Chow Funn, Yes, Please!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10 No tags Permalink 0

(note: my new client is located in midtown, so I’ll be doing plenty of midtown lunching for the new few months! :)


Lunch today was, plainly put, awesome! It was greasy too. But so good, it doesn’t even matter. While at the client site this morning, an unexpected pang of homesickness hit as I browsed through local food blogs. Most of my friends have returned home to Hawaii for winter break, home to dreams of butter mochi, malassadas, and loco mocos. This is the first year I won’t be in Hawaii for Christmas and New Years, which will be strange I suppose, but exciting nonetheless. It was not the sun and beach I missed, it was local food. More specifically, Kaimuki Chop Suey’s beef broccoli chow funn.

I tried to stay focused on work, validating fund lots, but my mind constantly wandered. It was not meant to stay put in accounting! So at 1pm, I stood up and announced to no one in particular, “I gotta get some noodles!” I walked out the corner of 46th & Park, having no clue where to go. But a few turns here and there and soon I passed Menchanko-Tei. However, today was not the day for ramen. No it was not. I wanted funnnn. I needed funn. Fried. A few doors down I peered into the windows of a restaurant called Hop Won.

There was a long, but quickly moving line of midday lunchers, eager for a fix of Chinese fast food. Perfect. I dashed in without hesitation, placed an order for char siu chow funn (sadly beef broccoli chow funn was not an option) – I even exercised an opportunity to flex my Cantonese speaking abilities! The order was ready in two minutes flat, and I dove down and demolished that plastic box of filled with steaming noodles. Slippery and shoyu-laced with onions, bean sprouts, and plenty of chair siu and snow peas. It was lovely. Not quite like Kaimuki Chop Suey – no one does chow funn the way they do, but it was perfect for the moment.

I’ll be back next time the craving hits!

Hop Won
139 E. 45th St
NY, NY 10017
(212) 661-4280

10 Comments
  • anonymous
    December 19, 2007

    Kathy,I am sorry that you won’t be able to return to the rock for the holidays but it appears that in a few short months you have already established a wonderful home there.I truly understand the longing for local food and I wish I could send some your way. My son came home (to IL) the other day and for my Daughter’s B-day he brought Libby’s Manapua and Porkhash. We all made out on that one!In the morning I am on my way back to HNL for my 1st Christmas (that I can remember) in HNL ever! We will also be going to NOLA to watch the Warriors for New years! What a holiday – I am really excited!I want to wish you “the bestest” for the holidays and want to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying all of your NY posts.Mele Kalikimaka,Alan from Makiki

  • KarinGal
    December 19, 2007

    As we prepare to have our FIRST Christmas in Hawaii, I send my thanks to you for the tip on Kaimuki Chop Suey — I’ll have to check them out soon.Even though there are so many great new food items to try here, we find ourselves missing legitimately delicious Mexican food and REAL salsa…like the kind we grew to love in Southern California. Any suggestions on finding anything worthwhile here in Honolulu?Have a great holiday in the Big Apple! Are you going to watch the ball drop in Times Square?

  • rowena
    December 19, 2007

    Here, here for homesickness blues. I feel your pain!As for the chow funn {sigh}, in my dreams! I have yet to see chow anything on a chinese menu here. It’s either spaghetti al riso or tagliatelle. The funn that we love and know so well in the islands has gone AWOL!

  • anonymous
    December 19, 2007

    on many occasions, I’ve ordered a big plate of chow funn just by itself.

  • anonymous
    December 19, 2007

    you stole my post for today!!! i had lunch there on Monday…

  • moomi
    December 19, 2007

    ooo i love chow fun, such comfort food — are there any other places that make it well enough?-olia

  • K & S
    December 19, 2007

    sigh…homesickness…tell me about it!! I haven’t seen chow funn here either, maybe I need to start learning Cantonese? Hope the Holidays and 2008 will be delicious :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 20, 2007

    Hey Alan!When I saw the words, “Libby’s Manapua and Porkhash,” I nearly drooled all over the keyboard, hehe! So lucky you get to go to Hawaii for Christmas – what I would give just for one day home (and maybe an extra day to catch up on all the food & new restaurants! ;) It’s true what you said about me having established a wonderful home here in the city – I honestly don’t know any other time in my life when I’ve been happier. And for that I am very, very grateful. My parents and sister are coming up for Chrismas & New Years, and I’m sure they’ll have a tow of island goodies with them (oh! reminds me, must add a few rounds of Ani’s Sweetbread to the list!) Enjoy the holidays back home!! Mele Kalikimaka! =)Hey Karin!Ooo, enjoy your first Christmas in Hawaii – and make sure you make a visit to the Honolulu Hale, perhaps after dinner at Pasta Basta in Restaurant Row? ;) As for Mexican food in town, the closest I’ve come to what I’ve had in SoCal was Azteca (3617 Waialae Ave) Cholo’s (on the North Shore) and Los Chapparos on Beretania. Nothing has matched SoCal Mexican…am still waiting for pupusas and a real good mole to hit the islands, but the three I mentioned about are pretty reliable! :)Hey Rowena!Talk about the things we took for granted in Hawaii! Sigh. Never know good till its’ gone! :) At least we’ll always have something to look foward to when returning to the islands! :)Hey Ron!OMG, I miss Hawaii chow funn SO MUCH. Like Fukuya, Kaimuki Chop Suey, even the Panda Express in Ala Moana does it so good…aw man, another pang of homesickness! :)Hey Zach!Monday! I was THISCLOSE to getting a funn attack on Monday, but alas it came on Tuesday…wouldn’t that be funny if I ran into you there? :) Delicious minds must thing alike! :)Olia!We shall go back to Chinatown one day and monch monch on noooooodles there! I love Boky for the chicken curry funn (you have to request the hoo funn) – it’s super comforting on a rainy day :) As for chow funn, I’ve yet to find a place that does it was well as most in Hawaii, but I’m still searching! :)Hey Kat!Hehe, I doubt learning Cantonese will make chow funn magically appear (though it would be nice!! ;)…but you have yakisoba and udon! :)

  • KarinGal
    December 20, 2007

    Thanks for the Mexican food tips, Kathy!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 20, 2007

    Hey KarinNo problem! :)

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