Food La La: Pearl’s introduces new menu items

Mar. 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Pearl’s Korean BBQ is known for their tasty plate lunches made with fresh and high quality ingredients at affordable prices. They have four locations on Oahu: Pearlridge, Kahala Mall, Ewa Beach, and their newest location at Ward Centre. I was at the Ward location next to Kua’aina on Wednesday to try some of Pearl’s brand new menu items along with a few customer favorites.

The menu board at Pearl’s Korean BBQ.

The menu board at Pearl's Korean BBQ.

Some of the side dishes at Pearl’s Korean BBQ.

Some of the side dishes at Pearl's Korean BBQ.

This is one their new creations, which I think will be a big hit. It’s a fusion of bibimbap and loco moco, aptly named the… wait for it… bibimbap loco moco ($9.99)! I’ve always envisioned in my many dreams about food that this combination would be great together, and turns out it really is!

The spicy and sweet homemade gochujang offsets the heaviness of the gravy. The flavorful hamburger patties are handmade and made fresh daily; this dish is great if you want to indulge in a loco moco but still want your daily dose of vegetables at the same time.

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Of course, if you’re a traditionalist you can always get the original loco moco ($9.49) here as well.

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Another new menu item is the garlic shrimp ($11.99) which was crispy and, yes, quite garlicky! It came with a choice of four side dishes. The new items are currently only available at the Ward restaurant, but might be available at the other locations in the future if demand is high.

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I tried a sample of two popular menu items, Pearl’s spicy chicken and garlic chicken. The garlic chicken is your typical yummy fried chicken with just the right touch of garlic flavor. It’s not overpowering, but definitely not subtle.

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I really liked the spicy chicken. It’s similar to the tender pieces of BBQ chicken from Yummy’s BBQ, which is what I always order when I eat there. At Pearl’s, however, there is an added spicy layer of flavor from the gochujang. 

Interesting fact: Mike and Jim Hickey’s (the owners of Pearl’s Korean BBQ) uncle owns Yummy’s, Church’s Chicken, and Chow Mein Express. So fast, convenient, and affordable food runs in the family!
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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