Food La La: Cheap eats at Itchy Butt
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”
When I sat down to write this blog post, quotes from “Romeo and Juliet” popped into my head. (Thanks to my ninth grade English literature teacher and Leonardo DiCaprio!)
What’s in a name? Sorry, still quoting. But this week I went to check out Itchy Butt, a new Korean takeout spot that specializes in tasty fried chicken despite the not-so-appetizing name. Thankfully, the name has nothing to do with the type of food they serve; owner Steve Kim’s 9-year-old niece suggested the name, so he just went with it.
Owners Steve Kim and Amy Eunyo.
Itchy Butt has a selection of smoothies, Korean-style lunch bowls and lots of fried chicken. This is their refreshing latte smoothie ($3.99).
One of my favorite things to eat is black bean noodles (called jajangmyeon in Korean), so I had to order some. It was just $5, and all lunch bowls come with a beverage.
This bowl came with rice, not noodles, but I was craving the savory sauce with pieces of pork and potato. It is also served with an egg on top.
This is the Donkatsu curry rice bowl for $6. The curry has a nice spice to it.
I didn’t try this but a nice customer let me take a picture of his bulgogi rice bowl ($6).
The main star of course is their chicken! Their dinner menu has an array of choices – garlic, spicy, shoyu, geen onion, etc. — but my friends and I tried the lunch special that included Korean-style fried chicken, super crispy potato wedges, salad, daikon, and three kinds of sauces (ranch, rosemary and wasabi).
It’s $11 for a half-chicken, which is about 11-12 pieces. It also comes with a beverage. The chicken is deliciously fried with a tangy spicy sauce. The chicken is already perfect without dipping it into the sauce. The potato wedges are great with the wasabi sauce.
I will definitely come back again for more chicken!
Itchy Butt is located at 1229 Keeaumoku St. They are open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Call (808) 942-4845 to place your order in advance so you won’t have to wait when picking it up.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.