Dining Spot Gets Personal

A La Carte Columns

September 18, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio |

Kimchee Bean Curd Stew ($10.95 Caitlin Basilio photo

Kimchee Bean Curd Stew ($10.95
Caitlin Basilio photo

Authenticity and friendly service are what diners will find at New Shilawon Korean Restaurant. The eatery became “new” after the Lee family took over in December 2014. Today, New Shilawon is most loved for its all-you-can-eat yakiniku and shabu shabu. “We’re the only Korean restaurant that does all-you-can-eat shabu shabu,” confirms general manager Jandy Lee.

To uphold this excellent reputation, the Lee family keeps customers happy with their authentic Korean dishes and the thoughtfulness they put into their menu items.

For example, every meal comes with a variety of side dishes called banchan. Instead of giving patrons the same sides with every meal, Lee’s mother and co-owner Jae-Keun Lee chooses sides that match the flavors of each dish. She also makes the banchan fresh daily and sometimes presents specials such as tofu steak or soy-sauce beef.


Things are getting cozy at New Shilawon Korean Restaurant. Throughout the month of September, warm up with a traditional bowl of Kimchee Bean Curd Stew ($10.95). According to general manager Jandy Lee, this dish will remind customers of Mom’s home cooking. This sizzling stew is made with kimchee, pork and fresh bean curd, and features green onions and jalapenos for an extra kick. The stew comes with rice and 5-6 banchan, of course, which may include bean sprouts, seaweed, kimchee, broccoli, potato salad and fishcake.

New Shilawon Korean Restaurant

747 Amana St., Honolulu
Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight

Honolulu, HI 96814

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