Jagalchi – Honolulu, HI

Have I really never done a full post on Jagalchi? I can’t believe this. This place has been my go-to Korean restaurant for years. Anytime I get a hankering for some good hot soup, jun or now…bossam, this place is IT. So glad it is still open and survived the pandemic, I can’t lose this place. Can I tell a funny story? A few years back, came to eat with a few friends and there was a car blocking our car in the parking lot. At the end of the lot is a place with no windows and is just completely closed out to the public…us geniuses decided to walk in there to ask if they had one car double parked out there. Uhhh I am pretty sure I walked into a place that is illegal and am lucky I was not hurt cause everyone in the room stopped, turned and looked at us. Lesson is, don’t go into that place at the end of the building. Onto the food!

Complimentary Banchan

Hot Shredded Beef Soup (Yukgaejang) | $10.49 (Brunch price, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM)

All soups come with the banchan (shared) and your own bowl of purple rice (in those neat metal bowls with lids). My friend ordered hers mild and she believed they actually complied this time. In the past she would order mild but was still spicy.

Korean Sausage Soup (Soondaeguk) | $11.49 (Brunch price, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM)

This is my go-to soup. I love this soup. I think the title might be misleading for folks who don’t know but it’s actually blood sausage. They also throw in all kinds of intestines into this soup, really good and hearty. I would recommend this!

Bossam (Steamed Pork with Oyster) | $37.00

OH MY GOD. Okay, I am convinced they have a new cook in the kitchen. New owners? I don’t know. But this is the best bossam they have served up. They definitely cooked the pork differently this time, it used to be like almost bleached white color but now they have boiled it in seasoning! I’ve seen recipes for this where they make it with all kind good seasonings and like instant coffee to give it this beautiful brown color. The mixture in the middle, now that is a huge star of the show. It’s not just kimchee, it’s a mixture of like onions, radish, carrots just swimming in their spicy sauce…and yes fresh oysters on top. Get the wonbok leaves to wrap the pork in with whatever toppings you want. Yes, not a healthy dish (look at the glistening meat) but is soooo good, get it and share with friends! Highly recommend.

6 responses to “Jagalchi – Honolulu, HI

  1. vickinags

    wow, the price on the bossam really went up since I last bought it! And yah, it looks different too.
    I will buy that for my happy hour tomorrow 🙂 but I also like to get lettuce and sesame leaves as additional protection against that “glistening meat” (as you nicely describe F!A!T!) LOL
    I also love their tofu juhn. It also glistens. LOL

    • Jenny

      Yah! And they got rid of the half order too so you gotta shell out for the full order!! I keep forgetting that you get lettuce and sesame leaves on the side too. I wanted to do an office order and if we order here, I should do the same thing!

      LOL, you think we can get away with calling the fat…collagen? No yeah? It’s still worth it. If it doesn’t glisten, it’s not worth the calories.

  2. kat

    didn’t know about this place or the scary room either…more places to put on my list:) and not the scary one

    • Jenny

      lol I’m glad I could educate someone on the scary room…though I am sure everyone else would have realized what it was way before I did.

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