although it is a dish fit for vegetarians, Mixed Vegetable with Tofu and Mushroom ($11.95) continues to be a favorite for any and every eater. The medley of broccoli, baby corn, bok choy and straw mushrooms create a bed for luscious shiitake mushroom caps and fried tofu. The whole meal is stir-fried with garlic, soy sauce and oyster sauce for a light and flavorful gravy. Whether ordered as a side dish or eaten as a complete meal, this menu item is sure to put a smile on your face.

Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant

3553 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki
Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; dim sum available 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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