Two-Minute Takeout in Honolulu: Omega Mandoo House
In Part 3 of our look at eateries in the Miyamoto Building, we visit a coveted mandoo-only destination.
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The Miyamoto Building on Nu‘uanu Avenue is home to several beloved local eateries. In the third and last part of our spotlight on the familiar building, we head to Omega Mandoo House. The stories I’ve heard about this place were the stuff of legends, if mandoo could be legendary. At different hours of every day (except Sunday), six to seven women make mandoo by hand—chicken and veggie or kim chee. The owner of the shop walks from table to stove to another table, boiling them in batches. It’s like a dance. She peers over at me while I’m asking the lady closest to the door a few questions. “How long have you folks been in the Miyamoto Building?” I ask. “Long time,” she says. “Liliha Street before.”
As they shape the generously stuffed mandoo, I noticed each dumpling is pressed and then carefully inspected. Its edges are trimmed if needed and a light egg wash is glossed over the top. These pockets are pristine. I snag 20 freshly boiled and chilled chicken and veggie mandoo for $20, and spend another $4 for a big portion of their spicy mandoo sauce. I eat the mandoo cold in my car while heading home to steam a few more. Each time they’re tasty in their own way and with great textures throughout. I can’t wait to try the kim chee mandoo and fry them up next time—but not before having a few in the car.
Call for hours. 1327 Nu‘uanu Ave., (808) 523-9324
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