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Richo's New Spicy Hot Pot
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Richo’s New Spicy Hot Pot

By Dining Out Team Photos By Leah Friel
February 13 - 19, 2011

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Guests are greeted to a sleek, modern interior at Richo Korean Cuisine on Waialae Avenue, but it’s the traditional and tantalizing Korean dishes with a bit of Japanese fare that has customers opening both their mouths and wallets.

  • The Chiritori Nabe hot pot comes with toppings such as beef, pork and seafood.
  • Floor manager Ayako Hanzawa, at left, with executive chef Masato Tsuji.
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Owner Takeshi Urushido started service back in August of 2008, and the restaurant now boasts a menu the includes kalbi, chijimi (Korean pancakes), Richo chicken and Garlic Shoyu Chicken.

However, now executive chef Masato Tsuji has added Chiritori Nabe to the list to entice the palates of many. A specialty of Osaka, Japan, this spicy kim chee hot pot wows patrons with its fresh vegetable soup base and array of toppings, including thin slices of beef, pork, seafood or beef intestine. One order ($12.80) feeds a party of two, although additional toppings come with added cost.

“Koreans who lived in Japan a while ago created this dish, but I think we’re the only restaurant in Hawaii to offer it so far,” says floor manager Ayako Hanzawa. “It’s a very healthy dish and it can definitely clear your sinuses. The majority of customers also like to eat chiritori nabe with ramen or rice.”

Richo Korean Cuisine

  • Where
    • 3008 Waialae Avenue
    • Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Call
    • (808) 734-2222
  • Hours
    • 5:30 p.m. – midnight
    • Tuesday – Saturday (last call 11 p.m.)
    • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Sunday (last call 9:30 p.m.)
  • Notes
    • Reservations are recommended.