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by Ashley Hawkins and Cassie Furuichi, student writers

Chinatown offers foods for nearly every taste. From Italian to Thai to Vietnamese food, students can have an exotic lunch or fine dinner that fits the college student budget. At all of these places, $15 or less will buy you a very good lunch.

Indigo restaurant features Eurasian cuisine with French and Moroccan styles of cooking. The atmosphere has a pleasant foreign feel with oversized Chinese lamps and vibrant umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.

“ I really like the atmosphere there,” says senior HPU student Erin Beatty. “The drink specials are great for the cheap college student looking to have fun.”

This award-winning restaurant has a moderately priced menu that includes wraps for appetizers, fancy salads, lamb chops, steak, duck, and an extensive, mouth-watering dessert menu.

Indigo, on Nu‘uanu Avenue, has a lunch buffet for $15.95 and Martini Madness specials start Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 - 7 p.m., with $3.50 martinis.

Indigo is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday 6-9:30 p.m.

The Wong Kwok Home Town Noodle House, across the street from Indigo, is known for its drip noodle or milk noodle. Menu items include noodle dishes accompanied by chicken, duck, fish, or other sides and are reasonably priced.

Owner of the noodle house, Sui Cheung Kwok said, “We offer discounts to large groups of students. The best time to come is before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. when we’re not so busy.” She also said that some of their most popular dishes are their soups with noodles or the Shan Sea noodle dish.
This place is a favorite for college students because the most expensive dish is $6.75. You can also get eight pot stickers, ground beef inside fried dough, for $5.

The Wong Kwok Noodle House is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily except for Sundays when they are open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Little Village Noodle House on Smith Street has a good reputation for its stir fry and wok cooking expertise and lives up to it. You may spend a little more on your entrée, but the taste can’t be compromised. In reference to the chefs at Little Village Noodle House, our tour guide, Tony Chang said, “A good chef can use his hearing, smelling, and feeling to know when a dish is done. That is a talent many hope to achieve.”

“ Many students like our menu because it’s healthy,” said Kim Chook, who works at Little Village Noodle House. “We have a lot of salads and other dishes that are vegetarian. We don’t give student discounts, but some food items on the menu are cheap.”

She also said that one of their most popular items is the pecan and spinach salad. The menu includes: soups, meats, rice, noodles, salad, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. There are also regional desserts available such as sweet tofu and mango pudding. HPU student Olena Rubin said, “Little Village is my favorite Chinese food restaurant. I love the walnut shrimp and the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing.”

Little Village Noodle House is open Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-Midnight.


Chinatown culinary tour

Tour guide: Anthony Chang, of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i (also an HPU adjunct)

Cost: $10 per person.

When: Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i.

Discounts: No discounted rate for students. However, if a student group were to make special arrangements for a different day, the group rate would be $5 per person, with a minimum number of 12 students.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce is located at 42 N. King Street, just a block away from the HPU campus. Call 533-3181 for more information.


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