Every season, the owners of Mike's Hong Kong Bistro in Wailuku like to shake things up. They do this by adding and rotating in authentic Chinese and local dishes to offer variety to patrons.
This time around, owner-chef Mike Xiao wants to please his customers with comforting foods that are so appealing over the holidays.
"Quarterly, Mike and his wife, Tina Xiao, will introduce something new," says spokesperson Sandra Ban-Martin. "They want to see what they can do to excite people and to give good prices for the money."
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Owner-chef Mike Xiao is hanging loose because he knows his new holiday lineup of hot entrees will get you coming back for more.
One such dish is the oxtail soup, made with a rich broth brimming with lots of meat on the bone, long rice, kai choy (Chinese mustard cabbage), black mushrooms, peanuts and cilantro. Originally from Guangzhou, China, Mike uses his secret family spices and serves the deep and decorative bowl with rice and a side of grated ginger.
"Mike also makes old-fashioned kau yuk (roasted pork) that he slow cooks for at least six to eight hours," Ban-Martin says. "It is really tender and it melts in your mouth. He puts taro and Chinese five-spice and red soya paste in the labor-intensive process."
Two other new dishes have been added. One is steak and garlic shrimp and the other is a sea bass with garlic shrimp combo. Both include macaroni salad and two scoops of steamed rice on a bed of lettuce. These specials will be on the menu for one month.
Mike's Hong Kong Bistro also serves a variety of other authentic Cantonese specialties a la carte and on the hot bar, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The big round tables in the dining room are perfect for holiday parties of up to 65 people.
Or you may order medium pans (serve 15 to 20 people) and large pans (30 to 40 people) off the catering menu for takeout. Book a few hours ahead.
"The catering menu is very good,"?says Ban-Martin. "Mike's barbecue chicken and sesame chicken are famous. People always go for them." Other popular items are the crispy seafood cake noodle, char siu fried rice, vegetable chow mein and honey-walnut shrimp. Mike's is located on Central Avenue and Market Street in our historic capital. For more details, call 244-7888.