Meet the Purveyors: Introducing Hiep Lien of Koja Kitchen

There’s nothing better than the mixing of two great cuisines in a way that captures the taste buds and brings the best of both right to your plate. Koja Kitchen, a long time favorite food truck, has landed at Public Market and is bringing their unique take on Korean Japanese food to new and seasoned fans alike. If you haven’t already, make it a point to stop by Koja Kitchen to meet the team and try some delicious food.

What inspired you to become a restaurant owner?

KoJa Kitchen started in 2011 as collaboration between owners Alan Tsai, Eric Thai, Mike Hayashi and myself. Our backgrounds were in the Tech and Finance industries – we had no culinary experience. Alan Tsai was cooking as his hobby and developed the rice burger concept and we all loved it. Food Trucks were hot at the time, so after some research we jumped in and bought a truck. We did all the cooking, prep and cleaning ourselves. Our business grew and in 2014 we opened our first restaurant.

Why did you choose Public Market for your location?

We feel there is a lot of potential in this area. Emeryville has been lacking in diversity of cuisine. We see the ‘Food Market’ concept growing in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and want to be a part of it. We think people will come to Public Market, not just for the great food, but also to have a whole experience.

What is your favorite dish on the menu?

The Short Rib Koja and Kamikaze Fries. I love the bold flavors and the unique rice buns of the Short Rib Koja. The Kamikaze Fries have the best blend of all our flavors.

What are five words you would use to describe Koja Kitchen?

A Twist

Click here to learn more about Koja Kitchen on their website.

Make sure to stop by Public Market Emeryville to try our newest purveyors.

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