Dowon Chinese Restaurant – Honolulu, HI

This past week has been a week of eating out. School is out and parking has been much better so I’m more inclined to venture off-campus to grab lunch. I’ve got quite a bit of posts coming up, I’ll slowly try to get them going. Still resting, work has not gotten much slower so I haven’t had a lot of time to rest. My plan this weekend is to clean, rest and eat (duh).

New restaurant alert! Dowon replaced the former Jong Ga Korean Restaurant and I was very excited to give them a try. Another Chinese (Korean style) restaurant with jajangmyun (black bean noodles) for me to try! There are two on the island that offer good options and I believe this is the third. As I walked in and dined there, the restaurant was filled with Koreans. That’s a good sign. So how was the food? Very good! The black bean noodle sauce they have here is much milder but I enjoyed it. Their black bean sauce is also more watery which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but if you want at thicker sauce, just get the other one – I want to say it’s called kanjangmyun but I probably butchered that. It’s just like jajangmyun but with a thicker/saltier sauce.

Let’s get to the pictures!

150524-01Yes, it’s a Korean style Chinese Restaurant. Usually it’s easy to tell these restaurants because they usually characterize their places as Northern Chinese Restaurants. But fear not, this is it!

150524-02The three normal sides dishes for jajangmyun. From top to bottom: sliced raw yellow onions with black bean paste, pickled daikon (takuan) and nicely soured kimchee. The raw onion with black bean paste is commonly served with the jajangmyun, I don’t get why people enjoy this. But I did eat it and of course I had raw onion breath all afternoon. It’s an interesting side dish.






Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork). You can get this with beef or pork, we decided to go traditional with the pork. This is the entree people usually order with black bean noodles. I think it’s a great entree to get because the noodles are in such a dark and rich sauce, the sweet and sour pork really help to cut into the richness of the meal. You never know what kind of pieces you will get with deep fried meat but this was wonderful. The sauce was definitely more sweet than sour and the pieces were crispy and light, the meat was tender and delicious! I would recommend this!

150524-08Jajangmyun! So delicious. Sorry I don’t have more pictures of this because I basically scarfed it down after this picture was taken. The noodles were cooked perfectly, the sauce was mild but not bland. I’m excited to give this place a try again, I’d like to try the jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle) next time too. They may want to rework their menu, the noodles are on page 1 and it’s only in Korean or Chinese. The rest of the menu has English with it. Also, when you order the jajangmyun – they will ask you if you want regular or seafood. I just go with regular because it’s cheaper and really…what difference will I taste under all this sauce? That’s just me.

2 responses to “Dowon Chinese Restaurant – Honolulu, HI

  1. Ooooooh. I really have to try this place – I had homemade black noodles at a party once and LOVED it. Tried Pioneer Salon’s version, and it was just noodles and so-so. After watching Korean drama’s “Couple in Trouble”, I want to eat jarjarmin even more!

    If you like crispy fried chicken wings, I like the ones at Maple Garden – at their lunch buffet. I used to like the salt and pepper chicken wings from Mu Kwai in Kaneohe but it went up in price and down in crispiness, imo.

    Thanks much for your reviews. They make my mouth water and my stomach happy when I do try out your top rated places.

    • Jenny

      Hey Honolulu Aunty! Yes, I hope you get to try it! And Pioneer Salon makes it too? How interesting! I’d be curious to try it. I have a post coming up on these noodles, I made them at home!

      I went to an event at Maple Garden and yes, their chicken is delicious! I hope you get to try Dowon soon! I’d love to hear your feedback!

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