A celebratory feastCover Story
January 9, 2022
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
With the Year of the Tiger approaching on the Chinese lunar calendar, Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant has created an extensive Chinese New Year set menu that local diners can gather around the table for when welcoming the new year.
Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant continues to impress its loyal customers by adding new menu items, many of which are influenced by the cuisine in both China and Hong Kong. The evolving menu keeps guests coming back to see what is in store as the heart-of-the-house creativity and stellar customer service “wows” diners with each visit.
Conveniently located within the Hookipa Terrace on Ala Moana Center’s top level, 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 hosts 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 managing partner Ave Kwok explains that, for the special Chinese New Year menu ($498 for a table of 10, exclusive of tax and gratuity), “We chose these dishes because they bring our guests good luck for the Year of the Tiger!”
The celebratory menu is available now through Feb. 16, and the Jade Dynasty team asks for notice at least two days in advance to prepare the feast. The menu starts off with Deep-fried Shrimp Balls “representing prosperity as ancient Chinese gold and silver money” as well as Imitation Shark’s Fin Soup with Seafood & Bamboo Fungus to represent “harmony the whole year round.”
Diners are then treated to Golden Chicken with Roasted Garlic symbolizing the “Phoenix bringing you good news,” as well as Fried Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce in addition to Lobster with Ginger & Onions on a bed of noodles that signify “prosperity year after year and good health and spirit.”
Guests are presented next with Braised Pork Ribs in Chef’s Special Sauce served with buns to lead to “achievement in every step.” A Chinese New Year meal would not be complete without New Year Good Luck Jai, a vegetarian classic specialty crafted to promote “good luck and prosperity.”
To create an “easy-going atmosphere” in 2022, diners then can delve into Sticky Rice with Preserved Meats in Lotus Wrap, and the meal concludes with Mochi Balls in Sweet Ginger Broth as a “happy end to the meal that brings good fortune.”
Chinese New Year is celebrated on Feb. 1 this year, and that night at 7 p.m. and again on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Jade Dynasty is scheduled to host a traditional Chinese lion dance to celebrate the occasion in style.
“For Chinese New Year, the fish and chicken are a must, as well as the mochi balls,” Kwok says. “We serve this menu family style so everyone can share different items and really enjoy their time and celebrate together.”
Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant is also well known for its array of nearly 60 dim sum varieties starting at just $2.95 that are served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.