Daniel Dae Kim has lived the kind of unlikely success story that fuels the very engine of Hollywood dreams: toddler emigre from South Korea grows up to earn master's degree, snags plaudits on stage, which leads to eventual blockbuster-TV-success with 'Lost' and then 'Hawaii Five-0.' He's living the dream for sure, but what gets us most is that those last two major jobs, spanning nearly the past decade, have paid him to live in Oahu. (Is there no justice?) In a chat with us, the conversation included his days growing up listening to Ozzy: "Easton, [PA], was a steel town, so every band that came around tended to be heavy metal," Kim says of his hometown. "I saw Iron Maiden and Motley Crue. I saw Ozzy twice. It moved on eventually more recent pursuits like deep-sea fishing with Josh Holloway, to his desert island album picks (curveball: XTC's 'Skylarking'). Kim was also a veritable goodwill ambassador for the Aloha State, and gamely dished on his favorite restaurant, the most scenic spot to cruise, and beaches with sand like pink powder. Click on the gallery below for more. Launch Gallery >>
Side Street Inn (Honolulu)
Asked about his favorite place to eat, Kim reveals his inner foodie, rattling off a half-dozen haunts he loves for a variety of cuisines. But he didn't hesitate when it came to his top pick for Hawaiian food, which he says has become a fantastic mash-up of Asian, American, and some European influences. "There's a great place called Side Street Inn, where most of the chefs on Honolulu go when their restaurants close down," Kim says. "It serves this noodle dish there that's a personal favorite, a Japanese yakisoba, which is a fried noodle, but it's got kimchi in it, and they'll add some meats and things, and it's so, so good. It's this kind of cuisine that's all its own."
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