Hawaiian Island located on Van Horn Rd. in Trenton, MI is a local Chinese Restaurant cranking out a variety of popular dishes. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while and Amanda and I decided to get carry out Friday night. There’s something about carryout Chinese that is comforting and nostalgic to me so I was excited.
It’s very hard for me to find a Chinese Restaurant that really grabs my attention. Usually restaurants are hit or miss for me and unfortunately Hawaiian Island was a miss. Let me explain why…..
I ordered General Tso’s Chicken which is my favorite. I have been craving this dish for a while. When I opened my carryout container I was faced with a heaping serving of “naked” chicken and chicken fried rice. Ok, big portions are a plus, but the sauce just wasn’t on point. The sauce was on the side which was different then any other General Tso that I’ve had. The sauce wasn’t as sweet as I was used to and even looked like a light gravy. It still tasted good, but it just wasn’t what I had my heart set on. The chicken was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, but I wanted deep fried chicken coated in that thick sticky, rich sauce and sauteed in a screaming hot Wok. The fried rice was OK, but it was plain. Where was the egg, green onions, and bean sprouts?? My favorite part of the fried rice is those giant pieces of fried egg that me and Ma fight over. Eating is very emotional for me and when I’m disappointed it’s devastating. Ok Ok, so No I didn’t lock myself in my room and cry myself to sleep, but I still didn’t satisfy my hankering for General Tso Chicken.
The good thing about Hawaiian Island was the price and portion size. I’m not kidding when I say that I ate four helpings off this “dinner” which also came with an egg roll. I don’t know if there are many restaurants where one dinner can feed a family of four. So my search for delicious General Tso Chicken is still on. Stay tuned for my next Chinese food write up.