Last week the Korean takeout restaurant Hankki opened in Haworth. Its name "Hankki" comes from the Korean language meaning a single meal, which aptly describes its menu: individual to-go dishes like the LA Short Ribs and "SSS" So Soft Steak, Bibimbap rice bowls, three types of Korean fried chicken, and dessert tea.
We ordered a little bit of everything on the menu to get a good sample: the LA Short Ribs, Beef Rice Bowl with spicy red pepper sauce, and Hot Honey-butter chicken:
My son enjoyed the short ribs - the beef had a good marinade, and it came with Hankki's signature yellow rice, pickled vegetables, cucumber sticks, and lettuce. The Bibimbap was a little disappointing if you've had bibimbap in a cast iron pot before. The beef itself was very tasty, but the pieces were chopped so small its flavor got lost in all the fillings.
The standout dish was the Korean fried chicken. I am a huge fan of Korean fried chicken, and Hankki's combination of its organic hot honey butter glaze and crispy chicken wings was perfection. Be forewarned: the spiciness of the hot honey is not for the faint of taste buds. My son can typically eat jalapeno peppers with no problem, but he couldn't take more than one bite of the hot honey fried chicken because he said it was too spicy! We will be back to try the original and honey butter chicken and of course, more hot honey KFC!
Kudos to chef and owner Han (aka "Danny") whose experience working at Korean, NYC restaurants including L’Artusi and Quattro Trump SoHo, as well as food trucks has added to the diversity of the Northern Valley dining scene. Hankki is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11AM to 7PM for curbside pickup and limited indoor dining.
147 Terrace Street
Haworth, NJ 07641
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