Yakiniku With A Fun TwistA La Carte Columns
May 7, 2017
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: Elima Pangorang
For a different take on the yakiniku trend that has swept through the Islands, Korean restaurant Seoul Garden gives diners an added bonus with its yakiniku-meets-shabu-shabu deal.
Stomachs rejoice as servers attach a golden device to each pot that allows a grill to sit above the simmering broth below, just like a rock peaking out of the ocean’s surface. Throw the meats and vegetables atop the fired-up grill and mouths will water while watching the juices and sauces drip down into the soup, flavoring each sip.
As a side, Steamed KalBi Soup ($15.95) — thick, tender cubes of short rib, carrots and potatoes that come out steaming in a hot stone bowl — gives diners the royal treatment, seeing as owner Yun Hee Im says the same dish is made for Korea’s royal family.
Conveniently located on Kapiolani Boulevard, Seoul Garden is the perfect place for a fun night out or even a sweet, midweek lunch.
SOUP MEETS GRILL
Say annyeonghaseyo (hello) to Beef and Octopus Pot Stew ($49.95), a popular menu item with rice noodles and an array of vegetables — enoki mushrooms, green and white onion and carrots. Fry or boil these delicious items in Seoul Garden’s unique 2-in-1 cooking station, a grill within a soup pot, to taste the best of both worlds. The marinated beef plus the octopus is a flavor combination that will keep your appetite reaching for more.
Seoul Garden Yakiniku
1679 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Daily, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.