Beginning Might 14, Korean road foodstuff pop-up Seoul Chikin commences getting around the kitchen at Piedmont Heights pub and audio venue Smith’s Olde Bar on Fridays serving Korean fried chicken wings and tornado potatoes.
The typical menu for the pop-up involves dumplings, bar treats, and Korean fried hen wings or nuggets tossed in either sweet and spicy soy sauce or spicy and tangy gochujang.
Stephanie Watson started Seoul Chikin eight decades back even though residing in Washington, D.C., ahead of transferring to Atlanta, where by she revived the pop-up in 2019. Paying component of her childhood in South Korea, Watson claims she has fond memories of the road foods lifestyle in Seoul and cooking foodstuff for family members gatherings. The star of the menu for Seoul Chikin is her mother’s Korean fried hen recipe, which motivated Watson to observed the pop-up virtually a 10 years ago.
“Every time we had a guest about, my umma [mother in Korean] would have a dish of her Korean fried hen wings all set,” Watson claims. “This is a recipe which is been handed down by my spouse and children, it’s double-fried with a sweet and spicy homestyle sauce perfected by her [mother]. Her KFC wings were being constantly a hit at gatherings and consistently requested for potlucks and get-togethers.”
Along with Korean fried rooster on the menu for Smith’s Olde Bar, Watson will also provide her mother’s beef, pork, and tofu mandu (dumplings) and other road foodstuff like the spiral fried potato on a stick tornado potato and rabokki — a spicy rice cake and ramen noodle mixture. She hopes to incorporate a lot more days at the bar in the future and go on expanding the menu for the pop-up there, which could sooner or later involve brunch on the weekends.
The objective is to just one working day locate a lasting house to open up Seoul Chikin as a restaurant in Atlanta. But just after a tumultuous yr, Watson is just happy to be back again serving her foods and popping up consistently once again at dining places and breweries all around city.
“Korean food stuff is a very psychological and nostalgic encounter for me, and I like that I can tell my tale through my foods and enable generate recollections for other folks,” she suggests. “This is a desire in the pop-up world, as Fridays are tricky to arrive by. We are also grateful to be joining Smith’s Olde Bar in the revitalization of their area as extra gatherings are scheduling and vaccinations improve.”
Watson just lately took part in a food-driven fundraiser with 16 other Asian women chefs, restaurant proprietors, and pop-up purveyors, next the March 16 murders of 8 individuals — 6 of them ladies of Asian descent — at 3 spa enterprises in Cherokee County and Atlanta.
Two a lot more fundraisers by the team are in the is effective for May well benefiting the Atlanta chapter of nonprofit corporation Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Watson is also planning a fundraising pop-up at Sweet Auburn BBQ in Poncey-Highland, owned by Anita Hsu and Howard Hsu.
“Being 50 %-Asian has its individual worries, like dealing with continual micro-aggressions on both sides of my ethnicity and often staying dismissed as an Asian,” claims Watson. “I’ve struggled with coming to conditions with my identification and sensation like my tale was not plenty of for my model.”
“I’m privileged to be surrounded by lots of supportive friends that help me know that I have my very own exclusive experiences to tell, and that I’m in a place to uplift Asian women of all ages and converse out versus xenophobia, racism and hate to both of those sides.”
Seoul Chikin at Smith’s Olde Bar:
Double-fried wings or nuggets served with Korean radish pickles
Signature — sweet and spicy soy
Yangnyeom — spicy and tangy gochujang, crushed peanuts
Umma’s Mandu — beef, pork, tofu, glass noodle, cabbage handmade dumplings
Rabokki — pan-fried rice cakes, ramen noodles, cabbage, gochujang-garlic, scallions
Twister Potato — spiralized fries on a adhere, garlic parmesan, spicy ketchup
Fridays at Smith’s Olde Bar beginning May perhaps 14. Abide by on Instagram for updates and other pop-up spots around Atlanta. Takeout obtainable.