Author: Grace Ryu

Tasting Moiliili's new burger joint

The new year has brought a new burger joint to Puck’s Alley where Greek Corner used to be. Moe Morrison of neighboring Study Hall opened Betty’s Burger Joint, a retro burger dive featuring smash burgers at retro prices. Burgers start…

Cool slurps: Ireh's emerald noodles in soy broth

The late-summer sun is scorching and the miserable humidity is pushing the heat index into the 90s. We're seeking relief in every available icy form. Our quest for cold noodles today brings us to Ireh Restaurant’s chilled green soy broth…

Cool slurps: Rinka's cold soba and sushi lunch

I will take any opportunity to eat at Rinka, especially its new sleek Ward location. I’ve tried almost the whole menu and whatever I order, it is always good, authentic and accessible Japanese food. I especially love their lunch specials.…

Cool slurps: Chilled tantan ramen at Wagaya

I wish I was one of those people who loses their appetite during hot weather. Instead, I need cold foods to satiate and infrigerate. The incessant heat of summer has sent me on a quest for cool slurps, this time…

Cool slurps: Salad udon at Jimbo Restaurant

Who else is over this heat? The oppressive blanket of perpetual humidity has this overheated mama on a quest to find refreshing cold noodles. Jimbo’s is my family’s go-to udon shop and for good reason. Their noodles are delicious and…

Kimcheese it: How to make kimcheese arancini

Kimcheese it! is a series where we celebrate everything kimchee and cheese. Dips, noodles, dumplings or nachos, we kimcheese it! Kimchee accompanies every Korean meal, adding probiotic benefits plus crunch, freshness, salt, spice and acid. Cheese brings in creaminess and…

O’Kims is doing Sunday brunch

O’Kims Korean Kitchen, a popular lunch spot at the edge of Chinatown, is now open Sundays for brunch. It's about yummy food and a chill space where you can hear your tablemates, and O'Kims takes reservations to boot — it's…

Kakaako has two new artisan sandwich shops

Sandwich lovers, you have two new reasons to head to Kakaako. HICraft Kitchen and Earl Kakaako have opened on Keawe Street within a two-minute walk of each other, both owned by East Coast natives with a crazy passion for making…

What I found at Costco: Herdez Guacamole Salsa

What: Herdez Guacamole SalsaWhere: Dry goods section of Costco Hawaii Kai and other supermarketsCost: $9.39 for a pack of three 23.6-ounce glass bottles Q: Can this SoCal favorite replace your favorite salsa? After years of living in southern California, especially…

O'Kims fusion Korean plates are now on Nuuanu Avenue

If you've missed the unique brand of Korean-inspired gourmet cuisine that used to be on Smith Street, O’Kims Korean Kitchen has reopened after a brief shuttering in a larger home on Nuuanu Avenue. And let's face it, O'Kims' old Chinatown…

The meaty feast you need at Momofuku Las Vegas

As a Korean-American foodie, I’ve been wanting to try the bo ssam from fellow Korean-American David Chang's Momofuku for years. I got my chance recently at Momofuku Las Vegas, and it did not disappoint! Momofuku is easily the most successful…

Cool slurps: Vietnamese-inspired pork vermicelli salad recipe

Summer might be technically over, but it’s still hot enough to crave some cool noods. This Vietnamese-inspired pork noodle recipe is my rendition of something I had at a friend's house. It’s light, bright and fills you up without weighing you down but…

What I found at Costco: sous vide pork belly

What I found at...is a series that tests and vets intriguing store-bought foodie finds. It’s the mainland and global parallel to KaSnack Attack!, our series reviewing made-in-Hawaii snacks. What: Sous vide pork bellyWhere: Refrigerated section at CostcoCost: $12.89 for two…

What I found at Costco: Beef bulgogi mandu

What I found at ... is a series that tests and vets intriguing store-bought foodie finds. It’s the mainland and global parallel to KaSnack attack!, our series reviewing made-in-Hawaii snacks. What: Bibigo beef bulgogi mandu Where: Frozen section at Costco Cost: $11.89…

What I found at Costco: 505 Southwestern street tacos

What I found at ... is a series that tests and vets intriguing store-bought foodie finds. It’s the mainland and global parallel to KaSnack attack!, our series reviewing made-in-Hawaii snacks. What: 505 Southwestern Street Tacos Where: Refrigerated section at Costco Cost: $8.89…

Iron Chef Morimoto just opened an izakaya in Waikiki

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto opened Momosan Waikiki at the Alohilani Resort across the street from Kuhio Beach Tuesday night, one floor below Morimoto Asia Waikiki. What's the difference? Momosan has ramen, yakitori and izakaya dishes, plus an outdoor beer garden…

KaSnack attack! 7-Eleven's new veggie bibimbap bowl

7-Eleven recently unveiled the newest addition to their fresh food section, their Bibimbap Hot Boost Bowl. This healthy veggie bibimbap has multigrain rice topped with edamame, kimchee, greens, deep-fried tofu, purple cabbage, gochuchang sauce, shredded carrots and scrambled egg. Microwave for…

#FrolicFoodPic: Pho + hoagie = the pho-tastic "Pho"ggie

The deep dive: La Tour Cafe's "pho”ggie is no regular hoagie. Like its name, the sandwich is quintessentially Asian American. Corporate chef Chris Gee wanted to make something that evoked what he grew up eating in Honolulu, but with a…

Chingu brings LA's K-Town to Kakaako

Chris Oh, the self-proclaimed unofficial mayor of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, just expanded his California restaurant empire to the Aloha State with Chingu in the former Cafe Maru space on Kapiolani Boulevard. If the name sounds familiar, Oh was on the…

Gorgeous photo tips from Hawaii foodstagrammers

Ever want to dive into your phone and devour dishes you see on Instagram? Ever try to replicate those pics, but to no avail? We asked some of Hawaii's top food Instagrammers to share their best tips to elevate your…