In this episode of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson stops by the Ying Leong Look Funn Factory, a tiny cafe in Honolulu’s Chinatown — one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States. Here, Ying Leong's been serving up their take on a dim sum classic for over 70 years.
Ying Leong's look funn noodles are based off the traditional dish cheong fun: They're essentially long, flat rice noodles that get their name from their resemblance to pig intestines. All that aside, look funn are delicious. The wide noodles are made with the "filling" — mushroom, char siu pork, or shrimp with green onions — mixed right into the dough, and owner Alice says her restaurant's "local style" features a thinner noodle, eaten with soy or hot chile. Watch the video above to learn more.
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