Palama Market

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Korean plate lunch time!!! :D

Meat Jun and Kalbi Combo ($7.50). Big enough to feed two! That’s a ton of meat jun on the left and kalbi on the right. Did you know meat jun (and fish jun) is a “Hawai’i thing”? Apparently it doesn’t exist anywhere else.

Look at that meat jun…makes me positively giddy!

The plate comes with four pieces fried mandoo…

…kimchee (Palama’s kimchee is just so-so)…

…and super mayo’ed mac salad, tofu, bean sprouts, and a green vegetable. I can’t remember the name of the vegetable – will ask my mom. Boy, this place is super bargain. Usually I get the Bi Bim Kook Soo plate ($5.50), but I was in a particularly meaty mood. Plus, it’s been a million years since my last mac salad!

2008 Palama Market post

Palama Market

1670 Makaloa Street

(808) 447-7705

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814

12 Comments
  • anonymous
    December 19, 2009

    uhhh i don't think meat jun is just a HI thing. i see it everywhere here in L.A.

  • David
    December 19, 2009

    Love your blog! That plate looks like such a great deal compared to what you can get in New York.But yes, meat and fish jun is everywhere Korean food can be found :PThat particular type of meat jeon is pretty uncommon though; it looks like a single slice of meat battered in egg. Usually it's made of ground and seasoned meat.

  • shann
    December 19, 2009

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeon_(food)obviously originally korean in concept, but i think the particular nuances of the hawaii version differ from traditional korean versions, (in makings and taste) like using teri beef for the inside instead of shredded or ground meat. so, yes and no i guess.it's like most other imports to hawaii which look similar to versions that exist where they came from but aren't exactly da same kine ting.an' den dey get em in cali cause get plenny kids who miss dat kine stuff ova dea.lie me…ova hea.

  • anonymous
    December 19, 2009

    Vegetable might be choi sum…

  • anonymous
    December 19, 2009

    So excited to return there – two weeks to go! I had the fish jun last time – and those popping crackers!!!

  • Miss Needle
    December 19, 2009

    Hi Kathy! Fellow NYer who will also be in Hawaii in a few days. Your blog has been helpful in planning my trip.Yeah, there is meat and fish jun to be found on the mainland. If you go to Korean markets or a place like Woo Ri Jip on 32nd Street, they should have it. The meat one will be different as David pointed out is made with ground meat. And as I've never had the fish jun in Hawaii, the ones I've seen aren't marinated in yang nyum but just simply seasoned with salt, dipped in flour and egg and pan-fried.

  • Kelly
    December 19, 2009

    Aw, I thought this was in NY and got all excited! Oh well, I'll make it out to Hawaii one day!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 20, 2009

    Thanks for the replies/corrections everyone! :) I've seen things similar to meat jun in NYC and LA, but never encountered the "real" things…will look harder next time!! ^_^

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 20, 2009

    Hi Miss Needle!Enjoy your Hawai'i trip! I've been following your posts on the Manhattan board on Chowhound – you've been incredibly helpful as well! :)

  • anonymous
    December 22, 2009

    You're a prime candidate for diabetes.

  • anonymous
    December 23, 2009

    im drooling!!! well-earned diabetes!

  • anonymous
    February 4, 2010

    Actually, depending on the region, some meat jeons in korea are made with regular slice of meat rather than ground or shredded meat. Where my father's family is from, that's how the meat jeon is prepared. And from what I've seen, the fish jun isn't prepared any differently.

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