New Sauce and Dishes Unveiled

Columns Foodie Fare

April 8, 2013

Story By: Christina O Connor |

Walking into Million Restaurant feels a lot like walking into a friend’s dining room for a casual dinner get-together. With its cozy dining room filled with spacious booths and a friendly staff, Million certainly is a relaxing place to enjoy a tasty traditional Korean meal.

Among its most popular menu options is the yakiniku – which includes about a dozen selections to choose from. As far as yakiniku goes, Bul Go Gi ($23.95) has been a favorite for
many customers. The dish recently has undergone a tasty tweak.

“We are making it with a different sauce,” Million manager Diana Paik explains. “It is a special sauce that is popular in Korea. In Korea, there is a barbecue place that is really, really famous for its sauce.”

Here at Million, Paik says, they have used this well-known sauce as an inspiration to create their own similar sauce. And so far, it has been a hit.

Kal Bi ($26.95) is another yakiniku offering that also is served with the new sauce.

“Customers have been coming just to try the sauce,” Paik says.

Another tasty yakiniku item is Ahn Chang Beef Outside Skirts ($26.95).

The chefs at Million Restaurant must have been particularly inspired recently, as the last few weeks have been all about changes for the eatery. In addition to unveiling the new sauce, the restaurant also has introduced a new combo plate – Meat Jun and Teriyaki Chicken Plate ($14.95). This is the first time that Million has offered teriyaki chicken, and customers have been loving the combo plate so far. The meal also is served with seaweed soup and rice.

Another recent menu addition is Spicy Chicken Feet ($15.95).

There is only one way to see what else Million has been cooking up and to try some of these new flavors – stop by the Sheridan Street restaurant during its new hours: Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., and Sunday, 5-11 p.m.

On the Side

Million Restaurant has been a go-to spot for Korean eats since 1989.

With its friendly staff and welcoming dining room, the restaurant seems to exude a family-like atmosphere. And there is a good reason for that: The five siblings of the Paik family run the establishment.

Million Restaurant manager Diana Paik explains that she and her three sisters and brother are originally from Korea. Diana was the first of the siblings to come to the Islands about 30 years ago.

Eventually, all of the siblings were reunited in Hawaii – and now all work at the restaurant.

Along with the friendly atmosphere that this tight-knit family has cultivated, their cohesiveness also is responsible for the food at Million. The Paik’s family recipes make up much of the menu. Boasting authentic, traditional Korean cuisine, Million Restaurant often draws inspiration from the Paiks’ trips back home to Korea.

Million Restaurant

626 Sheridan St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday: 5-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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