Best Korean Plate Lunch Places in Oahu

Korean plate lunch is a whole different genre by itself.

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Korean Plate Lunches are a Plate Lunch Subculture

Plate lunches are everywhere in Hawaii and a lot of these places will have a delicious meal ready for you. But there’s only a small handful that surpass the bar of excellency in my book. Here are my absolute top favorites that I’ve been visiting my whole life over and over again!

Palama Supermarket

Go inside this Korean grocery and into their tiny food court’s main counter. These Korean ladies know how to do their plate lunches. I recommend the chicken katsu, tofu soup and cold noodle soup (for those extra hot days!). There are a few other Palama Supermarkets on Oahu, but my personal favorite is the Honolulu branch, which sits in the middle of Oahu’s unofficial “Korea” Town.

Palama Supermarket
1670 Makaloa St.

Kimchee 7

Fantastic menu and HUGE servings. You’ll leave stuffed along with some leftovers. There’s always a line here, so get here before 6 PM for a short wait time. There are other Kimchee restaurants on the island, but I’ve had the best experiences at Kimchee 7 and Kimchee 3.

Kimchee 7
98-150 Kaonohi St. Ste. B112

Best Drive-In at Sand Island

One of the best places to get a plate lunch and extremely popular among Sand Island workers. Parking can be tricky, but just be patient – the turnover for parking is usually very quick.

Local Tip: Take your lunch to Sand Island Beach Park, at the end of the road. It’s a large park with a great view of the harbor and Waikiki depending on where you are. This is more of a local spot and tourists rarely end up here since the only attraction in this area is this park.

Best Drive-In
111 Sand Island Access Rd. #19

Honorable Mentions

Gina’s Barbeque:  Located in Market City Shopping Center in Kaimuki, come here if you’re starving and want to stuff yourself to the brim.

Young’s Kalbee:  Plenty of ono food to fill your stomach and bring home for leftovers. Have you noticed yet that we locals love our portions?

Local Tip: They’ve got one of the best meat jun recipes I’ve ever tasted. Think thin slices of beef covered in delicious egg batter topped with a lovely dipping sauce.

Papa Ole’s Kitchen:  Way out in Hauula so if you’re driving in that direction during lunch time, get ready for a delicious meal. Save this spot for when you’re doing a circle island tour around Oahu.

Amy eating a forkful of laulau from the side of the road.

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