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The Mandarin

725 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. C123 (Cooke St.) Send to Phone
Honolulu destination for the unique dishes that make up Korean-style Chinese food.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.
  • Parking garage
  • Dress code: Casual

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The Mandarin Restaurant Review

: Owner James Liu is ethnically Chinese but was raised in Korea and it is the Northern Chinese-Korean-inspired dishes that you should eat here. You'll find them listed on the last page of the menu under the rather odd labels of "A. Chinese Food" and "B. Cookery." Mandarin’s version of sweet-and-sour pork is vastly different from what you'd expect---crisp, juicy pork in a tart-sour brown sauce with nary a pineapple or green pepper in sight. The adventurous will try za jang men, wheat noodles in a thick black bean paste with bits of beef and lots of onion. For dessert, there are hot glazed apples---crisp apples are battered and deep-fried, then coated in a hot glaze of sugar and sesame seeds, and plunged into an ice water bath. One bite of the crunchy candy coating yields way to sweet hot apples.

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