M&M eats: Fook Yuen

Fook Yuen

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By Melissa Chang

Last night, I went to Fook Yuen with some Chinese friends. I hadn’t been there in years, but after my recent Lobster King review, they planned this outing so we could compare.

Upon hearing about dinner, Mari Taketa got excited and wanted to go. She and I had eaten at Lobster King and Ming’s, and we found that her taste in Chinese food was (in my words) undeveloped. This was her chance to eat with Chinese people who knew what to order, to see us dine like pros in our own milieu. I was mortified. Mari thought Lobster King’s e-mein was airy and luxurious, whereas the rest of us thought they were goopy. At Ming’s, the dishes she named her favorites were, shall we say, different from the ones the Chinese people chose. It stressed me out to think that she might have wildly different opinions of the food from the rest of us.

“That’s perfect,” said our editor, Diane Seo. “Let’s make it a joint review.”


—Photo by Mari Taketa

Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd.