While many of you may have celebrated Mother’s Day dining out or throwing a beach picnic with the ohana, my mom wanted to just kick back at home and relax with some good Chinese takeout. For that, Golden Dynasty Chinese Restaurant is one of her favorites, where the Cantonese dishes are all really tasty and very reasonably priced. Best of all, everything’s cooked to order, so the food is always sent out piping hot ‘n fresh out of the wok.
I went to go pick-up the food just after noon on Sunday and it was slow in the relatively small dining room, so after walking in and placing the order, it only took about 15 minutes and I was off with the goods.
I must note that, like most Chinese restaurants, Golden Dynasty’s menu is HUGE. Download the PDF here and check it out for yourself. All the usual suspects are there, including Abalone Soup, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Roast Duck, Cold Ginger Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork, Beef Broccoli, Egg Fu Yung and Crispy Gau Gee, just to name a very few! In total there are 183 menu items to choose, so good luck making a decision!
One “Yelper” says their favorite dishes are the Honey Walnut Shrimp, Chicken Corn Soup, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Butterfish and Shrimp with Chinese Peas. I’ll certainly have to take them up next time on that Honey Walnut Shrimp! I also wanna’ try the Eggplant with House Specialty Sauce, as I love Eggplant. The Twin Mushroom with Dry Scallop Sauce sounds intriguing as well.
Getting to our Mother’s Day Chinese takeout feast, mom’s #1 choice was the Lemon Chicken…
Which is interesting that she chooses Lemon Chicken, as, like me, usually she’s totally not a chicken fan. Yet Golden Dynasty is so good at making this dish, that she always orders it.
She also really likes their Sweet & Sour Pork Spare Ribs…
Here’s the Spare Ribs transferred to a plate…
My Aunt likes their Pork with Bitter Melon, so I got a couple orders of that…
One of my sister’s favorite Chinese dishes is Sweet & Sour Shrimp, so I got one of those for her…
Thankfully the lady at Golden Dynasty knows how takeout should be served, not pouring the Sweet & Sour Sauce on the shrimp, but sending it out in a separate container so that the customer can pour it on themselves at time of service for maximum crispness. With that, here it is all sauced up…
My pick of the day was Beef Broccoli…
Finally, for starch, mom’s favorite dish from here is their Gon Lau Mein noodles…
You know what I forgot, though? The Crispy Gau Gee! Darned it. Here’s a plate of them being made before hitting the fryer…
Ah, shucks. Well, we already have more food than we can eat between the small gathering of five of us for our little Mother’s Day celebration, so we’re all good.
With most of it being double orders, that entire Chinese spread there came out to just $71. Good deal, as there was easily enough leftovers for each of us to make a complete plate for later snack’n.
Yeah, we could have transferred it into nicer serving platters, but who wants to do dishes after? Not me! My mom’s the type that doesn’t need all that either. Simpler the better is her train of thought.
Here’s a few plates that rolled out…
Everything looks ono! So how is it?
The Lemon Chicken is incredibly tender. I don’t know how they do it, but it just melts in your mouth! It’s not real “lemon-ee”, but just has a hint of tang to it, while being more sweet and very savory. This is by far the best Lemon Chicken I’ve had yet and I highly recommend you order this dish if you’re looking for some good Chinese style chicken. 5 SPAM Musubi.
The Sweet and Sour Pork Spare Ribs are also fantastic, being fall-off-the-cartilage tender with a familiar sweet and sour sauce flavor. Nothing unusual or full of surprises. Just the way good Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs should taste. It’s not swimming in sauce, but has just enough of it to keep it moist. Winner. 4 SPAM Musubi.
The Pork with Bitter Melon is probably the most acquired taste dish in this spread, but I like Bitter Melon, so this works great for me. The only thing I thought it could use was a little sugar in the gravy, as it really took on the bitterness of the Bitter Melon. I would have preferred if the Bitter Melon was bitter on its own, while the sauce had sweetness to counter it. So all-in-all, it was a little “harsh” on the palate if you will. Still delicious though. And the pork was super tender. If you’re a Bitter Melon (Goya) fan, you should consider this dish. You can also get it with beef if you don’t care for or eat pork. 3 SPAM Musubi.
The Shrimp Ala Canton (Sweet and Sour Shrimp) was another winner, winner, Mother’s Day Chinese Takeout Dinner affair for sure! Err, lunch that is. That and the Lemon Chicken were by far my two favorite dishes here. The batter was fluffy, yet crispy, while the Sweet and Sour sauce tasted great and really brought out the flavor of the fresh, flavorful, sweet and tender shrimp tails. I seriously could have whacked that entire plate of Shrimp Ala Canton myself if given the opportunity. Another highly recommended dish! 5 SPAM Musubi.
The Beef Broccoli was decent, but not the best I’ve ever had. The Broccoli was cooked to perfection, and so was the beef, which, again I don’t know how them Chinese do it, but it was melting-apart tender! Is there some “ancient Chinese secret” going on here? If you know how Chinese make their chicken and beef so tender, please share with us in a comment! I want in on that. But anyhow, the only problem I had with it was the gravy/sauce, which just didn’t have that “wow” factor. Perhaps just a pinch of sugar or salt may have done it. I’ll go 3 SPAM Musubi, with room to improve.
The Gon Lau Mein was “a-aight”. Just “a-aight”. Then again, I’m not really into Chinese noodles of the dry variety like this, so who am I to judge? Sorry all you Pakes out there. Mom loves it though, and so did everyone else. I must say, it’s certainly a meal in itself, with plenty of cabbage, onions and carrots and strips of pork mixed in it. Safe to say, they all gave it 3 SPAM Musubi.
Again, I really wish I got some Crispy Gaugee, which for me puts the bookend on Chinese food. That, and a duck egg, along with da’ Shoyu/Coleman’s Mustard sauce for dippin’ and I’m set! You know da’ rules, baby!
Still, with what we had, the meal was absolutely fantastic, and part of a great lazy Sunday afternoon spending time with my awesome mom who I love very dearly.
For dessert, I picked up a Pumpkin Haupia Pie from Foodland Farms in Aina Haina Shopping Center…
It says $10.99 on the label, but it was on “sale” for $9.99.
Let’s try a slice…
How was it? Very good, yet there’s room for improvement. First of all, the Haupia layer is too thin. It should be half Haupia, half Pumpkin. As you can see, it’s three-fourth Pumpkin to one-fourth Haupia ratio, which as you can guess, the stronger cinnamon-laced Pumpkin filling overrides the more subtle creamy coconut flavor of the Haupia. Also, the crust was soggy. I like my pie crust crunchy and nutty. While this can’t beat Ted’s take on Pumpkin Haupia Pie, which meets the aforementioned criteria, it was still delicious and worthy of 3 SPAM Musubi.
Getting back to Golden Dynasty, here’s where they’re located in University Square…
Aptly named, University Square is on the Diamond Head-Makai corner of King and University avenue, across from Puck’s Alley.
If you want to dine-in, Golden Dynasty has a small capacity dine-in area with about five or six tables, with the cashier doing double duty as waitress, while three cooks man the kitchen.
Dine-in or takeout, if you’re looking for really tasty, cooked-to-order and easy-on-the-wallet Cantonese style Chinese eats, Golden Dynasty Chinese Restaurant is a great choice!
Golden Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
2615 S. King Street, Suite 108
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Tel. (808) 955-1067
Menu (2 page legal-size PDF document; 237k)
10am to 9pm daily
The Tasty Island rating:
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)