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December 15, 2015

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Just over a year old, Malee Thai Restaurant still shines with outstanding service and unforgettable, authentic Thai cuisine.

Meant to be enjoyed family-style, dishes such as Beef Masaman Curry ($10.50) are entrees you might have to fight your companions for. Bites of Angus beef are stewed with potatoes, carrots and fried onions, and served in a thick, curry-like sauce. The meal is so delicious, you may want to order more than one serving, just in case.

Chef and owner Jenny Ayano moved her family from Bangkok, Thailand to Hawaii in 2002, and with the help of her daughter and co-owner Supawadee Areeyaphan, the move and new restaurant have been a success. When customers ask what her favorite item on the menu is, Areeyaphan answers that she likes whatever her mom makes, as she always is inventing new dishes. Such spontaneous creations are so well-received that they become specials not found on the regular menu — although always available upon request — like Crab Fried Rice ($11.50). Crab, green onions and tomatoes are stir-fried with rice and yellow curry. The bright yellow color is as vibrant as the bold flavors on the plate.

Another special item is Thai Hot Basil with Pork Belly ($11.50). A medley of long beans, bamboo shoots and mushrooms are stir-fried in a shoyu and oyster sauce mixture, and Thai basil is added for that distinct taste Thai food often has. Although you also can have the entree with chicken, beef or seafood, the pork belly option is one you won’t want to pass up. The belly is deep fried and made to order to keep the meat crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Some things to look forward to from your favorite Keeaumoku eatery are happy hour coming in January and updated social media plug-ins to keep you posted on coupons and the latest from Malee Thai. You also can find the restaurant on Instagram by searching “maleethaihawaii.”

Malee Thai Restaurant

661 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Validated parking available in Samsung Plaza

Honolulu, HI 96814

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