Taste ‘Jai-Gantic’ Flavors

A La Carte Columns

January 11, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

The red and gold exterior of Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant has been standing tall on the streets of Chinatown since 2001. Owned and operated by father-son duo Howard and Gary Lam, the family-run eatery takes pride in serving traditional Chinese food.

Howard has been cooking for most of his life, and it was his dream to open a restaurant. He almost always is in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes, according to his son.

In addition to tasty selections such as dim sum — including siu mai and bo choi gau — Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant offers a spacious dining room and customizable catering options.

With Chinese New Year less than a month away, celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Golden Palace.


Shine on throughout the Year of the Monkey by celebrating Chinese New Year, Feb. 8, at Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant. One traditional dish is Jai ($8.95), which represents wealth and prosperity when ringing in the new year. At Golden Palace, Jai is made with vermicelli noodles, red dates, black fungus, shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, won bok, snow peas and carrots. According to manager Gary Lam, the vermicelli represents longevity, snow peas are for unity and the fried tofu symbolizes golden bricks, wealth and harmony.

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

111 N. King St., Chinatown
Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96817

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