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Hawaii Dim Sum and Noodle Recs......Help, Please!

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Four of us are planning an upcoming three-night stay in Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, followed by a seven-night cruise around the islands. I am not going on the cruise for its cuisine, and am looking forward to venturing afield to indulge my passions -- dim sum and noodle dishes. On Kauai I've heard World of Noodles and Humura Saimin are good; Nori's Saimin and Noodle Shop at Hilo; and Saigon Noodle House at Kailua. Any other not-to-miss suggestions? Thanx, 'Hounds. You're always the greatest!!

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  1. For Dim Sum in Honolulu, my fave is Legend at the Chinese Cultural Plaza.
    I consider myself a noodle guru and here are my recs for Honolulu: Nakamura Ramen (on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki) for authentic Sapporo Ramen, Gomaichi (on Keeamoku near Ala Moana shopping center) for a modern take on ramen (their spicy tan-tan men is to-die-for), and Eastern Paradise (on Keeamoku across from Cosmo Gas) for their Champong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and homemade potstickers. I could keep going, but these are my top recs.

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    1. re: nonbei

      Thank you, thank you, nonbei! I can't wait to get to Hawaii. I live in a culinary wasteland here when it comes to good Asian fare. Do you know, by chance, of a restaurant that would offer shrimp curry noodles.....my all time favorite? Thanks again for your help and I will follow your recommendations.

      1. re: nonbei

        I read elsewhere that Eastern Paradise was at 1403 S. King, no?

        1. re: Joebob

          EP is essentially at the corner of King and Keeamoku. You have the actual street address correct.

          1. re: Yoshio

            Thank, Yoshio. I hope they are open on Mondays because we intend to go tomorrow.

            1. re: Joebob

              I look forward to your report! I'm hoping to get there next week as well and do my own comparison with Mandarin.

      2. According to a friend of mine the best cake noodle in Honolulu is at the mauka side of chinatown at Lee Ho Fook. She said you can order extra crispy. I haven't had a chance to go check it out, but there was no hesitatation when I asked her and she got that funny look people get when they think of one of their favortie places.

        I have no idea about curry shrimp noodle
        Lee Ho Fook
        100 North Beretania Street
        Honolulu, HI 96817
        (Chinatown District)
        Tel. (808) 536-6077

        1. I'm not sure about curry shrimp noodle but you can get mapo tofu on cake noodle at Daiichi in Aiea. The lilikoi chiffon pie at Hamura's is my fave. For dim sum, I like Hee Hing on Kapahulu. I think their taro gok, shrimp look fun, and harm sui gok are the best. 49'ers in Aiea used to have the best saimin but I'm not sure how they are now that they changed owners.