Giving customers a ‘soup-er’ good meal

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August 28, 2016

Story By: Abby Sadoy | Photos by: SWEET HOME CAFE

Summer Garlic Soup ($9.95)

Summer Garlic Soup ($9.95)

When it comes to tasty hot-pot temptations, you can’t go wrong at Sweet Home Cafe.

The go-to Taiwanese sensation has been around the dining block since 2008, and shows no signs of slowing down. Although it took on new ownership in January of last year, the cozy eatery — which is tucked into a strip mall on South King Street —is still serving up many of its classic dishes, along with some tasty additions.

Loyal patrons are thrilled that they can still savor the restaurant’s more than a dozen soup bases and over 100 sides to choose from. Sweet Home Cafe focuses on healthy and natural ingredients, with plenty of taste bud-friendly fare, such as Spicy Miso and Healthy Herb broths.

Complimentary shave ice

Complimentary shave ice

The eatery’s latest specialty is Summer Garlic Soup ($9.95). Prepared with garlic, sesame seed, sesame oil, shoyu and chicken broth as its base, this savory splendor is perfect for cooking at your table with a host of meats and vegetables.

To supplement the hot-pot experience, diners may go to the refrigerators along the back wall of the restaurant to pick and choose their favorite sides to simmer away in the broth of their choice.

Anyone who frequents Sweet Home Cafe on a regular basis knows that you have to save room for dessert, as the eatery dishes out complimentary shave ice at the end of each appetite-pleasing meal.

Hot-pot fanatics flock to Sweet Home Cafe, which is located on South King Street.

Hot-pot fanatics flock to Sweet Home Cafe, which is located on South King Street. L. TABUDLO PHOTO

“Hot pot makes the body hot, and (the shave ice) makes it cool down, so a lot of customers like it,” says chef and manager Takuto Yasuda.

And this sweet treat is not skimpy by any stretch of the imagination. The dessert showcases coffee jelly, almond tofu, mango and strawberry tapioca, black boba, mango mochi, mango juice and brown sugar syrup — all coming together for a rich and yummy thrill.

Catering to both meat and veggie lovers, the eatery does not disappoint with its array of delicious options. For added convenience, free parking is available in the strip mall parking lot. The restaurant will stop at nothing to offer customers a “souper” duper good time!

Sweet Home Cafe

2334 S. King St., Honolulu
Daily, 4-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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