Indulge in Chinese delights for daysA La Carte
September 16, 2018
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
For a joyful dining experience with good food, friendly service and a comfortable setting, visit Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Kaimuki.
The landmark neighborhood restaurant, located on the corner of Waialae and 11th Avenue, has been serving authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine for the past 18 years. Happy Days’ extensive menu features more than 240 dishes, including a wide selection of soups, appetizers, seafood and poultry dishes, casseroles, taro baskets, sizzling plates, noodles, rice soup and house specials.
The restaurant also is known for its tasty dim sum, available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Order it to go from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and get 15 percent off when paying with cash or 10 percent off when paying with credit card. Some of the steamed dim sum dishes, such as pork hash, shrimp dumpling, half moon and char siu bao can be ordered any time of the day.
As for its regular menu, owner Lisa Lum recommends the Combination Plate featuring Char Siu, Cold Ginger Chicken and Roast Duck ($19.95). “Sometimes it’s too much if they order each one separately, so this way they can taste all three,” explains Lum. “It’s a local favorite, and available all the time.”
Also popular is Green Chili Pepper Chicken ($13.95), a dish consisting of crispy deep -fried choy sum, stir-fried onions, chili pepper, and boneless chicken flavored with a special house barbecue sauce.
And for a traditional dish, try Hong Kong Style Shrimp Chow Funn with Scrambled Egg ($12.95). You won’t find this on the menu, but it’s available all the time and features chow funn noodles with bean sprouts, carrots, peas, shrimp and soft scrambled egg. You also can substitute the shrimp for chicken or beef.
“Our food is authentic, fresh and good,” says Lum. “We always use good quality ingredients, and our chef, who is from China, is the original chef from when we first opened, so the food always tastes the same.
“We also have a lot of regular customers that have become like family. We are very welcoming, and they tell us they feel comfortable here.”
Public parking is located behind the restaurant, or there’s metered street parking at the front and surrounding area. The restaurant also is great for parties. There are two private rooms that can be combined to seat up to 40 people, and the restaurant can accommodate about 300.