Hawai’i: Jin Din Rou

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9comments No tags Permalink 0

[Closed as of June 2012]

[Hope you don’t mind the bouncing back and forth between Hawai’i and NYC posts. There’s a few more Hawai’i ones I want to share…and then back to NYC. We’ve planned some holidays for 2012, nothing set in stone, but I’m hoping to visit: Vietnam, China, Vegas, Bandol, and Paris. So much to see… And we’re leaving for the Cayman Islands tomorrow! Gotta get packing.]

But first! Ready for lunch at Jin Din Rou?
This my family’s favorite spot for soup dumplings on the island. The $10 lunch combo is a worthwhile deal – four pieces soup dumplings and your pick of either:

…the tan-tan noodles…

…fried rice with pickled Chinese mustard…

…or a saucy seafood stir-fry over rice. Order tan-tan noodles, velvety and heavy on the sesame – the two rice dishes are easy to make at home or find in other restaurants.

These are the “plain” soup dumplings…

…but for a few dollars extra you can substitute different flavors such as the oolong tea soup dumplings, a spicy chili version, and even foie gras soup dumplings.

The $15 lunch combo includes everything above, plus a starter salad…

…and a side dish. I can never pass on this type of garlic eggplant with minced pork dish. Couple with hot rice. Heaven. My major weakness.

Do save room for desserts. Mango snow ice anyone?

Watch out for the popping balls…they catch you off guard. Grandma got a kick out this. She’s accustomed to boba, but these are filled with a liquid – mango juice!

Jin Din Rou
1491 S King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 947-1133

  • Mica
    January 10, 2012

    Your trips for 2012 sound fantastic! I go to Bandol a couple of times a year and know a vineyard that will be happy to give you a private tour if you'd like.

  • K
    January 10, 2012

    WOW all that for so cheap, I'd go there in a second!!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 10, 2012

    Hi Mica! Thanks for the offer – I might just take you up on that once we have our trip plans set! :)Hi K! Isn't it a bargain?? I wish we had something like this in NYC.

  • Cassaendra
    January 11, 2012

    Hi Kathy, Nice pics! I really enjoyed my dinner there in November, but have yet to post my pictures. We went at night, so my photographs are requiring a lot of processing of which a few are unusable. I really enjoyed the oolong tea, spicy chili, and crab. Of course, the shaved ice was very interesting (good). All the negative reviews seem so out of place. Look forward to seeing your posts of all the places you're aspiring to visit!

  • KirkK
    January 11, 2012

    Hi Kathy – Did you by chance have a chance to check out Ming's when back home? I've heard they make decent Shanghainese but never had a chance to check them out.

  • anonymous
    January 13, 2012

    sadly they will close officially on the 22nd :( http://www.facebook.com/jindinrou

  • Julie
    January 13, 2012

    So much yum! Garlic eggplant is one of my favorites, too.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 21, 2012

    Hey Kirk! I didn't get to check out Ming's this time…but certainly will this (esp now that Jin Din Rou just announced that they closed! Talk about timing…)

  • anonymous
    February 5, 2012

    You can find better soup dumplings in Flushing, Queens for cheaper. I'm a Queens girl living in Honolulu and honestly I was disappointed with Jin Din Rou.

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