Chris Oh, the self-proclaimed unofficial mayor of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, just expanded his California restaurant empire to the Aloha State with Chingu in the former Cafe Maru space on Kapiolani Boulevard. If the name sounds familiar, Oh was on the Seoul Sausage team that won season 3 of Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race." In quick succession he opened several restaurants in Los Angeles, helped bring a Seoul Sausage pop-up to Hawaii in 2016 and got Seoul Sausage's kalbi sausage into a sandwich on the menu at Zippy's.
Chingu, which loosely translates as "friend" in Korean, feels like it was lifted from Wilshire Boulevard with quintessential K-Town food and fun to boot. Think over-the-top watermelon soju with pop rocks and sparklers, chicken sizzling under a mound of bubbling cheese, and private karaoke rooms, enough for all your chingus.
1035 Kapiolani Blvd.
Daily 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.