New Shilawon Korean Restaurant

Digest Step Up to the Plate

August 20, 2017

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: BULGOGI: COOKED AT THE TABLE ($46.99, MINIMUM TWO PEOPLE)

New Shilawon Korean Restaurant’s general manager, Jandy Lee, offered a history lesson for Dining Out during a recent visit, which included the discovery of a stunning copper instrument the eatery uses to cook its traditional bulgogi — a hidden gem on the menu and the Korean king’s favorite, according to Lee.

Well, if it’s good enough for the king, it’s definitely good enough for the patrons who continue to dine at the beloved Korean restaurant.

Lee’s family runs the Amana Street restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner every day. It offers all-you-can-eat yakiniku, as well as lunch and daily specials, including Kalbi Soup for $10.95 on Wednesdays, senior discounts on Tuesdays and military discounts daily with valid ID.

Dining Out also learned that although bulgogi is found at almost every Korean establishment, from upscale eateries to casual takeout spots, it has always been a refined dish in Korea reserved for holidays and special occasions — and the king, of course. (The local-favorite japchae also is considered a special-occasion dish in Korea.)

Traditional bulgogi is different from the yakiniku-style locals are used to, and is cooked and steamed using the porous copper griddle. Furthermore, bulgogi is classically served with a hearty broth, various fresh sides and rice.

New Shilawon Korean Restaurant

747 Amana St., Honolulu
944-8700
Open daily, 11 a.m.-midnight

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