Oodles of noodles await you

A La Carte Columns

October 23, 2016

Story By: Kelli Shiroma |

New Shilawon's Korean fare caters to comfort-food cravings.

New Shilawon’s Korean fare caters to comfort-food cravings.

As the cooler months settle in, customers can warm up and enjoy comfort food at New Shilawon Korean Restaurant. According to general manager Jandy Lee, the eatery’s November-December special will be Spicy Noodle & Kalbi Soup ($13.95 lunch, $14.95 dinner).

“We have a Korean dish called kal kook soo, which is handmade noodles in a clear broth,” Lee says. “We wanted to do something different (with this special), so we’re going to do a spicy version. Instead of using our regular clear broth, we’re going with our kalbi broth. The broth is spicy and it’s going to be red; it’s going to look similar to a beef vegetable soup.”

This is the first time New Shilawon will be having this particular special, Lee says, and it’s a perfect dish to suit cooler weather.

“Everybody loves noodles; I think noodles are a comfort food,” she shares. “We have a lot of customers coming here for the kal kook soo, but sometimes, they ask for a spicy sauce. Instead of offering it on the side, we decided to have (a spicy version) on the menu.

Spicy Noodle & Kalbi Soup ($13.95 lunch, $14.95 dinner) ANTHONY CONSILLIO PHOTOS

Spicy Noodle & Kalbi Soup ($13.95 lunch, $14.95 dinner) ANTHONY CONSILLIO PHOTOS

“We’re going to do two versions (of this dish),” Lee adds. “If you don’t like noodles, we’ll also have a spicy rice cake option.”

New Shilawon has been operated by Lee’s family for the past two years, but she says that many customers are unaware of the parking options for the restaurant.

“We make our third year in December,” Lee confirms. “We have a parking structure in the same building, but downstairs. Just go down the ramp and it’s going to be on the left, where we have 13-16 stalls. Street parking is also available, and we have free valet on weekends.”

New Shilawon Korean Restaurant

747 Amana St., Honolulu
Sunday-Thursday,11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight
Parking lot under building; Free valet Friday-Sunday

Honolulu, HI 96814

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