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Kapolei Eats: Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory

Chun Wah Kam Kapolei: Charsiu Manapua, BBQ Chicken Manapua, Chow Fun & Pork Hash

Diner A recently treated our office to lunch, bringing us this scrumptious spread of Dim Sum delights from Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory’s new restaurant location in the also new Crossroads to Kapolei Shopping Center.

Nothing beats a piping-hot ‘n fresh box of steamed Manapua….

Under the lid we have 3 steamed charsiu and 3 BBQ Chicken Manapua…

Chun Wah Kam @ Kapolei – Steamed Char Siu Manapua ($1.50 each) and BBQ Chicken Manapua ($1.75 each; indicated with the black dots)

Here we have a tray of their Pork Hash…

Chun Wah Kam @ Kapolei – Pork Hash, 75 cents each

Notice how yellow the wonton wrappers are. Chun Wah Kam sells fresh wonton wrappers locally at most supermarkets. Their main competitor is Sun Noodle, along with other frozen brands such as Shirokiku.

Finally we have a tray of Chow Funn noodles….

Chun Wah Kam @ Kapolei – Chow Funn noodles, $4

Let’s plate ’em up and sample some cuz!…

Notice I also have a serving of Kaiulani’s absolutely ono Exotic Curry Fried Rice with Cranberries on the plate, which I brought to share with everyone in the office as well.

I’m very impressed with Chun Wah Kam’s Manapua, arguably making them now my favorite Manapua shop. I used to rank Libby’s #1 and Char Hung Sut a close second, but it seems lately Libby’s really been skimping on their Charsiu. As you see, Chun Wah Kam’s charsiu filing is adequately generous, very moist and spot-on true to how local style charsiu manapua filling should taste. Just a really good Manapua. That BBQ Chicken version was pretty darned good too. Different, that’s for sure. Not one I’d get on a regular basis, but ono never-the-less!

Their pork hash is “a-aight”. Just O.K.. I’d say Libby’s Pork Hash is better. Although I really wanna’ try Chun Wah Kam’s deep-fried Pork Hash, which Diner A previously raved about.

The Chow Funn is also a-aight. Filling for sure and packed with what tasted like Hoisin flavor. Personally I prefer the simpler and more subtle Okazuya style Chow Funn, but this works.

Overall a very simple-yet-satisfying Dim Sum lunch, and big mahalos to Diner A for the lunchtime grindz aloha! You da’ man!

Chun Wah Kam now has three locations, with the food you see here from their new restaurant in the also-new Crossroads at Kapolei Shopping Center, being an anchor tenant alongside neighboring Simply Organized,

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory
in the Crossroads at Kapolei
885 Kamokila Blvd.
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 693-8838
Take-out Menu (<—download PDF at that link; current as of 1/09).

The Tasty Island Rating:

(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)

Related links:
Sneak Peek: New Chun Wah Kam in Kapolei
Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory – Yelp User Reviews


9 thoughts on “Kapolei Eats: Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory

  • August 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Pomai, well I like chow fun but not the cabbage in it. That why I make my own at home. Libby pork hash is better. Their bak tong gau and half moon is what I go there for too. Don’t mind much the extra (rude service) but got number 2 or 3 at time. Ha Ha Ha. At Libby that is.

  • August 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Those manapua look delicious. They do look a little dense, though–not as fluffy as the “bao” I’m used to from China. Is it because you had to press down on them to slice them open, or are they just like that in Hawaii?

    How do you pronounce “manapua” by the way? Is the stress on the on the last syllable?

    Writing away about my latest 3 week adventure through China at http://katacomb.blogspot.com

  • August 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    mmm! I had chun wah kam while I was home and had their baked manapua for the first time. I think the baked ones had way more filling :)

  • August 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    My favorite manapua and pork hash are from dim sum restaurants. I grew up eating dim sum frequently so in comparison to places like Chun Wah Kam and Char Hung Sut, dim sum restaurants produces a higher quality of char siu bao and dumplings. I have to give credit to Chun Wah Kam for being so creative – I think they have over a dozen different varieties (fillings) of manapua!

  • August 18, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Pomai, I am die hard for Char Hung Suet. Their ma tai soo is what I go in for the most. I do like Chun Wah Kam roast duck manapua for it different. Fried pork hash is something I had in LA many years ago in Chinatown. I guess Chun Wah Kam got ideal from there too.

  • August 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Concur with Michael – the ma tai soo from Char Hung Sut is #1!

  • August 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    This looks good, makes we want to go to Libby or Char Hun Sut

    Must try this when I get back

  • August 21, 2009 at 6:02 am

    that chow fun looks awesome.

  • August 22, 2009 at 9:11 am

    johnfromberkeley, meh, it’s OK, but not my favorite style.

    John Book, check out wowgrinds.com….
    …They did a Manapua blind taste test, with Libby’s coming out the winner.

    Okihwn, I’m gonna’ have to remember to order their Ma Tai Soo next time I go Char Hung Sut.

    Michael, I guess a fried pork hash in essence is the same as Crispy Gau Gee, except with less fried wonton surrounding the pork.

    Deanna, my sister got me this excellent Dim Sum Cook Book for Christmas that I have yet to put to use. It walks you through every step with photos, making all the doughs for the buns and wrappers and various fillings from scratch. Good stuff. I think Betty would really love this book.

    Kat, Diner A went to Chun Wah Kam for a baked manapua that was fresh made early that morning when he got there, and he swears that was THE BEST. THE BEST.

    Takat, yeah, they did compress a little from the pressure of the knife, but I think they were still quite “fluffy” in texture.

    ‘Manapua’ is pronounced using the rules of the Hawaiian language for vowels, with the ‘a’ being short, and ‘u’ long. So the proper way to pronounce it would be ‘Mah-nah’pooh-ah’.

    Otherwise say it like they would in Texas: ‘May-nay’poo-ay’. lol!

    Erica, is Libby’s still providing “5 cents tip” customer service?


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