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By Howard Dashefsky

Job Swap  Dash attempts noodle-making - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL - www hawaiinewsnowKALIHI (KHNL) - With the summer games taking place in Beijing, I thought it would be appropriate to explore the Chinese culture in this edition of "Job Swap." An what better way, than through food.
"Hey Dash, welcome to Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory," said Marie Soon. "We're going to make some noodles. We have your hat right here and your apron."
And with that I was ready to roll. Fortunately family tradition meets modern technology here, in the form of a mega mixer.
First step, add the flour.
"So next we gonna drop in the liquids. That's an egg, water and salt mixture".
A push of the button and were on our way.
After about nine minutes of mixing the product is flattened, rolled up and loaded onto the next series of machines. Here it is flattened a couple more times, before ultimately emerging as oodles of noodles.
The Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory makes more than a dozen types of noodles and wraps. These chow mein noodles, about a ton every day, will wind up in restaurants and markets around the state. "Okay now that we've made our noodles, were going to make maunapua. So first we're going to grab our dough". At the company's second location in Aiea, the manapua is king. Sure handed workers here stuff, roll up and prepare thousands of the treats everyday.
All of them, hopefully looking pretty much the same.
"And this is the tough part. You kinda stuff it and close it up. Oh wow you're way ahead of me. Have you done this before?"
From charsiu to four types of chicken to sweet potato, the crew here rolls out more than dozen different variety's. And remember what I said about all manapua hopefully looking the same.
"Okay so here's the ones we made earlier. Guess which one's yours? Let me guess, the big ugly one. No, every manapua is beautiful, and hot too. Ouch!"
And that old adage holds true here, if you can't stand the heat...
"Whoa"
Get out of this kitchen.
"That's it I quit...ha-ha-ha"

Saturday, 25 August 2012 09:46
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Cheap Eats: Chun Wah Kam
Original Articles at Hawaii News Now

with Lyle Galdeira and Russell Yamanoha


KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hey, it's Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger. This week's Cheap Eats takes Russ and Lyle to Kapolei and Chun Wah Kam Noodle House.
If you're looking for Chinese food, Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory is the place to be because they have it all. Some 50 different selections to choose from...
Cheap Eats  Chun Wah KamYou can mix and match a plate. All your favorites and it's all yours for less than ten bucks."
And if manapua is what you're after Chun Wah Kam has it all. We start off with the baked manapua. Right next to it is the steamed manapua. They offer the pepeau the pork hash, and the half moon. If manapua is what you want, Chun Wah Kam in Kapolei is the place."
"What should I pick today?" Russ asks Calvin Dole from Waianae.
"You should pick orange chicken and noodles. Mini plate. If you eat one big plate you gonna sleep you no going work. Then tomorrow you going get fired!" said Dole.
Having choices is a good thing. The bad side about that is it's tough to narrow it down.
Russ went with the sweet sour pork, oyster pork and some choi sum and tofu. Lyle goes for some kau yuk, chow fun and fried rice.
You can build it your way at Chun Wah Kam in Kapolei. They are located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Kapolei right next to Simply Organized.

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory
885 Kamokila Boulevard
693-8838

Saturday, 25 August 2012 09:39
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