Celebrate Chinese New Year With Good Eats

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January 25, 2016

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

A month after celebrating its fifth anniversary, Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant has reintroduced its popular Chinese New Year menu just in time for the important celebration tied to the lunar calendar.

Jade Dynasty, located at the Hookipa Terrace on Ala Moana Center’s fourth floor, makes it a priority to satisfy its growing customer base by constantly adding new menu items, many of which are influenced by the cuisine in both China and Hong Kong.

The evolving menu keeps customers coming back to see what lies in store, and the restaurant has been rewarded for its culinary creativity with a host of accolades.

With Chinese New Year coming up Monday, Feb. 8, Jade Dynasty is offering its special nine-course menu for 10 people. Diners may celebrate the “Happy New Year” selection now through Feb. 29 (reservations currently are being accepted and at least one day’s notice is requested).

For $388 (less than $40 per person), one’s group will be treated to Deep Fried Shrimp Balls, Crab Meat & Fish Maw Soup, Peking Duck and Steamed Island Whole Fish with green onions and soy sauce. The delicious meal also includes Lobster with Garlic Butter on a bed of e-mein noodles, Tea-Smoked Shrimp, Signature Crispy Roasted Beef, Dried Scallops & Egg White Fried Rice and concludes with Steamed Mochi in Sweet Ginger Soup for dessert.

“All these dishes are known in the Chinese culture for bringing good luck and fortune,” explains general manager Gary Chan.

Jade Dynasty also is serving up a la carte items just in time for Chinese New Year, including Jai ($16.95), a “good luck” vegetarian dish. The combination of multiple vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, black mushrooms, long rice, water chestnuts, snow peas, cabbage and bean curds is a “must have” in anticipation of the fortuitous occasion.

Diners also may delve into Jade Dynasty’s Taro Prawns ($4.75 for order of two pieces) and Dried Scallop Taro Cake ($4.50). The restaurant has incorporated taro in many dishes over the years, and it is prominent with the prawns as the light, flaky starch serves as a batter adorning the succulent seafood.

“We’re open every day, and with 2016 being a leap year, you have 366 days to enjoy our food and great company,” says Chan. “We try to add new items every couple of weeks, so you will constantly see something new on the menu.”

The family-friendly restaurant can host up to 300 people, and encourages diners to celebrate special events in either the main dining room or one of the private dining areas.

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. No. 4220, Honolulu
Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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