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Food La La: Taste of Korea

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

I attended the first Taste of Korea fundraiser on Monday. It was a night filled with tons of entertainment and, of course, delicious Korean food and drinks.

All of the proceeds from this year’s event will go towards building a Korean Cultural Center in Hawaii to showcase the history and culture of Korea along with the first immigrants who came to Hawaii in 1903. The plans for the Korean Cultural Center include a museum, community meeting rooms, banquet hall and a Korean-themed park.

It can’t be a Korean event without kimchi!

A variety of rice cakes for dessert.

Pajun with chives.

Multigrain rice.

There was lots of Korean alcohol — soju, makkoli and Korean wine!

Chilled Farmers Noodles with market vegetables, sambal, and cold tomato dashi by The Pig and The Lady was one of the more popular dishes of the night. A twist on the Korean cold noodle dish, Naeng Myun, it was refreshing and had lots of crispy bits of garlic chips in it.

This is Jap Chae, stir-fried sweet potato noodles with vegetables and tender Kalbi Jjim (braised beef short ribs) by Sorabol.

Jap Chae.

Kalbi Jjim.

Seoul Jung Restaurant served Ge Sal Mal Yi (tender crab meat rolls) and Sae Woo Gang Jeong (spicy and sweet fried shrimp) with a mustard based sauce. Seoul Jung is having Thanksgiving Buffet Brunch on Nov. 27 with prime rib, Korean-style turkey, bibimbap, kalibi and more. The price is $39 for adults and $19 for children 5 to 12 years old. Seoul Jung is located in the Waikiki Resort Hotel.

Crab meat rolls.

My favorite dishes of the night were from Lucky Belly. I loved their roasted pepper lobster mandoo topped with gochujang coulis and pumpkin jook with lemongrass turkey and cranberry.  The jook reminded me of Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, all in one dish!

Roasted pepper lobster mandoo topped with gochujang coulis.

Pumpkin jook with lemongrass turkey and cranberry.

I can’t wait until the Korean Cultural Center opens in Hawaii! If they have Korean language classes, I’ll be there every day!


Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at

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