Hidden gem: Lam’s Kitchen

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Confession: Growing up, I never really liked Chinese food. I’m not sure if it’s because I considered the options on the west side lackluster or because I just didn’t like the flavors, but Chinese was never a go-to meal.

So when my girlfriend, who was pretty much raised on Chinese food, said I needed to try this little noodle shop in Chinatown, I was skeptical. But like all good boyfriends, I obliged and went to check it out.

 

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Lam’s Kitchen is a clean, bright shop at the corner of Maunakea and Pauahi streets. The first thing I noticed was the lack of English being spoken among customers, an auspicious sign. With 30 or so seats, Lam’s is slightly bigger than a hole-in-the-wall. A longtime family-owned Chinatown favorite, it’s packed at lunchtime and there is usually a short wait for a table. Large bowls of steaming soup leave the kitchen at a frantic pace.

Beef and tendon look fun soup with a generous helping of sambal.

Beef and tendon look fun soup with a generous helping of sambal.

The signature beef brisket and tendon noodle soup ($7.50) is at nearly every table. Tender chunks of slow-simmered brisket and collagen-laden tendon are ladled on top of house-made look fun to create the foundation of my go-to bowl. To make it heartier and even better, I add in their superb won tons.

The look fun noodles can be ordered ala carte ($4.25), in soup or fried up as chow fun.

The look fun noodles can be ordered ala carte ($4.25), in soup or fried up as chow fun.

Be sure to order a side of look fun noodles. They’re made fresh daily and served with a sweet soy sauce and sesame seeds, so you can dress them up however you want.

The look fun comes with your choice of won ton ($6.75), beef ($7.50), pork ($7.25), liver ($7.25), duck (pictured, $7.25) or fish ($7.75).

The look fun comes with your choice of won ton ($6.75), beef ($7.50), pork ($7.25), liver ($7.25), duck (pictured, $7.25) or fish ($7.75).

I’ve been here so many times, they know my order by heart and start preparing my bowl of wonton, beef brisket and tendon look fun soup ($9.75) as soon as I sit down.

Won tons with a little bit of sambal is the way to go.

Won tons with a little bit of sambal is the way to go.

My other favorite dishes include the simple and flavorful beef chow fun ($7.99), beef string bean on rice ($7.75) and won ton soup ($7.25) with skinny mein noodles.

Located at the corner of Maunakea and Pauahi in Chinatown.

Located at the corner of Maunakea and Pauahi in Chinatown.

Lam’s Kitchen
1152 Maunakea St.
536-6222