Mongolian barbecue remains a staple at Historic Hickam Officers’ Club

Chefs prepare meals at the Mongolian barbecue held on Thursdays at the Historic Hickam Officers' Club. MWR Marketing photo by Reid Kagemoto

Chefs prepare meals at the Mongolian barbecue held on Thursdays at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club. MWR Marketing photo by Reid Kagemoto

Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

On Thursdays, Historic Hickam Officers’ Club offers Mongolian barbecue on its lanai.

For those unfamiliar with the setup for Mongolian barbecue, here’s how it works. A hostess greets customers as they arrive and shows them to their seats. Once seated, the customer goes up to a table filled with food choices. The customer has more than 20 different vegetables to choose from, five meat and seafood options and up to 10 sauces to personalize their meal.

The customer then goes to the register where their food is weighed, and the customer pays 85 cents per ounce. They are given a number after payment, and then can take their food to the grills where the chefs will cook it for them. When their number is called, the meal is ready. Rice, fortune cookie, chow mein, fried rice and soup are also included in the price.

“Mongolian barbecue is a family-friendly event at a beautiful sunset hour,” said Joint Base catering director Alexis Ybarra. “We have three chefs cooking your food right in front of you, and the lanai bar is open for cocktails.”

As testament to the event’s popularity, retired MWR director Frank Faria said Mongolian barbecue has been a staple dining option on base since the mid-1960s.

There is lots of room for walk-ins, but Ybarra said reservations are accepted for parties of 12 or more. Larger groups of 25 or more can also reserve private spaces.

Mongolian barbecue happens every Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. except when special/private functions are scheduled.

(For more information, or to make reservations, call the Joint Base Catering office at 448-4608 ext. 16.)

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