Helen Wong standing in her restaurant, Hai Hong. (Michael Wenye Li / Sun Senior Photographer)

Hai Hong: The Steamboat to Freedom

The entrance to the Collegetown favorite is recognizable by its yellow signage. Customers pass through its black doors into the eatery, arriving at wooden tables that stare into the restaurant’s open kitchen. A side wall divides the restaurant into two dining rooms co-serving Cantonese-influenced cuisine and Vietnamese specialties, and frequent patrons to the restaurant cross-order dishes from the two menus. The sidewalls are simply decorated with a Southeast Asian influence, exemplified by the woven bamboo patterns and the floor’s turmeric colored tiles. Here, owner Helen Wong serves a variety of authentic Vietnamese specialties created from her memories. Helen had left her home country of Vietnam to come to Ithaca as a refugee in 1979.

Karly Krasnow / Sun Staff Photographer

Deliver Us to the Promised Food: Takeout Tips

As sleep-deprived and burned out as you may be, getting food delivery is always a good idea as you struggle to get your butt off the cozy bed or a cubicle in Uris Library. Don’t know what to order? Lucky for you, I went out and interviewed some food delivery connoisseurs (a.k.a. my friends who are too lazy to go grocery shopping or miss their house chefs on Friday nights) to present you this Lazy Student’s Guide to Food Delivery in Ithaca.