Dai Pai Dong is a free arcade-style flash game that takes several features from popular games such as Cake Mania and Cooking Mama and combines them in one simple title. You play the role of chef in a Hong Kong-style restaurant whose job is to cook and serve customers food as quickly as possible. Select the appropriate seafood from the right, then drop it over the fire to start it sizzling. Keep it from burning by clicking on it from time to time, and when it's ready to eat put it on a plate and drop it on the table. Then sit back and watch the money pile up!
Dai Pai Dong isn't nearly as fast-paced or challenging as other casual restaurant games out there, but its simplicity makes it quite enjoyable. By far the most difficult part of the game is cooking everything the right amount of time. It's surprisingly easy to burn the food, so keep your cursor moving and flip the food often. There are only three tables and five possible things to serve, so the game never gets too hectic.
When a dish is cooked to perfection, switch off the fire and drag it to the plate. Meals that are burned or undercooked cannot be served, so just toss them in the rubbish bin and get to work on a replacement. Discarded food costs you $100, so if you want a spot on the high score board, try not to burn anything! The faster you serve your customers the better they'll pay you and the more successful you'll become.
If you like restaurant-themed casual games (or just love seafood), Dai Pai Dong is a refreshingly easy-going entry into the genre.
Thanks go to Matty for sending this one in!