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Bulgogi and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps (both $9.99; only for lunch takeout)
It may be hidden from the main streets in Honolulu, but diners still find their way to beloved and trusted New Shilawon Korean Restaurant to satisfy their Korean-barbecue cravings.
The eatery’s all-you-caneat sets ($34.95 for Set A; $29.95 for Set B) are unbeatable in taste and price, and include top-quality meats and sides of delicious homemade banchan.
General manager Jandy Lee, whose parents are the chefs and owners of New Shilawon, notes that the restaurant hosts a lot of locals who continue to come back because of the quality of the food and service provided.
The family business took over the long-standing establishment (formerly Shillawon Korean Restaurant) back in December 2014, with Lee’s father handpicking the eatery’s select meat fresh each week and Lee’s mother preparing each banchan dish for customers to devour.
New Shilawon also has multiple private rooms for special occasions and intimate gatherings, and it offers a small corkage fee for adult beverages brought in from outside of the restaurant.
THE PERFECT MIDDAY MEAL
For lunch on-the-go, New Shilawon Korean Restaurant — located on Amana Street — offers a few light selections, including two new items: Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps and Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps (only offered for takeout during lunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Both are $9.99 and come with nine wraps. They feature a green — the bulgogi is served with classic lettuce, while the spicy pork uses sesame leaves (different from shiso) — and a scoop of rice in each individual wrap that has been seasoned with a little bit of sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt. The bulgogi and spicy pork (not too spicy) are both cut fresh and specially marinated. The wraps also come with a cup of house soup.
They are great options for diners who want the taste of New Shilawon’s Korean barbecue but don’t have the time during the work day to cook it themselves.