Since Hawker's Delight was closed (because it was Sunday) I nipped across the street and headed over to Honolulu. The place didn’t look like much. Also, the restaurant was crowded and there was a gigantic lineup. I was lucky to get in just before the rush really got started. After my meal, I know why people were willing to wait.
They had a sizzling plate for 10 bucks with 2 meat or seafood items, and I went for the steak and eel. My wife had the chicken steak (not sizzling), and my 3 friends had various sizzling plates. Each sizzling plate meal came with soup, garlic bread, veggies, baked potato and a choice of spaghetti or rice. Also included was a piece of strawberry mousse cake. That is a lot of food for the money!
We started with a snack sized (i.e. 6 pieces) chicken wings. They were breaded and deep fried, and not oily. A first-rate appetizer.
The steak was a good size and cooked to a proper medium. It was not over-marinated as is often the case in HK Chinese restaurants. The BBQ eel was juicy and tender. I was disappointed that the borscht was sold out, so I got the seafood cream soup. It was okay, but nothing to write home about. My friends had the prawns which were big and tasty, and salmon which was seared, not dry. As for the chicken steak, it was pan-fried and lightly breaded. The baked potatoes and side veggies were fresh and full of flavor.
We tried the various sauces that come with the sizzling plates, from gravy sauce to garlic to pepper, and all were good. No MSG that I could detect.
The dessert cake was fresh and delicious, and had a mango sauce drizzled on and a dollop of whipped cream. Good presentation! I was so full at that point I had to force myself to eat the dessert.
HK is full of little neighbourhood cafes that serve set dinners, and there are lots of clones here in Vancouver, but this one stands out. I left with a satisfied belly and money in my wallet. How good is that?
Ho Mei! Ho Peng!