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Student on a Budget:

Cheap Chinese food

by Christine Ah Yee, Student Life editor and self - proclaimed budget specialist


Interested in eating delicious Chinese food at really great prices? Then head down to Jun Bo Restaurant, located at 126 Queen, Suite 110—it’s really an alley between Merchant and Queen streets, is an oasis of delicious Chinese food. Jun Bo Chinese Restaurant offers the downtown community excellent food, fast service, and unbelievable prices. Open seating of two to eight guests is welcomed but the staff recommends a call to reserve seating for 10 or more, especially during the busy lunch hour.


Jun Bo is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Daily in-house specials are available from 3 p.m. at discounted prices up to 50 percent off, great for those short on cash.

Jun Bo is air conditioned, its modern kitchen and take out area is screened to preserve the old Honolulu-style dining area, which is always busy. The portions of food are so generous that they can send even a penny-pinching customer into a lazy slumber.

If you have not tasted Chinese food before, then you should head to Jun Bo restaurant. Chinese food lovers can enjoy the traditional cuisine of abalone with pork soup, cold ginger chicken, salted duck egg, and roast duck with plum sauce. A menu of daily seafood and meat specials awaits the undecided as well as a quick service counter for those who need to take their food on the run.

Most meals are served on either fried or steamed rice; however, if your meal has a noodle selection then you can choose between chow mein, chow fun, look fun, or cake noodles. It may sound confusing but the choice determines the size of the noodle. Mein is equivalent in size to saimin, while chow fun is similar to fettuccini and look fun, a bit chewy, is the widest noodle of them all. Cake noodle is baked chow mein cut into cake- sized pieces and covered in a brown sauce of garlic, oyster, and soy.

You can order your food with gravy on top or in soup, which is everything in a bowl. Make sure your waiter knows what you want. Now that the starch and soup questions are answered, consider the 128 menu offering.

There is something for everybody, the seafood connoisseur, the protein eater, the vegetarian, and of course, the Chinese food enthusiast. Appetizers are always a welcome for those who want to taste the different varieties of food. The menu includes char siu (barbecued pork), lup chong (Chinese sausage), and fried egg, won ton, gau gee (doughy rolls filled with pork and vegetables).

Steamed prawns, shrimp with pepper salt, black bean scallops, and fried squid will make any seafood lover come back for more. The Monday seafood fried noodle special is a bargain at $5.25.
Pork, chicken, beef, and duck wait to be steamed, roasted, fried, or boiled; most of these selections average $5. What a deal for the days allowance of protein.

If you are in search for a vegetarian meal, Jun Bo has it. Braised tofu with vegetables, choi sum with oyster sauce, or black mushrooms mixed into assorted vegetables. All of the vegetarian meals are under $5. How cheap is that?

At prices so affordable, head to Jun Bo now and try an entrée or a daily special, you won’t be disappointed!


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