Bold, authentic cuisineCover Story
December 22, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, New Mui Kwai Chop Suey in Kailua continues to serve up a host of delicious Chinese food at its convenient Kailua home along bustling Oneawa Street.
The restaurant’s spacious dining room features ample space for small groups as well as large parties. The menu at New Mui Kwai Chop Suey in Kailua features more than 180 items, including entrees, appetizers, noodle dishes, seafood selections and multiple vegetarian options.
Owner Wesley Fang and his friendly staff take pride in the restaurant’s modern interpretations of classic dishes and utilize the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients available. Hong Kong-style preparation techniques and Szechuan cooking come together to create the diverse menu.
“Thank you to my customers for their patronage — our team is glad to serve you professionally and keep the great food coming with as many locally sourced products as possible,” says Fang. “If you haven’t been here before, you must come in and give it a try!”
During New Mui Kwai Chop Suey Kailua’s 25th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is offering a customer appreciation special to mark the momentous occasion. For every $100 spent at the restaurant, diners will receive a $15 gift card to use during their next visit. Additionally, for every $225 spent, diners will receive $25 toward their next purchase — an incredible value that applies to the affordably priced menu.
Fang explains that the gift cards may also be used at the family’s bakery that is run by his wife — Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery at 1027 Maunakea St. in downtown Honolulu’s Chinatown area, which serves up an array of Chinese desserts, pastries, sweet-and-savory buns and more local favorites.
For the anniversary celebration at the Kailua restaurant, diners can enjoy specially priced dishes that guests have enjoyed over the decades. One of the most popular items is BBQ Minute Chicken Cake Noodle ($11.95), which features crisp noodles that are also moist thanks to a flavorful gravy. Then, completing the dish are fresh vegetables and tender pieces of chicken.
“Almost every single customer knows about this dish, and it’s one of our best sellers,” says Fang of the cake noodle specialty.
Honey Walnut Shrimp ($15.95) features a full plate of jumbo shrimp along with the sweet tastes of honey and toasted walnuts. The jumbo shrimp really elevate the flavor with this dish, which is coupled with chef’s special sauce.
Another shrimp option is the Salt Pepper Garlic Kahuku Shrimp ($12.95). The kitchen team uses local ingredients whenever possible, and this dish is no exception as fresh Kahuku shrimp make this selection a must-try local favorite. Fresh chiles and some added spice gives this dish a nice kick.
And of course, Crispy Gau Gee (10 pieces for $8.95) is the perfect accompaniment to make one’s desired meal really something special with tremendous taste and value.
Diners also rave about the Oyster Sauce Chicken with Cake Noodle, which is specially priced at just $7.95 for a hearty portion, as well as Chinese Chicken Salad ($7.95), serving as another incredible deal served up at the longtime Kailua eatery.
Catering Options Available
In addition to the popular a la carte selections available at New Mui Kwai Chop Suey in Kailua, the restaurant also specializes in catering orders for customers planning parties, special events and get-togethers. Simply call the restaurant at 262-7800 and work with the friendly team to create the ideal catering menu — the restaurant is able to turn around same-day orders as well, a rarity in the restaurant business.