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May 31, 2013 12:39 AM

Duk Kee with a Friend

The two of us had the Salt & Pepper Pork Chop, Cold Ginger Chicken, and Choy Sum w/ garlic. $25+ for two of us, and I've got enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It was really good. I kinda wish another friend had joined us because I was ono for the Honey Walnut Shrimp, but it's probably just as well.

What's your favorite 'less popular' place for Chinese food on Oahu?

ps: I attend Epiphany Church a couple of blocks away. The women tend to prefer Happy Day (nicer ambiance), the men tend to prefer Duk Kee.

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  1. happy days is on the corner, duk kee is where?

    new mui kwai 3 and nice day, both in liliha. i like kin wah and pa ke's, both in kaneohe, although pa ke's is well known.

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    1. re: indelibledotink

      duk kee is next to hale vietnam at the mauka end of the parking lot across from first hawaiian bank.

      ive been to pa ke's a few times (mostly after funerals).

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          The soup dumplings (both kinds), the smoked fish, the Peking duck (though not the best in town, I'm told.), the casseroles, the shredded snow pea, enoki mushroom, and tofu in wasabi oil, and most of the items that must be ordered in advance.

      1. I've probably mentioned these places before, Hoy Tin Chop Suey on Liliha St. and Lagoon Chinese off Lagoon Dr. near the airport. Duk Kee is just ok for a quick, cheap neighborhood meal.

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        1. re: curiousgeo

          I've heard of Hoy Tin, but not Lagoon.
          Of course for giant gau gee you gotta hit Waimalu Chop Suey.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Lagoon is popular with workers in the area, they do tons of take out orders at lunch. Good food, very reasonable prices. Parking at the Marina Hotel.


            1. re: KaimukiMan

              hoy tin used to be owned by a friend of my grandma's, but many years ago they switched owners and the food has not been the same. try mui kwai 3 across the street and makai a few blocks.

              waimalu chop suey recently switched owners as well, so some of their dishes are different (not as good).

          2. Been to Happy Days for dim sum and also for dinner a few times. The dim sum was so-so but the dinner menu was quite good. My cousin introduced me to the deep fried tofu with brown sauce which I enjoyed. Heard a lot about Duk Kee but have never tried it. We always go to either Big City Diner or Kim Chee II instead when we're visiting. Been to Pa Ke's in Kaneohe for after funeral luncheon which I thought was above average. The Chinese cuisine in Hawaii surely differs from our similar dishes here in LA. Nice change though.

            1. My take on neighborhood chop suey joints, whether it's Waimalu Chop Suey or Hoy Tin, is that most of them have a few dishes that they do outstandingly well. It's just hard to figure out which ones they are unless you go there often. You can assume that funeral food is not normally going to be it.
              Pah-ke's in Kaneohe is unusual in that it operates simultaneously as a neighborhood chop suey joint and as a white table cloth kind of place where the plates are changed with each course and the wait staff pour the wine. His "party" dishes and his desserts are outstanding, but normally only a few are included in the printed menu. Pah-ke's was described in the Wine Spectator in the last year and I'm pretty sure it wasn't for the printed menu items. (It certainly wasn't for the wine selection, because it is strictly BYOB.) Price points are much higher on the spcial dishes and desserts.

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              1. re: honu2

                +1. Spot on. Do we need to start a list of what to order at each restaurant?

                1. re: Joebob

                  That would be fun! Here's what I like from Pah-ke's regular menu. The fresh spinach salad with Kau oranges and honeyed walnuts. Cake noodles with minute chicken and choi sum (or oong choi). HongKong style won ton. Any of the sizzling platters, especially the curry sea food). Whole fish done any way Raymond Siu, the chef/ owner, recommends. For dessert, panna cotta with fresh fruit, the chocolate decadence, and Pahke's banana split, which is a crepe with banana ice cream and fresh fruit.

                2. re: honu2

                  I should try Pah Ke again. I wasn't that thrilled with it the times I did eat there or carry out. It's only a mile away so maybe one night or day for lunch I'll try it again. I'm encouraged by the posts!

                  1. re: manomin

                    go with some old time windward people, they know what to order. I understand there is an 'unpublished menu' with really good dishes.

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      the owner/chef's name is raymond and he will mix it up omakase style if asked, which is supposed to be amazing.

                      when my parents attended a party there and all the dishes consisted of seafood at the request of the host, a friend of theirs had special non-seafood dishes prepared by raymond on the spot to accomodate his diet. i think it helped that this friend was prepared to eat the regular dishes and just pick out the shrimp/fish/etc.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        I have heard that from people at church who go there regularly. I did always enjoy their special noodles and would get trays of them for parties here. Another place I've not been to is Kin Wah. When I visit my insurance agent parking is always an issue since folks eat there after funerals at Hawaiian Memorial Park. What would I order there?

                        1. re: manomin

                          i haven't been to kin wah for a few years, but remember it as good. i think they just had the staple take out dishes, at least, that was what we always ordered, but the restaurant is always full. i was really into the lemon chicken for awhile.