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4 Most Exciting New Openings

BY Ning Chao and Nuy Cho | June 15, 2018 | Feature Features

The 39 most fascinating things happening in Hawai`i's food scene.
Pork dumplings at Tim Ho Wan

1. TIM WO HAN
Dim sum is reaching new levels in Waikiki with the entry of Tim Ho Wan onto the scene. The famed “Dim Sum Specialists“ resto was founded by a three-Michelin-starred chef Mak Kwai Pui, who was also at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. For those looking for an island take, there are two dishes, the steamed fish bundle with pineapple and the pan-fried black rice mochi with pineapple, which were created especially for the Hawai`i market. And for dim sum classicists, not to worry, as the requisite barbecue pork buns, turnip cake, har gow and sticky rice in lotus leaf—among other favorites—are on the menu. An outdoor dining area provides a trade wind-filled element to the traditional experience as well. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Level 3, 2233 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 888.6088

2. MOMOSAN
Having already completed his Morimoto Asia restaurant at the new `Alohilani Resort in the spring, prolific chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his second gourmet ramen and sake eatery directly downstairs, Momosan, which sits on the ground level, right below Morimoto Asia. The design was made to encompass a large outdoor eating area; the inside seating, running along a long bar, is also open-air, as the main wall of the eatery is made of sliding glass doors that will be left open during business. Notable menu items include a diverse array of classic ramen dishes (tonkotsu, tan tan and tsukemen), plus delightful toppings such as kakuni (six-hour braised pork belly) and aji-tama (overnight marinated soy sauce egg). Don't forget to grab a glass of the chef's own line of delicious sake. 2490 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 922.1233

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