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Kung Hee Fat Choy

‘Year Of The Tiger’ roars into Maui with Chinese food, fun, firecrackers

February 11, 2010
The Maui News
Lions and tiger and noodles, oh my! The Year of the Tiger will roar into Maui restaurants Sunday, the new official Chinese lunar year. But Sunday is also Valentine’s Day, so many events will be on other dates. Bring the whole family to the East Ocean Chinese Restaurant in Kihei to the authentic dinner buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Traditional lion dancers will perform both nights. Begin with seafood hot-and-sour soup and starters of crab rangoon, shrimp cocktail, fruits and tossed salads. Main courses include jai, garlic mussels, fish and tofu deluxe, chicken with black mushrooms, beef and bell peppers, curry shrimp, green beans with lup cheong, vegetable lo mein and char siu fried rice. Desserts range from malasadas to taro tapioca. Reservations are for four or more diners only. Cost is $19.95 adults; and $11.95 for children 5 to 10 years of age. You may call 879-1988. A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku will celebrate the Year of he Tiger at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The restaurant will come alive with hundreds of firecrackers going ka-boom. Lion dancers and martial arts experts will weave their way through the crowd of participants waving li-see (red envelopes stuffed with money) —hoping to feed the lions for good luck and prosperity in the new year. “We’ll feature the traditional special of pork tenderloin with egg, cooked in coconut juice,” says A Saigon Cafe’s owner Jennifer Nguyen. “We’ll also have dried ginger and dried coconut candy. Of course, this will be in addition to our regular menu.” Call 243-9560. Jason Chau of Asian Star in the Wailuku Millyard will celebrate this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Chinese specials of pork stew with egg, pickled mung bean sprouts, roast duck and mochi rice cakes. “We just want to say, thank you, and ‘kung hee fat choy’ to all of Maui,” says Jason. Call 244-1833. Asian Star and A Saigon Cafe will also participate in the Year of the Tiger festivities Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Maui Mall in Kahului with food booths. Other participants will include Maui Mixed Plate, Royal Island Drive In, Vietnamese Cuisine and Maui Culinary Academy. Stopwatch in Makawao will easily get you in the mood for Chinese food Sunday with black bean stir-fry with rice and choice of vegetable or chicken toppings. You may call them at 572-1380. Dragon Dragon Chinese Restaurant at the Maui Mall will breathe life into Kahului for both lunch and dinner and the Chinese chefs will dish up authentic dinners for two, four and six people. A dinner-for-two example is crispy egg rolls, spicy hot and sour soup, assorted seafood on sizzling platter, crispy chicken, steamed rice and dessert for $38. For reservations, call 893-1628. Lion dancers will perform in front of Green Banana Cafe in Paia at 5 p.m. Sunday. Now through the holiday, owner Dean Wong will hand out personalized fortune cookies with every purchase. He’ll also have Chinese Firecracker latte with an Asian ginger-cayenne zip — sure to bring out the tiger in you. For the 19th year in a row , Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel will feature fireworks, lion dancers, live Hawaiian music, free-flowing bubbly and a 50-item Chinese feast on its buffet. The celebration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 21. Voracious appetites will be tempted with Asian delicacies such as crispy won tons, egg rolls, steamed manapua, roast duck, cashew chicken with cake noodles, shrimp in black bean sauce, sweet and sour pork ribs, spicy beef stir-fry and kau yuk (Chinese roasted pork). Other highlights include a stir-fry wok station, kiawe-smoked prime rib, and desserts. Cost is $36.95 adults, and $22 keiki 6 to 12. Call 667-0124.

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The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Jennifer Nguyen of A Saigon Cafe and Jason Chau of Asian Star will host Chinese New Year festivities at their respective restaurants.



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