Nadine Kam, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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The Weekly Eater: New Vietnamese-inspired restaurants offer different takes

The opening of two Vietnamese-inspired restaurants — one contemporary in style, one more traditional — suggests a split personality on my part, as I equally prize comfort, history and respect for the roots of cuisines. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Dana’s in Waipahu offers Filipino ‘kamayan’ feast

The Filipino-style “kamayan” meal offered by Dana’s Restaurant and Catering in Waipahu is a bountiful spread of food laid out over foil and banana leaves, with diners invited to grab and devour all that catches their eye. Read More

Honolulu food-delivery services cater to healthy eaters

Several food-delivery services that initially catered to the fitness crowd have found a new audience among busy families and business professionals who simply want to eat better. Read More

The Weekly Eater: King Restaurant offers clay-pot delicacies

A rare wave of nostalgia hit me while dining at King Restaurant & Bar, where King Kan is at the helm. Fans have followed him over 30 years from such restaurants as Legend Seafood, Kirin in Waikoloa and Jade Dynasty. Read More

Bite Size: Korean street dogs make debut at MyungRang Hotdog

The little booth capturing a lot of attention at Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court belongs to MyungRang Hotdog Hawaii, which brings the popular South Korean street dog to the islands. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Maui Brewing arrives at Lau Hala Shops in Kailua

The new Maui Brewing Co. is in the Lau Hala Shops complex in Kailua, formerly home to Macy’s. The gastropub brings a lively, fun vibe that includes live music daily. Read More

The Weekly Eater: O’Kims finds showcase for unique Korean fusion

Hyun Kim’s unique style of Korean fusion gets more than box-lunch treatment in the former Kan Zaman space on Nuuanu Avenue. Read More

Bite Size: Raising Cane’s, ChiChop bring chicken fight to Oahu

If you’re outside of Honolulu, you may be unaware of the chicken fight soon to arrive at a neighborhood near you. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Good food, friendly service abound at Ripple of Smiles

In an age when customer service is in short supply, owners Hung “Frank” Nguyen and Huyen Le are charming, gracious and humble hosts at The Ripple of Smiles in Kaimuki. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Joy Cup Noodles Mean

In many Asian families, noodles are a must for the holiday table as a symbol of one of the great blessings for a new year, a promise of longevity. Joy Cup Noodles Mean fits the bill of offering bowls of long Chongqing-style noodles in mild to Sichuan hot versions. Read More

The Weekly Eater: 2018 a year of dining ups, downs

The year in restaurants got off to a tepid start in 2018. Read More

The Weekly Eater: 2 new choices for Moiliili dining

A spate of newcomers has entered the dining scene in the Moiliili area. Read More

The Weekly Eater: XO undergoes redesign

XO chefs Kenny Lee and Aleina Chun put in the labor to remake the interior of their restaurant with a new paint job and sleek installations that are a better reflection of their cuisine. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Honolulu Skewer House offers Beijing-style fare

With the abundance of Japanese and Thai restaurants here, we’re most familiar with yakitori and satays. Honolulu Skewer House introduces something new to the scene with its Chinese-style feast of skewered foods, called lu chuan. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Cafe Asia pulls off fine fusion cuisine

Many people would trade places with us to live in Hawaii, so we’re familiar with the story of vacationers eventually setting down roots here. But few have made the decision as quickly as Chen Pan and Kylee Lin. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Shabu shabu comes to Ala Moana

Those in need of a break from holiday shopping at Ala Moana Center will find Shabuya open in the mall’s Ewa end, in the spot that formerly housed Magnolia Bakery and Cafe. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Yakitori Ando celebrates all things chicken

Nobody likes to experience sticker shock at a restaurant, that feeling of being gouged for no apparent reason. You’ll have the opposite experience at Yakitori Ando. Read More

Stripsteak introduces new holiday menu

Entering the holiday season, Stripsteak in the International Market Place has launched a sunset supper menu for diners who need a break from the season’s stresses. Read More

Chef Ed Lee fuses Korean heritage with Kentucky flavors

Chef Edward Lee’s cooking is a result of his Korean heritage, his Brooklyn upbringing and his move to Louisville after he fell in love with the city during a road trip to the Kentucky Derby in 2001. Read More

The Weekly Eater: Garden Island Cafe offers big taste at a small price

Longtime fans of Garden Island Cafe make the long drive to Waipahu to feed their cravings, now that the restaurant has moved from Manoa. Read More

Dim sum thrives ‘in the country’

I grew up in Waipahu, which has always been home to several chop suey houses, but even as a child I knew that for the best stuff you had to go to Chinatown, especially for dim sum, which just didn’t exist “in the country,” as townies always teased. Read More

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