Celebrities choose this Cantonese eateryA La Carte Columns
August 28, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: CAITLIN BASILIO
The staff at Canton Seafood Restaurant takes the most pride in authenticity. According to manager He Gong, a majority of the eatery’s clientele are Chinese tourists and kamaaina. “Chinese people know how to taste real Chinese food, and that’s why they love us,” he says.
Gong goes on to share that even famous Chinese people flock to Canton Seafood when visiting Hawaii. For example, Olympic women’s volleyball coach Lang Ping recently dined at the restaurant and loved the food.
So, what makes the food at Canton Seafood so delicious? “We focus on Cantonese food and seafood,” shares Gong. “All of these dishes are traditional Cantonese dishes.” Aside from tradition, the chefs emphasize high-quality meats and fresh produce.
A dish customers love is Crispy Gau Gee Mein. Regularly priced at $8.99, this meal will be available for only $6.99 until the end of September. With a total of four tasty gau gee, the dish also is served with char siu, shrimp, pork, broccoli, won bok, water chestnut and carrots, all on top a bed of noodles.
“It’s a lot of food,” says Gong. “Definitely worth it.”
Other popular dishes on special include Kung Pao Chicken ($8.99 special, $12.99 regular) and Sweet Sour Pork ($8.99 special, $12.99 regular).
“Our chef prepares the Kung Pao Chicken first by marinating it in our house-special vegetable sauce,” explains Gong. “Then, he tops it with green and red bell peppers, onions, and chili oil — the customer can choose mild or spicy.”
Sweet Sour Pork boasts unique flavors such as fresh lemon, pineapple, red and green bell peppers and onions. “This is popular because it’s not too sweet and not too sour — it’s just right,” says Gong.
Be sure to indulge in one, or all three, of these specials throughout September. Canton Seafood Restaurant is located on Keeaumoku Street and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Canton Seafood Restaurant
923 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.