Jade Dynasty’s grand opening

I’ve been waiting to try Jade Dynasty in Ala Moana Center’s Ho’okipa Terrace. I know they opened after Christmas, but I had been hearing that they were still tweaking the menu to adjust to local tastes. Word on the street is that their Hong Kong dim sum is really good, with lyrical names like snow mountain siu mai and crystal taro buns, as are some of the off-the-menu items that only Chinee people can order.

From what I understand, the China-based restaurant group Paramount Banquet Halls has 28 locations throughout Hong Kong, and this is their first U.S restaurant. I’m not sure if the restaurants are all called Jade Dynasty or if they serve the same food, so I can’t be sure if it’s a true chain. But their chefs have been formally trained in Hong Kong, so you can expect to have food that’s different from Chinese food that you normally eat here.

I was excited to get an invitation to their grand opening party last night, so I could get a sampling of some of their menu offerings. I was even more excited to see a lot of people I knew there! Here’s how it went:

Jade Dynasty’s grand opening

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We knew it was going to be a big event, but had no idea it would be like this! We got to the Ho’okipa Terrace to find a huge crowd trying to get in. Being Chinese, I didn’t know how to stand in line — I just kind of merged in somewhere.

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