Little Village Noodle House

I met up with some friends for dinner. The three of us started out as colleagues, working together in the food and beverage/hospitality industry. None of us work for that same company anymore, but we share a passion for food and a mutual respect that has evolved into a friendship over the years. We meet for quarterly “board meetings” which usually involve discovering a new great restaurant in town, talking shop, and lots of gossip.  
At the suggestion of one of the boardmembers and guided by our Chinese boardmember (who claims he was practically raised in Chinatown), this quarter’s meeting took place at Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown, followed by a short walking tour of the surrounding area. Chinatown is one of those places I hardly visit simply because I don’t know it very well. I never knew where to park, and it seemed “scary” at night. However tonight I discovered a lively food scene with an abundance of interesting eateries (which by the way, are far from just Chinese food) and that  parking actually exists. There’s paid parking lots on every block, and Little Village Noodle House actually has its own free (2 hours) parking lot next to the restaurant.

This Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown is surprisingly modern; I’ve never seen French Fries and Pecan Spinach Salad on any Chinese menu until now!

We enjoyed:

  • Green Onion Pancakes ($3.95)
Little Village - Green Onion Pancakes ($3.95)

Little Village - Green Onion Pancakes ($3.95)

  • Pan Fried Beef ($9.75)
Little Village - Pan Fried Beef ($8.95)

Little Village - Pan Fried Beef ($9.75)

  • Lamb Stew Hot Pot ($11.95)
Little Village - Lamb Stew Hot Pot ($11.95)

Little Village - Lamb Stew Hot Pot ($11.95)

  • Eggplant with Garlic Sauce ($8.95)
Little Village - Eggplant with Garlic Sauce ($8.95)

Little Village - Eggplant with Garlic Sauce ($8.95)

  • Dried String Beans ($8.95)
  • Singapore Rice Noodles ($8.25)
Little Village - Singapore Rice Noodles ($9.60)

Little Village - Singapore Rice Noodles ($8.25)

  • Steamed Rice ($1.50)

Everything was fresh, tasty and went well with steamed rice and tea because the dishes tended to be heavily seasoned. The hit of the evening was the Pan Fried Beef, crispy strips of beef in a salty-sweet-spicy sauce. Although, I must lastly add that their prices are higher than what I expected.

050609 little village overview

OVERALL: GOOD
PRICE RANGE: $4.75-$8.50 for appetizers, $6.75-$20.00 for entrees, $6.50-$9.50 for rice and noodle dishes. Visit their website here to view the current menu.
MY BILL: Around $16.00. I wasn’t paying attention when we split the bill.
RETURNING?: Probably not, only because there are so many different restaurants I want to try in Chinatown next, and so little time.

Little Village Noodle House
1113 Smith Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
808.545.3008
Sun-Thu 10:30a-10:30p
Fri-Sat 10:30a-12:00a

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2 Responses to “Little Village Noodle House”


  1. 1 Er May 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Kyle took me to this restaurant…It’s very near to his condo. I thought it was pretty good! I don’t really know any places in Chinatown, but I would go back to this one. Can’t quite remember what we got, but it wasn’t any of those “fancy” dishes you guys did. 🙂

  2. 2 Eugene Kam May 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Food looks so good. I must try it.


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