Lotus root headlines Ala Moana restaurantA La Carte
September 22, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
By introducing fresh and enticing seasonal and regional specials, the evolving menu at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant keeps customers coming back to see what is in store as the cuisine inspired by China and Hong Kong influences “wows” diners.
Jade Dynasty general manager Gary Chan explains that people of Chinese heritage consider the lotus plant to be very beneficial, as the elegant flowers are used as offerings to the Lady Buddha (Koon Yin). The lotus seeds are widely used to make dessert, such as moon cake, as well as deep-fried mochi balls. Its leaves are often used to wrap food for steaming, including the popular mochi rice and chicken.
The lotus roots are rich in minerals, such as Vitamin A and C as well as potassium. Health benefits from eating lotus is said to include enhanced blood circulation, reduced stress, blood pressure regulation and improved digestion. Jade Dynasty has fresh lotus roots on hand and is offering a duo of new specials including Pan-Fried Lotus Root Sandwich with Minced Fish ($4.50).
Stir-Fried Shrimp, Scallop & Lotus Root with X.O. Chili Sauce ($19.95) is another specialty item that includes the iconic lotus root along with scintillating seafood and the tasty sauce. As Chan reminds diners, “The lotus season is very short, so we’re offering these special dishes for a limited time while supplies last.”
Conveniently located within the Hookipa Terrace on the Ala Moana Shopping Center’s fourth floor, Jade Dynasty serves up an award-winning dining experience in an inviting atmosphere featuring dark wood accents and intricately crafted chandeliers.
The family friendly restaurant is capable of hosting up to 300 people, and diners are encouraged to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and special events in either the main dining room or one of the seven private dining areas.
Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant is well known for its array of nearly 60 Dim Sum varieties served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and starting at just $2.95. Popular choices include Fried Shrimp & Chive Bun ($4.65 for three pieces), which packs flavor into each bite with the delicious shrimp-infused dish.