Seoul Tofu House – Honolulu, HI

Seoul Tofu House opened a few months ago and I couldn’t help but salivate from the pictures I saw popping up on social media! I love myself a good soondubu…and a good Korean meal in general! This restaurant is located in Waikiki, right next door to the International Marketplace. I don’t think they have their own parking option. I parked at the International Marketplace and bought something from Mitsuwa to get parking validation. If you spend $10 at any store in the marketplace, you can get a validation for 1 hour free parking. Good deal! So how was the restaurant?

Look at this handy notch on the chairs! Why don’t all chairs have this??

Cucumber Salad | $3.50
sliced cucumbers tossed in a sesame oil dressing

I’m always excited to try smashed cucumbers at restaurants. This one was a thumbs down for me unfortunately. While I don’t expect complete marination since it’s a fresh cucumber dish – there was not enough seasoning in this dish. Maybe a bit more salt would have made it better.

Grilled Spicy Chicken with Cheese | $24.50 (bansang: complete meal)
juicy chicken thighs that are marinated in a fiery 
Housemade Gochujang paste. It is grilled, sauteed, and then served with onions and 
kabocha pumpkin, and then topped with mozzarella cheese and aonori

This dish was surprisingly delicious. While I like dishes like this, it’s not something I order usually. Well, this dish certainly changed my mind. Their sauce is delicious! Yes, a bit spicy (but not really to me) but it has a great sweetness to it too. Definitely a homemade sauce from the restaurant, I loved it. I would recommend it!

Grilled Short Rib Patties | $20.25 (bansang)
100% all natural local Kunoa Beef special blend patties that are seared, grilled, and then glazed in a unagi sauce. they are topped with dried jujube (red date) and crushed pine nuts.

Good dish! A definite winner with kids. I don’t know about the unagi sauce description, just tasted like a nice savory teriyaki-ish burger patties!

Marinated Grilled Short Ribs | $28.99 (bansang)
savory and grilled to perfection, these short ribs are marinated in a traditional Korean BBQ-style soy based sauce. it is served with sauteed onions, mushrooms, and roasted garlic

Look, can you ever go wrong with kalbi? Definitely not. Was it worth $29? Probably not, it did taste good though.

Seafood Soondubu | $13.99 (all soondubu are bansang)
soondubu is traditional spicy soft tofu soup. made with 24 hour beef broth served in a hot 
stone pot that is sure to warm the soul. filled with your favorite ingredients and topped with green onions, enoki mushrooms, and sliced chile

The grand finale, my dish!! They’re known for soondubu so of course I had to get it. And look at the cost! Only $14 for the full meal and it’s for the seafood one. They were pretty generous with the seafood too. The broth had a nice deep flavor, would definitely recommend it. The service was great when I went and the food came out fast. Give it a try!

2 responses to “Seoul Tofu House – Honolulu, HI

  1. kat

    all chairs need that notch!

  2. jalna

    Everything looks so good. The chicken with cheese dish surprised me.

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