2nd time request!! best peking duck and cake noodle on Oahu?????
Hurry!! i am arriving on Aug 6th!!! need to know!!
best is a debate for both
try On On they have some of the best cake noodle on the island, and they do have peking duck. there food is generally very very good. But ask 4 chinese food devotees which restaurant has the best cake noodle and peking duck an you wlll get 16 answers.
On On is at the Corner of McCully & Young.
Most windward residents swear that Pah Ke's in Kaneohe has some of the best chinese food around.
and remember, you are coming to Hawaii, relax brah, relax. Hurry?? So NYC... LOL
Just back from Oahu-had a chance to try On On-was not impressed with it although a ton better than Waimalu Chop Suey place in the little mall there. If anyone remembers the old King's Palace in Kaimuki-long gone-that's what I'll be looking for on my next trip-thier cake needle was so good. Speaking of King's Palce-they did an oyster roll which have never been able to find elsewhere-anyone remember?
Had a pretty good Minute Chicken with Ong Choy over cake noodles at Happy Days in Kaimuki sometime back. Not necessarily the best I've ever had, but decent enough. Be sure to ask for bone-in chicken otherwise your get cut up boneless chicken breast.
Golden Duck on King Street might also work. Both places are reasonably priced, local style restaurants.
While I'm thinking about noodles, Royal Garden at the Ala Moana Hotel has a very good Sam See Mien (pork, chicken and mushrooms over noodles). It's not on the regular menu but you can ask for it, excellent with their dim sum for lunch.
I have not had it, but Little Village House is generally considered best Chinese on Oahu, so they may have the best Peking duck. Pah Ke made a lovely, special, expensive meal for us, so they could do the same for you. Basically, I'm with KMan: chill bro! You're coming to paradise. Not the time to be anal retentive.
i am gonna get roasted for saying this.... i think it depends on if you are asking in cantonese or english. or at least they believe that you appreciate chinese food. but in general, LV is much more hong kong style than local style. a couple of the dishes are listed as crispy noodle, but not cake
Sorry, but On On has gone down the hill for me. I don't go there anymore and unless something's changed, I'd much rather go to Golden Duck for most food.
For best cake noodle, Golden Duck wouldn't be on the list, but Pahoa Chop Suey is. I love cake noodle that is a little crunchy when the sauce is put over it and Pahoa makes their noodles at the time of ordering. Others pre-make it partial cooked I think. Plus, I don't know where they get their noodles from, but it has a much tastier flavor than other places. There's something about the noodle itself which I love. Portions are big too. Never tried the Peking Duck there.
I don't have Peking Duck too often (just parties), but Wah Kung at Ranch 99 market complex is good. I'm sure there are others. By the way, if you have a craving for Peking Duck and you're alone, try Island Manapua (I go to the Manoa location). They sell 4 roast duck in a bun pieces with green onion sliver and plum sauce to go. No crispy skin from the peking duck but close to it in a pinch.
Whenever I have out of town guests, I always think of taking them for cake noodle, as I think it's pretty unique to Hawai'i. Unfortunately, I don't know which place to take them to. My sense is that there really isn't a place that makes cake noodle that stands out above the rest. I saw that Alan Wong likes On On's cake noodle, so I tried that recently, and I wasn't impressed (although I ordered it take out and it was about fifteen minutes.) In some ways, the cake noodle situation may be similar to the Mexican restaurant situation in Hawai'i: there's are bad places, but several OK places, but nothing really outstanding. I would be happy if I were wrong about cake noodle and Mexican restaurants!
Recently, I went to Tasty Chop Suey (I think that's what it's called) at Gulick and School Street. I thought they had a pretty good cake noodle...which reminds me: we should talk about what makes a good cake noodle.
My personal preference is to have a crispy outside and soft inside. The trick is that the noodles shouldn't be falling a part. Also, I like the interior to be densely packed, almost to the point where you can't really see the individual noodles. (There's only one place I can remember having cake noodle like this and that was at Dong Kung Lau--Hakka Seafood in the Chinese Cultural Plaza.)
I haven't tried Happy Day, Mini-Garden, Pah-Ke or Golden Duck's cake noodle, so I'll try to do so. Any other recommendations?
Chinese Cultural Plaza
Honolulu, HI, USA, Honolulu, HI
Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826
Tasty Chop Suey
1606 Gulick Ave, Honolulu, HI 96819
1221 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814
3553 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Jazz, recently I've been ordering from Hoy Tin Chop Suey on Liliha Street. Classic neighborhood hole in the wall, if you blink you'll miss the place, they have maybe 6 tables so they do a lot of take out. Their oyster sauce chicken with cake noodle is well done, better than I've had at a lot of other places. If you take out, ask for the gravy separate or you'll end up with a soggy mess.
They also have a dinner plate at $7 that I might try sometime, beef choy sum chow mein, sweet sour spareribs, pot roast pork, fried shrimp, crispy won ton and fried rice. Dinner plates can be a hit or miss, but when it's good they can be worth getting when in the mood.
From what I've tried, the Hoy Tin cake noodle is better than Happy Days and Golden Duck, way better than On On. Haven't had the cake noodles at Tasty or the other places mentioned.
What I've found that really makes a difference when I take out is heating the gravy so that it's piping hot when poured over the dish. Also I don't drown the dish, just enough so it's absorbed nicely, not swimming in it, just a personal preference.