Delicious Dim Sum at Nice Day Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii

By Mark Wiens 35 Comments
Dim sum at Nice Day restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dim sum at Nice Day restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii

Bangkok has just about everything I ever want to eat… except good dim sum (and if you know of good dim sum in Bangkok, please let me know).

So I normally wait until I travel to Hong Kong or Hawaii to get my fix of these porky delicious steamed tidbits.

Among the many dim sum restaurants in Honolulu, my family and I really enjoy Nice Day, partly because it’s in an easy location with good parking, and mostly because the food is always hot and tasty.

At Nice Day Restaurant in Honolulu, they even come around with the dim sum cart, an art that’s even hard to come across nowadays in Hong Kong.

Pork siu mai
Pork siu mai

Pork siu mai, is always a must, and as my Chinese grandmother always says, “boys like siu mai,” and she’s right, because I do!

The pork siu mai are little balls of minced pork mixed with bits of shrimp, wrapped up in wonton wrappers and steam in a bamboo steamer tray.

I like them with hot sauce piled on top. They are only for the pork lovers!

Taro dumpling
Taro dumpling

Another favorite is the deep fried taro dumpling.

Taro is kind of like a starchy potato, and it’s mashed, stuffed with pork and mushrooms, then deep fried until crispy and fluffy on the outside. The contrast of flavors and textures makes a taro roll similar to the Chinese version of shepherd’s pie.

Don't miss the stuffed bean curd rolls
Don’t miss the stuffed bean curd rolls

Stuffed bean curd rolls, packed with minced pork and mushrooms, and wrapped up like a egg roll with tofu skin, is another one of my go-to dim sum plates.

At Nice Day Restaurant in Honolulu, the stuffed bean curd roll is an absolutely must order. The rolls are so incredibly porky, and each bite just literally melts in your mouth in heavenly flavor.

Lo mai gai, one of my favorites
Lo mai gai, one of my favorites

No dim sum feast would be complete without another personal favorite (I know you’re thinking I have a lot of favorites.. I do).

Lo mai gai, as it’s known, is basically a ball of sticky mochi rice, filled with the glorious combo of minced pork, mushrooms, and Chinese sausage, wrapped in a lotus leaf, and steamed to perfection.

The oils from the meat and the rice, along with a slight essence from the lotus leaf makes it one my ultimate comfort foods.

Char siu bao
Char siu bao

There are also plenty of other dim sum dishes to sample at Nice Day Restaurant in Honolulu, but I’ve just mentioned a few of my favorites.

The char siu bao, are also luscious, as are the shrimp and leek dumplings, and many others.

Cake noodles at Nice Day Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii
Cake noodles at Nice Day Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii

Finally, in order to fill up every last bit of my stomach, we ordered a plate of Hawaiian Chinese style cake noodles.

The fried noodles are cut into squared, and covered in thick oyster sauce so they become slightly soggy from the flavors yet still retain a crunchy. The chicken and the choi sum on top made it spectacular!

For a great Chinese dim sum experience in Honolulu, Nice Day Restaurant is one place that will always satisfy!

Address: 1425 Liliha St (Liliha Square), Honolulu, HI 96817

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  • Marcus Encinas

    8 months ago

    I have always been a great fan of Dim Sum even in NY. But this restaurant has a wide variety of flavors that I have never tasted. I will, one day!

  • Mal Milligan

    6 years ago

    We have some over the top dim sum in NYC but these Hawaiian offerings looked splendid and delicious. Another reminder that I’d like to get back to Hawaii some day. Please remind me to never read a Migrationology article when I’m even slightly hungry. lol

    • Mal Milligan

      6 years ago

      Hey Mark, I just noticed I commented on this article like 6 months ago. You can delete this one. Sorry !! You have serious “linky goodness” on your blog now. It’s easy to read an article and click to another great article… OK man – later !! Regards – Mal

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      No worries Mal, thank you for re-reading this post!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Haha, thank you Mal. Glad you love dim sum as well.

  • fernando

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark, we also love dim sum, who does not? huh.. ;D
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  • Ele

    8 years ago

    Looks delicious. I love your blog, I just have one complaint, it makes me very hungry!
    Great photos 🙂

  • northierthanthou

    8 years ago

    That food does look tasty. I like the presentation.

  • Imran

    8 years ago

    Oh my it looks so delicious! but how important is Pork to dim sum? I mean for people who don’t eat pork in their diet can we still enjoy this food?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Imran, pork is pretty important to many dim sum dishes, however there are some seafood ones and also some vegetarian ones that you could definitely go for!

  • Victoria

    8 years ago

    We’ve visited Nice Day several times and yes, they do make ono kaukau.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Great to hear that Victoria, glad you like it too!

  • Mal Milligan

    8 years ago

    Great selection. In NYC we have a number of excellent Dim Sum places like the Golden Unicorn on East Broadway. On Sunday mornings the crowds can be intense. I like Congee with “thousand year old egg”. Sometimes it’s called “rice soup with Century eggs”.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Mal, thank you for the NYC suggestions, would love to try them out. Mmm, congee with century egg makes a wonderful breakfast!

  • Trent @ Food Assault

    8 years ago

    I absolutely love dim sum and can’t get enough of it…..without looking silly 🙂

    What’s your favourite dim sum restaurant/shop in Bangkok area Mark?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Trent, glad you love dim sum too. In all honestly, I haven’t yet come across dim sum nearly as good as this in Bangkok, so I normally wait until I get to Hawaii or Hong Kong for dim sum… let me know if you find any decent place!

    • Trent @ Food Assault

      8 years ago

      Thanks Mark, we have some pretty decent Dim Sum here in Sydney with such a large Asian influence.

      I’ll let you know if I ever do fine a decent one in BKK. Cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Thanks Trent!