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Quick Bites: New eatery in Chinatown offers hearty bowls of ramen and more
Lucky Belly: One of Chinatown’s newest eateries — Lucky Belly — is now open for lunch.
The “casual Asian” eatery opened June 1 in the former Mini Garden space on the corner of North Hotel and Smith streets, offering a simple menu of pork belly bao, shrimp gyoza, karaage chicken, tempura shrimp mushu and ramen.
The ramen is served in large, white bowls and a pork broth with sesame seeds, green onions and ginger.
Choose from the Lucky Bowl (noodles with bean sprouts, wakame and a soft steamed egg), the Belly Bowl (noodles with belly, smoked bacon and sausage) or Shrimp Kim Chee Bowl (noodles with shrimp kim chee). Prices range from $7 to $12.
Lucky Belly, 50 N. Hotel St., is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, while take-out orders are available from “The Window” from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Dinner hours will be available in the near future. Find them at www.facebook.com/LuckyBelly or on Twitter @Lucky_Belly.
Miso & Ale: Check out Miso & Ale’s next pop-up dinner at 6 p.m. on July 22 at Moke’s Bread & Breakfast, 27 Hoolai St. in Kailua. Christopher Okuhara and Christopher Gee are the team behind the gastropub pop-up, which serves unique food and beverage concoctions across Oahu.
The five-course, BYOB dinner will be created with local ingredients that include a surf-and-turf charcuterie (including cured kampachi and smoked Thai chicken sausage with a butterscotch miso mustard), farm-fresh summertime salad, hot-and-sour ramen and Miso & Ale all-day-braised short rib.
Dessert is a deconstructed PB&J made of liquid nitrogen peanut butter ice cream with toasted vanilla lime cake, red grape tapioca and roasted curried peanuts.
Miso & Ale pops up at a variety of locations. Seating at the July 22 dinner is limited to 30 guests. Tickets ($55 per person) are available at misoandale.com
Mangoes: For the fourth year in a row, the Moana Surfrider partners with Makaha Mangoes for the “Mangoes at the Moana” event on July 21.
Watch the Mango Throwdown from noon to 4 p.m. featuring more than a dozen top local chefs, from Hardy Kirschner of Michel’s at Colony Surf to Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise.
This year, there will also be a Mango Cocktail Mixdown from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Banyan Courtyard, which will be open to public participation with professional mixologists on hand.
Sample mango-inspired products from Naked Cow Dairy, Ono Pops and Waialua Soda, as well as different varieties of mangoes grown on local farms at the Mango Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Banyan Courtyard.
Festivities take place at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalakaua Ave. Call 237-4749 for more information.
Joy of Sake: The Joy of Sake this year takes place at the Pier 2 Terminal Hall at Honolulu’s Foreign Trade Zone from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on July 20.
More than 300 premium sakes will be available for tasting, along with a tantalizing array of sake appetizers from 15 of Hawaii’s top chefs.
Cost is $80 in advance, $90 at the door. Tickets are available at www.joyofsake.com, the Sake Hotline at 222-0195 or at The Sake Shop, Marukai Markets, Fujioka’s Wine Times and The Wine Stop.
– Compiled by Nina Wu. Email “quickbites” news to email@example.com.