We seem to have a tendency to talk about really well known and upscale restaurants, which is great. At the same time some of the lesser known, often neighborhood places we like to go don't get enough of our attention.
This week one of my friends has been ono for Chinese food. Monday night it was just two of us and we went to Duk Kee up on 12th in Kaimuki. Had the salt pepper pork chops and ong choy with oyster sauce (and rice of course.) Nothing fancy, but really good. I was surprised to see people there with wine, didn't realize they were BYOB licensed (or maybe they were just accommodating regular customers.) Our bill for this simple but satisfying dinner came to just about $20.
Tuesday we ended up at Hung Won. This time there were 3 of us. At the server's suggestion we started with the special soup, winter mellon with chicken and mushroom. We decided we needed to compare the salt and pepper pork chop - even though its not on the menu. We also ordered sichuan eggplant and fried rice. All of it was really tasty and the service was pleasant. Hung Won has a notice on their menu that you can bring your own beverages, be it soda or beer (I assume wine is ok too) Dinner for the 3 of us was just over $40. Hung Won is also well known for its Crispy Gau Gee. Not huge ones like Waimalu Chop Suey, but very good. We were all doing penance for overdoing over the holidays so we (grudgingly) refrained from that as an appetizer.