Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, November 25, 2001



Seafood Taro Basketis an Asia Manoa specialty.

Asia Manoa employees
treated like customers


At Asia Manoa Chinese restaurant, the owners believe the staff must eat as well as the customers to best get through their busy shifts.

Twice daily, the nine employees are invited to a meal prepared by the head chefs, who have free range in the selection of ingredients.

Asia Manoa owner, Wendy Pang and chefs Siu, center,
and Amun (they go by their first names only) set up a staff meal.

"Usually the first meal of the day is a big bowl of hot look fun or scrambled eggs with green onions," says owner Edmund Pang.

The mid-day dinner is more substantial with more than one entree, fresh green vegetable and rice, since it has to tide the staff over until quitting time at 9 p.m.

Sometimes the chefs will test new recipe ideas during staff meals. An American-style clam chowder became a daily special after it won the approval of the employees.

Asia Manoa, in the Manoa Marketplace, is celebrating its first anniversary. Diners will receive gifts of the sweetened walnuts used in the restaurant's Honey Walnut Shrimp dish. Call 988-2828.

$50,000 in hope

The Mauna Kea Resort's "An Evening of Hope" fund-raising dinner drew 400 guests and raised $50,000 for the New York-established Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund and American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The cash donation came from the proceeds of a food and wine auction that grossed $64,000.

Prince Resorts chefs hosted a dinner along with New York chefs Tom Colicchio of Grammercy Tavern and Philip Baltz and Christina Grdovic of Red Cat.

Established by Windows on the World restaurant, the Windows of Hope fund provides aid to families food service employees lost at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

New on the menu

Executive Menu: Orchids at the Halekulani is introducing an upscale, three-course lunch especially suited to business diners. Chef Darryl Fujita will offer a new menu monthly. November's menu features an appetizer choice of broiled shrimp or watermelon gazpacho, and an entree choice of sautéed ehu or vegetable lasagna. Cost is $25. Call 923-2311.

20/20 Holiday Deal: Aloha Tower Marketplace restaurants are adding 20 percent in value to gift certificates purchased for the holidays. For example, buy a $100 gift certificate and receive an additional certificate for $20. Aloha Tower is also offering free parking and free trolley tours of the Honolulu City Lights display with shop or restaurant purchases.

Seafood Sunday Brunch: The Parc Cafe is adding to its weekly rotation of brunches with a seafood brunch on Sundays. Salads, appetizers and desserts are served on an all-you-can-eat buffet; 11 entrees are offered made-to-order. Cost is $25.95 to $28.95 depending on entree; children pay $1 per year of age. Entrees include Lychee-Stuffed French Toast, Miso Salmon Ochazuke and Asian Seafood Omelet. Call 931-6643.

Special events

Farm to Table: The Pearl restaurant at Leeward Community College offers a three-course lunch featuring island beef and produce, Wednesday through Friday. The menu: Kahuku Corn Tartlette, Grilled Kamuela Beef Tenderloin with Sautéed Kahuku Prawns, and Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate Caramel Torte with Hawaiian Vanilla ice cream. Cost is $12.95. Seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 455-0298.

Winez & Grindz: Chef Laura Fong presents a five-course meal with wine pairings, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Pineapple Room. Cost is $49; $64 with wines. Entree is Five-Spice Braised Veal Shank on Lup Cheong Risotto (with Lambrusco, Barbolini 1999), and other courses include Checker Board Sashimi Salad and Broiled Unagi on Sushi Rice. Call 945-6473.


New releases from Hawaii authors

By Burl Burlingame


"Kalani and the Night Marchers" by Elaine Masters, illustrated by Ron Croci (Island Heritage, $4.99)

This is a kind of benign time-travel adventure in which two 18th-century boys, fed up with homework and chores, stumble into a Hawaiian past in which Night Marchers are real. Masters' old-fashioned storytelling zips right along, and Croci's art is sketchy and expressive.


"Leilani's Hula" by Tammy Yee (Island Heritage, $3.99)

Leilani dances the hula and delights her grandmother, and readers learn some Hawaiian words. Yee's art is too cute for words.

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