Itsu’s Kim Chi Burger & Loco Moco

Last month I went to Itsu’s and had one of the most onolicious plate lunches, so I had to come back to try their other goodies, especially their famous Kim Chi Burger. I also had to further investigate their loco moco, which they have a very “interesting” way of preparing!

First, the Kim Chi Burger ($1.50).

Kim Chi Burger Kim Burger Open

Looks good doesn’t it? I’ve never had anything much like it before and it was so delicious!

Here’s a closer look:
Itsu’s Closeup

The kim chi must’ve been homemade. It wasn’t the type of kim chi you would see at the stores and it tasted so fresh. It was drier, crispier, and the chili peppers tasted fresh with a nice kick. There was also a yellowy mayonnaise type of sauce smothered on the soft bun. Both the kim chi and the yellow sauce complimented the burger perfectly. The burger was a premade type of burger, but it was very tender, moist and tasty. I’m usually not a fan of this type of burger, but for some reason, this unique combination worked perfectly for my taste buds.

The loco moco ($2.50) was a bit of a different story. I was already uneasy about ordering one when my friend told me how they prepare it: they use a microwave to cook the egg! I guess since they don’t have a grill on hand, that’s the only way they can do it.

Here’s what it looks like:
Itsu’s Loco Moco

Unfortunately, the gravy and burger couldn’t save this one. The egg was completely rubbery and tasteless (1 out of 15pts). The gravy was bland as well (15 out of 35pts). The burger was the same type of burger as the one in the Kim Chi Burger, which was not that bad for a premade burger (20 out of 35pts), but when tasting it with all of the other elements, it still tasted bland. Rice was normal (14 out of 15pts).

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The wonderful Kim Chi Burger made this visit still worth it. Also be sure to try their plate lunches. Just stay away from the loco mocos!

Itsu’s Fishing Supplies Inc
810 Piilani St Hilo
(808) 935-8082

13 Responses to “Itsu’s Kim Chi Burger & Loco Moco”

  1. Reid Says:

    James,

    I haven’t tried the kim chi burger at Itsu’s before, but it sounds interesting. Sorry that the loco moco wasn’t too good this time around. =(

  2. lope Says:

    hi, james! that kim chi burger looks yummy! have you tried putting kim chi in a sandwich? it’s REALLY yummy…especially in a tuna sandwich with lots of tabasco mixed in the tuna!!

  3. Kirk Says:

    Hi James – Kim Chi Burger? That sounds pretty good…..microwave egg on a locomoco – that’s heresy!

  4. lance Says:

    No grill!!!!! So sad. Hopefully they’ll invest in one in the near future. Can’t see someone serving microwaved egg and probably reheated premade hambuger patties in a microwave. Guess I’d better stick to their beef stew on my next visit.

  5. James Says:

    Reid, for a buck and a half, it’s surely worth a try. :)

    lope, i’ve tried kim chi once in a ham sandwich… bad bad idea! but yes, i think a tuna sandwich would fit better. haha..

    Kirk, yes it is! heresy!

    lance, yeah, i think they should just not serve loco mocos and just keep on doing what they do good with (plate lunches).

  6. penny Says:

    i grew up on Itsu’s ice shave! they hvae some new “tempura hot dogs,” you should review those, if you’ve not already.

    for me, their hot dog and sweet popcorn is the best–aside from their shave ice (li hing mui flavor!!)

  7. James Says:

    penny, tempura hot dogs? i’ll be sure to try those next time..

    i really need to review their shave ice too :)

    and hot dogs, and sweet popcorn..

    so much food, too little time!

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  10. Roy K Says:

    quote: lance Says: January 31st, 2006 at 8:43 am

    “No grill!!!!! So sad. Hopefully they’ll invest in one in the near future. Can’t see someone serving microwaved egg and probably reheated premade hambuger patties in a microwave. Guess I’d better stick to their beef stew on my next visit”.

    HUH????? For Real????
    I’d pay extra for “homemade” burgers.

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