Joyful times await at Kaimuki eateryA La Carte
February 16, 2020
Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
All those “in the know” about where to ﬁnd delicious Hong Kong-style dim sum service and more continually stop into Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant when they’re in the mood to satisfy their cravings.
Boasting the perfect moniker, Happy Days sits conveniently on Waialae Avenue in the vibrant, eclectic Kaimuki neighborhood.
This restaurant owned by Lisa Lum is beloved among patrons for its dim sum service, available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., churning out fresh, ﬂavorful bite-sized morsels such as pork hash, manapua, potstickers and other treats.
However, the expertise of the staff at Happy Days extends way beyond just dim sum and into all aspects of the ﬁ nest in Chinese cuisine, from seafood to meats, vegetables and noodle dishes. Other items on the a la carte menu stretch the gamut from casseroles, soup, sizzling plates and rice dishes.
Just one example of the creative dishes on this extensive menu is Bah Chun Style Tofu ($15.95). Besides delectable tofu, this item is packed with lots of goodies expertly melded together. They include a variety of perfectly cooked seafood, pork and chicken. Mouthwatering vegetables are also a highlight of this item such as plump mushrooms, crisp carrots and more
TRY SOME JAI
Anyone looking to eat healthier and live a more conscientious lifestyle won’t have to ever give up exquisite tasting food when they eat Happy Days Jai ($11.95).
This all-vegetarian dish bursts with long rice, mushrooms, crisp water chestnuts, snow peas, carrots, baby corn and bean curd. Also called “Buddha’s Delight,” this dish has long been eaten by Buddhist monks in China but has now become a favorite among many other diners. Although lucky Jai has traditionally been eaten during Chinese New Year, owner Lisa Lum says the Jai at Happy Days is available to be enjoyed all year long.