20 cheap eats for under $20 on Oahu
Finding authentic food at cheap prices in Oahu requires a little exploration and a touch of daring.
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Mei Sum Dim Sum
Prices: $1.95 to $3.15
Dim sum isn't just for breakfast or lunch at Mei Sum. This popular Chinatown cafe serves it from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Steaming carts make the rounds displaying dumplings ($2.35), spareribs ($2.35), barbecued pork ($2.35), spring rolls ($1.95) and baked treats. Around you, other diners are gossiping, conducting business, socializing and drinking hot tea. You may have to wait for a seat here, but it's worth it.
We loved. . . the tastes -- and the low prices.
We didn't love. . . seeing shark's fin soup on the menu, which reminded us of the millions of sharks killed annually to bring this delicacy to the market.
Mei Sum Dim Sum, 65 N. Pauahi St., Honolulu; (808) 531-3268.