Chef Roy Choi was born in Korea and raised in Los Angeles, but his heart is in Hawaii—as writer Jonathan Gold discovered when he took a marathon eating tour of Honolulu with Choi. It’s not just the beaches and the weather that brings Choi back year after year to Hawaii—it’s the food. Now, Choi will finally bring the authentic Hawaiian food he loves to Los Angeles at A-Frame.
Though the restaurant has been serving an interpretation of Hawaiian food for five years, the menu will become a full-fledged ode to “ono grindz” (Hawaiian slang for good food) this February. “Our new chef, Johnny Yoo, inspired me to look deeper into Hawaii and take it from the abstract to the real,” Choi writes on A-Frame’s website. Get a taste of some of the dishes that might appear on the menu with five of Choi’s takes on his favorite Hawaiian dishes.
“This is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of Hawaii,” says Choi about the sushi-like musubi, a mix of seared Spam, sushi rice and pureed kimchi, all wrapped up in nori.