And as we’ve recently acquired a nerd correspondent permanently based in Hawaii…
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of K-Drama a.k.a. ‘the Young and Restless’ for Asians on television. It’s from these shows that I’ve learned many helpful Korean phrases such as “Sarang hae” (I love you); “Ige eolmayeyo?” (How much is this?); and “Nae hoebuhkeurapeuteuneun changuhro kadeuk cha isseyo” (My hovercraft is full of eels). You know, useful phrases that I can more or less incorporate into my everyday life.
Although I love being Japanese, lately I’ve asked myself, “Self, how else can you become more Korean? How can you make your pretend ancestors proud?” And then it hit me like a steaming bowl of bibimbap…to become Korean, I must eat as the Koreans do!
Which brings me to my review of Yuchun Korean Restaurant…
To be honest, I walked into the restaurant apprehensive of two things:
#1 Eating noodles that were black.
#2 Eating noodles that were black, in soup that was ice-cold.
Yobo (sweetheart) and I ordered “Set A” ($30) off the menu which included (2) bowls of Naengmyoen (which is a dish made up of black arrowroot noodles, topped with a boiled egg, thinly-sliced meat, daikon/veggies, in a savory ice-cold soup) and a sizzling plate of Kalbi (Korean BBQ shortribs). I ordered the spicy noodle bowl, while Yobo decided to try the regular bowl.
First they brought out some Korean side dishes to share and gave me a small bowl of cold soup. For a while, I could only stare at this bowl of frosty broth in wonder. But before I could ask what happened to the noodles, the waitress brought out the rest of our meal. Apparently, when you order the “spicy” Naengmyoen, they give you the soup on the side.
So we ate. And OM-Go Seok Bin (a character from my favorite show), everything was delicious!! Of course, my Japanese taste buds also made me order an obligatory bowl of bap (rice) to eat with the kalbi, but other than that my meal at Yuchun was pure perfection. The food tasted as though it was cooked from the heart, and I know this because Koreans got Seoul!! LOL, we will definitely be eating here again!
P.S. You’re welcome.
Yuchun Korean Restaurant
1159 Kapiolani BlvdHonolulu, HI 96814