What’s on Your Plate?

by Carolyn on August 18, 2015

What’s on Your Plate?     Laughing Phoenix Red Curry

An interesting question! Charlie Hong Kong cares about what’s on your plate. Our food is free from poisons/pesticides and GMO’s, sustainably grown and harvested, offered at affordable prices. Combining spices, herbs, daily made sauces, organic vegetables, free range chicken, antibiotic/hormone free meats, organic/sustainable salmon-using the elements of earth, water, sky, that nourish. Charlie Hong Kong believes, to eat healthy Real Food, is our birthright.

Our morning kitchen is a feast for all the senses; the sounds of chopping, the smells of aromas rising, the plethora of vibrant colors.  Bringing together the bounty of nature with the work and care of humans. Charlie Hong Kong takes this wild abundance and creates Spicy Dan, Pad Thai, Chow Mein, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup and much more.


Harvesting organic greens.

Charlie Hong Kong has deep respect and gratitude, to those responsible for this bounty: the many unseen faces, doing the difficult job of harvesting, the organic farmers, packers, truckers, cooks, restaurant staff, all vital for the food we serve you.

“What’s on my plate?”, think about Charlie Hong Kong.

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Earth Day Celebration!

by Carolyn on April 17, 2013

Earth Day is coming and I always like to honor it with a celebration that directly honors the earth herself. Everyday, at the restaurant, we work with foods harvested directly from the earth: organic greens, broccoli, lettuces, green onion, garlic, carrots, daikon, avocado, tomatoes, yams, peanuts, limes, rice as well as, other food products like both wheat and rice noodles, plain and baked tofu, which are prepared  from what grows in the earth. The chicken, pork and beef toppings we serve are roam on the earth.  The Jasmine and Oolong tea leafs, the herbs and spices harvested from the earth.  To work in the kitchen in the early morning, when the cases of produce arrive, to listen to the chopping, to smell the rising aromas, to see the vibrant colors of greens and orange is a feast for all the senses.  This happens beginning early every morning, like playing among the fields, in our kitchen.  To take this wild abundance, and with alchemical magic, create: Spicy Dan, Pad Thai, Chow Mien, Laughing Phoenix, Chicken noodle soup (Pho) and so much more.

And so it is with so much gratitude for the abundant generosity of our earth, Earth Day is in deed a time for celebration.  A time to slow down and thoughtfully acknowledge the offerings from this blue green earth we live on.  All this natural medicine available for nourishing our bodies.  I see Earth Day as a thank you, as an astonishment, a wonder, a joy for the all that is given to sustain us.

This year Charlie Hong Kong’s celebration will benefit Life Lab at UCSC, which offers farm and garden based programs for children and educators.  It’s our way to honor families and their children who choose to “Eat Real”.

Family pledges to Eat Real

Party for children: Sat, April 20th, 10:30-noon, at Charlie Hong Kong, tickets:, under events tab.  Join us for the fun!


Celebration of Plastic Bag Ban for Restaurants

October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11, at 1 PM, Charlie Hong Kong will celebrate the action: TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS FROM RESTAURANTS. Please join us.  Several of the Board will join us and SOS will be honored for all their hard work.  Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors, passed an ordinance to ban plastic bags in restaurants.  Pleased by the […]

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Earth Day “Supper Club”

April 17, 2012

This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day.  There will be celebrations all week, including a Santa Cruz community gathering on Saturday.  How will Charlie Hong Kong honor the occasion?  Being present for the original first Earth Day, was a moving event for me.  What seems to have become a big party, though I’m not […]

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Good-Bye Plastic To-Go Bags

April 15, 2011

We’ve finally made the decision and we’re sticking to it.  As of April 16th the Earth Day celebration in Santa Cruz, Charlie Hong Kong, Santa Cruz will no long use plastic to-go bags.  We’ve  been moving in this direction for the past year.  Then an article in the Good Times, with an accompanying photograph of […]

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Charlie Hong Kong Attends EcoFarm Conference

February 3, 2011

Charlie Hong Kong attended  the 31st Ecological Farming Conference at Aslomar, in Monterey.  We were invited to be on a panel for organic cafe/restaurants. We are the end users of the product that come from the dedication of organic farmers.  The focus of the conference is on sustainable farming.  It is the biggest event of […]

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Good News for Gluten Sensitive

January 20, 2011

I’m really excited about the findings regarding gluten in our soy sauce.  I’m aware that many people are discovering they feel better eating a gluten free diet.  This can be a challenge with Asian inspired food which uses an abundance of soy sauce.  Some time last year, we inquired about a gluten free soy sauce. […]

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Charlie Hong Kong is Open Again

January 5, 2011

We’re open again, after being closed for 9 days. During that time we worked hard, deep cleaning the woks, stoves and every part of the restaurant. Many of the walls and the outside trim were freshly painted. We like to start fresh with an sparkling clean place in the New Year. That tiny kitchen space […]

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Charlie Hong Kong, Santa Cruz, Closes for Holidays

December 24, 2010

Charlie Hong Kong, Santa Cruz, honors their tradition of closing over the holidays.  We’ll close Dec 24, and open Jan 2.  This is a gift to all our employees, of a much deserved vacation.  It also gives Rudy & I  the opportunity to get work done to the building difficult to do, while we’re open. […]

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