Honolulu has a pretty interesting Chinatown, bustling with activity, old buildings, fruit stands and numerous trading companies selling all sorts of knick knacks. Little Village Noodle House fits comfortably into the neighbourhood, but delivers a meal that doesn’t quite resonate with the same soul.
(Above: The appropriately named Dried Green Beans in Chili Garlic Sauce.)
Inside, Little Village is quaint, clean, with faux-Asian decor mixed with an island vibe. Numerous out-of-towners sit gawking at the menus while friendly yet disinterested staff attempt to make recommendations for undecided patrons.
(Above: Patrons at the Little Village Noodle House)
Case and I began with the green beans which arrived looking nice, but was overcooked and under seasoned — the chilis barely registering on the thermometer, and the texture mushy. Next, the crispy fried noodles drowned in gelatinous sauce and carelessly heaped boneless chicken and veggies. It appeared Chinese, but tasted like a meal you could buy in the frozen section of the grocery aisle.
(Above: Boneless Chicken over somewhat crispy noodles and veggies.)
Our meal with rice came to over $27 with tax and tip, a price not worth paying for what amounts to food-court equivalent Chinese food lacking soul and flavour.
Perfect for: Tourists.
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