Off the Menu: Seoul-style Comfort Food Has Found its Home in East Bay
East Bay: The land of Pixar animations, somewhat affordable houses—and Seoul-style comfort foods? You bet.
Here in “The City,” we look to the east with either hesitancy and nostalgia; many of us have, at some point, shared a 12ft x 12ft room in Oakland with a fellow financially strained twenty-something. Those of us who have successfully navigate over from the Bay Bridge—by some means of luck, timing, and straight-up hustle—are more than willing to shell out 2k a month for our dwellings in the Mission or Dogpatch.
We grew restless for what may or may not exist on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
But, regardless of where we stand on “The Town,” there’s no denying the notion that East Bay is in the midst of it’s second boom. And it’s Korean Cuisine is doing just that—exploding. In recent years, the of Korean restaurants popping-up along Telegraph in Oakland has been well-known by many. A walk along the residential areas inundating Telegraph, and you’ll see just why: it’s home to an ever-growing, blossoming community of Korean immigrants.
Curator of all things Seoul-style comfort food, chef and restaurants, So Choi, decided to take advantage of the cultural trend, choosing to open Tin & Pigs in Oakland.
“I wanted to be close to UC Berkeley, too,” chef and owner of Tin & Pig, Jae Choi, told the SFChronicle, eyeing his stylish round glasses from behind the countertop. “For the homesick Korean students who want to go out on the weekends.”
“Some restaurants like this serve food that tastes microwaved,” Choi’s Berkeley-going daughter, So Choi, added. “That makes me sad. When I eat Korean food, that’s not the experience I want to have. I want homemade. I want soul.”
Simmer, girl: if Tin & Pig’s line is snaking around 3702 Telegraph Ave., you can always go get a taste of home from one of these other East Bay Korean gems: