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Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Massachusetts Serves Delicious Old School Chinese Food

Pu Pu platter from the Kihei Dynasty, Walpole MA
Pu pu platter from Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, Massachusetts.

by Eric Hurwitz. Updated 12/07/16.

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Back in the day, the Kihei Dynasty enjoyed a long run as a popular Chinese restaurant at the Stop and Shop plaza in Walpole, Mass.  When Stop and Shop enlarged, the Kihei and many other stores had to find new homes.

Some moved, some never returned. The Kihei, fortunately, found a location in back of a gas station -- formerly the home of an auto parts store. The thought was for the Kihei to temporarily stay at this underwhelming location until finding posher new quarters.

Several years later, the Kihei remains in the back of a gas station building, just as popular as ever and still serving up those classic Chinese/Polynesian dishes and drinks.

Crab Rangoon from the Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Mass.
Crab Rangoon from the Kihei.

Pu Pu platters with powerful, long-lasting flames, pork fried rice, luncheon combination specials, egg rolls, General Gau chicken, beef lo mein and all the usual "Americanized" Chinese food suspects make for some of the best old school Chinese food we've had anywhere -- and at rock-bottom prices. What's more, the Kihei serves huge portions, most likely creating leftovers even for those with the biggest appetites. Service is absolutely fantastic -- family-oriented, attentive and friendly.

Beef Lo Mein from Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Massachusetts
Beef lo mein from Kihei Dynasty in Walpole.

The atmosphere is typical for a throwback suburban Chinese restaurant with red-colored formica seating, plain tables, plastic plates with a faint Oriental theme, and wood paneling on the walls. The closest thing we heard to background Chinese music was the mandolin solo from Rod Stewart's 1971 hit single "Maggie May" coming from a boombox.

With a separate bar and a main dining room, the Kihei is fairly spacious, belying the fact that it is located in this seemingly small-looking building behind the gas station. The kitchen is clean, dining spaces comfortable, and owner Riu Chiu and daughter Lisa Chiu, as manager, faithfully and expertly maintains the timeless old school Chinese dining out concept and beloved food selections.

Lisa Chiu showcases old school Chinese food dishes at the Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Mass.
Lisa Chiu, manager at the Kihei, showcases old school Chinese food.

This 1970s-style Chinese restaurant will have you saying what they also say at the front of this building: "Filler Up!" The Kihei truly caters to the hungry Chinese Food afficiandao looking for this type of cuisine done the right way!

Kihei Dynasty
741 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 668-1720

Be sure to log onto the Kihei Dynasty Facebook fan page for updates, as well as the Kihei Dynasty web site for general information.

Kihei Dynasty Chinese restaurant in Walpole, Mass., is located at the side of a gas station.

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Lisa Chiu showcases old school Chinese food dishes at the Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Mass.

Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New England travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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