Jennifer Chandler, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Published 12:06 p.m. CT Dec. 13, 2019 | Updated 12:08 p.m. CT Dec. 13, 2019CLOSEJulie Kim dreamed of owning a restaurant for about 15 years.Last week, that dream came true when she opened Kohesian Soko Style Eatery, a Korean-American fusion restaurant, in the Thornwood development in Germantown.The menu at Kohesian is eclectic to say the least. This South Korean-inspired eatery offers Korean classics like bibimbap rice bowls and Jeon savory pancakes, but also has tacos, burgers and even loaded nachos.“I wanted to introduce Korean flavors to people. We are doing that by taking foods people love and adding our twist,” said Kim, a second-generation Korean-American.The Bibimbap Burger for example is a soy-marinated beef patty topped with all the ingredients that come in a traditional bibimbap bowl — assorted sautéed vegetables, an over-rare egg and gochujang Korean chili paste.Loaded Spicy Pork Nachos are topped with gochujang-marinated pork, sautéed kimchi, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and kimchi sour cream.Kim is especially excited about her Korean fried chicken topped with crushed peanuts. Available in wings or as “popcorn” chicken, the chicken comes plain battered or tossed in your choice of soy garlic or her signature Kohesian sweet heat sauce. Save room for dessert. Kohesian offers the traditional Korean Bingsu. A bed of shaved snow ice is topped with a scoop of ice cream and your choice of topping.“You need to try the classic red bean topping,” Kim said. “It is not what you will expect.”A full bar will be coming soon. Kim is working with local distributors to bring Korean liquors like Soju and Makgeolli to Memphis. “We will use these to make Korean-inspired cocktails,” Kim said.Memphis-based designer Glennys Bryant of GCD Interiors designed the interior of the restaurant that is light-filled and has a clean, modern vibe. The 3,000-square-foot eatery seats 100.“I have a 12-year-old so we wanted the restaurant to be family-friendly,” Kim said. “But we also wanted it to be a space that friends would get a little dressed up for a girls’ night out.”Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at email@example.com and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer. At a glanceKohesian Soko Style EateryWhere: 1730 S. Germantown RoadHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-9 p.m. SundayPhone: (901) 308-0223Read or Share this story: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/life/2019/12/13/memphis-restaurants-kohesian-rkorean-inspired-fare-germantown/2637049001/
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