Charlie Hong Kong Featured In The Good Times

Charlie Hong Kong is a neighborhood eatery, offering noodle and rice bowls inspired by a fusion of Southeast Asian flavors with California organic sensibilities.  The vision: to offer healthy, affordable, “fast” food.  We call it Street Food because this...

Eating Healthy- Easier Than Cooking At Home

Don’t feel like cooking?  Worried about getting your vitamins, minerals and proteins?  No worries-come into Charlie Hong Kong and you can be reassured you’re nourishing you body with healthy, tasty food that is served up quick! In Santa Cruz there is an...

From Farm to Asian Pesto

It’s full on summer.  Time to make Garlic Basil Noodles or Asian Pesto.  I’ve been waiting for the basil to come into season.  I make a trip to the Wednesday, farmer’s Market in downtown Santa Cruz, in search of basil.  The market is alive with...

What’s “Organic Asian Street Food”

Why do we refer to our food as “Organic Asian Street Food”?  When traveling through Asia, we (both my husband and I) loved to eat at food stalls that dotted the alleys, markets and roads.  This food represented the region. It was inexpensive, prepared...

Good-Bye Plastic To-Go Bags

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...

Trip to the Desert Reveals Food Desert

Recently my husband and I took a get away to Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.  For years I wanted to see the desert wildflowers in March.  With all the late rain this year, I was sure the desert would be a blaze with yellow, blue, pink flowers.  We packed up the...

Food As Medicine

Charlie Hong Kong takes the point of view, “Food is Medicine”.  We believe you are what you eat.  What you choose to put in your body matters.; matters for your health and well being as well as for the planet.  Many of the ingredients in our recipes are...

Charlie Hong Kong Attends EcoFarm Conference

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...

Good News for Gluten Sensitive

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...

Charlie Hong Kong is Open Again

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...

Charlie Hong Kong, Santa Cruz, Closes for Holidays

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...

Thai Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

My favorite for the past few weeks has been a cup of the  yummy Thai Coconut Butternut Squash Soup along with a Vietnamese Tofu Sandwich.  I actually crave the new bread and I have never been a sandwich person.  I even try to resist (old carb avoidance thing) but...