Ducky’s Korean BBQ

In our family, we have our very own Miss Aloha Korea: my sister in law (#4). A second generation Korean American girl from Los Angeles, this ambassador loves to share her passion for Korean food and culture, and has taught me pretty much everything I know about it. Ducky’s is the restaurant of choice for her and her husband (aka my husband’s brother) and we’ve shared many meals, shots of soju, and funny childhood stories of “the boyz” there. The owners have even taken her in as their adopted daughter of sorts.

Located in beautiful Manoa Valley, Ducky’s has an unassuming exterior (there are no visible signs from the street) and an open air interior that reminds you of dining in a garage at someone’s home. The simple menu consists of various yakiniku meats, and like any Korean eatery, everything is served with an assortment of side dishes. Also, don’t forget to bring your own soju – the restaurant is B.Y.O.B.

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We had the Ducky’s Special ($85.99 feeds 4-6 people) that includes:

  • Pork Belly or Kal Bi
  • Assorted “leaves” for wrapping
  • Assorted Side Dishes
  • Soybean Paste Soup
  • Spicy Sea Bass Soup, Monk Fish Soup, or Spicy Octopus (which we substituted for Kimchi Jigae)

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Ducky's - Kimchi Jigae

Ducky's - Kimchi Jigae

We also enjoyed Kimchi Jun, a spicy pancake.

Ducky's - Kimchi Jun

Ducky's - Kimchi Jun

My favorite thing about Ducky’s is the huge assortment of fresh lettuces and various leafy vegetables they bring you to wrap your meat. Their basket of veggies includes not only lettuce but wonderful aromatic herbs and leaves I’ve never even seen or tasted before. They are so fresh I swear they were picked from a garden just before arriving at the table.

Ducky's - "Leaves"

Ducky's - "Leaves"

Korean yakiniku is all about wrapping whatever you like (meat, rice, kimchi, grilled garlic, etc.) in lettuce and seasoning it with your choice of ssamjang  (soybean paste) or sesame oil and salt. I think this is the secret to keeping a meal of fat-dripping BBQ meat healthy: to take a small piece of meat and wrap it with lots of vegetables so you’re eating more vegetables than meat.

Here’s some pork belly wrapped in a mystery leaf with ssamjang…

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And wash that down with some drinks… (Tonight we had Korean soju and an assortment of exotic beers).

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Jal meogeotseumnida-!

OVERALL: GOOD
PRICE RANGE:Family style, $17.99-$37.99 for yakiniku meats, $9.99-$29.99 for soups and stews (serves 2-3)
MY BILL: $20.00
RETURNING?: Yes

Ducky’s Korean BBQ
B.Y.O.B
(Past Manoa Marketplace, in the same strip mall as Bangkok Chef)
2955 E. Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
808.988.9809
Mon-Sat 10:00a-10:00p
Sun 3:00p-10:00p

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6 Responses to “Ducky’s Korean BBQ”


  1. 1 papamonkey in Tokyo April 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I love Korean food, too. Let’s go to Ducky’s next time together.

  2. 2 sachiko April 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    cheap!

    i pretty much only know how to eat yakiniku, japanese style.

    dakara omoshiroi!

  3. 3 Kristen April 25, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    oooh thanks for the review! One of the editors at the HA asked me to do a blog on this place awhile ago and I never got around to doing it. Now I’m inspired… could I link up to your blog?

  4. 4 honolulueats April 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Papa Monkey: OK, next time we’ll go there.

    Kristen: Absolutely! I would be honored. Look forward to reading your review!

  5. 5 Swimmers Rule!! April 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    mmmmm! Yeah, this place is always awesome! I like the fact that whenever we go, we have a lot of food!

  6. 6 sil4 May 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    i LOVE this post! the only thing better than korean food and culture is family and friends enjoying korean food and culture with me!!! i AM miss aloha korea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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