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Going to Chinatown for the first time for lunch. Possibly dim sum or anything else you can recommend. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Legends for dim sum, 2nd choice Mei Sum.

    Little Village for everything else.

    Lucky Belly for contempo Asian,especially Viet style soup and anything porky.

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    1. re: macaraca

      Sorry to say Legends has been awful of late. I was just there last week. Tai Pan Mei Sum or Fook Lam

      1. re: russkar

        Sad to hear that Legends has gone downhill. Thanks for the heads up.

      2. re: macaraca

        Did Lucky Belly add to their menu? I don't remember them having anything on the menu Vietnamese, especially soups. The only thing with broth there was the ramen.

        1. re: killersmile

          Sorry about the misinformation...was in a rush to reply as it appeared the OP was on their way at the time. Ramen at Lucky Belly: yes, Viet: River Street.

          Legends going downhill? Very disappointing.

        2. re: macaraca

          Agree completely with your summation, but do wonder what you find Viet Style about the soup noodles? I was glad to see that one of my old faves (mini garden) replaced by someplace that I like. Looking forward to trying the beet salad next time I'm there. For Vietnamese I'd head further down to River Street to CuuLong.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            I second the rec for Cuu Long which has been my standard when I visit Chinatown, although there are a plethora of vietnamese shops in Chinatown. Heard good things about 99 Coffee Shop and I just went to Song Huong to try their Banh Beo since they are the only shop I could find that makes it. Very good, will make a repeat visit to try other things on the menu.

        3. I like getting baked manapua and rice cake to go from Royal Kitchen on my way out of Chinatown. Delicious. Char Hung Sut is also on my list.

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          1. re: Quince

            Just a note that if heading to char hung sut, need to get there early. They always run out of manapua before midday.

          2. Hi Everyone Thanks for the recs. My cousin ended up asking us to meet at Mandalay for a lunch of old home type dishes and dim sum. Happily, the food was great comfort food and well executed. That was over the weekend.

            today, I went to buy roast pork and the guy in line tried to steal the cut of meat that I had selected. Because my whole exchange happened in Chinese, the vendor did now allow him to steal my goodies.

            Thanks again for all your recs. I am saving them for next trip. Was hoping to make it to Lucky Belly but looks like that may have to wait until next time.

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            1. re: dimsumgirl

              mandalay is slightly pricier and not in chinatown, but i like it as well.

              1. re: dimsumgirl

                Glad that Mandalay was satisfying...never thought of that as in Chinatown, but whatever works.

                By the way, where did you get your roast pork? Would you recommend your butcher? I've been craving some and think I'll start a fresh thread on the topic.

                1. re: macaraca

                  Yes, I got my roast pork and also char siu (in spite of the guy who tried to steal my selections). Bought it for the bell guys, the valet staff and the bartenders at our hotel-- they took such good care of us! Cannot remember the name of the place but it was at the Ewa end of King Street.

                2. re: dimsumgirl

                  char siu pork or 'regular' roast pork?