Jenn Kim’s touring restaurant, Soul & Busan has popped-up in many popular eateries around Philly. Now it returns to South Philly with upbeat Korean-American casual food for three spring weekends at Taco Heart (1001 E. Passyunk Ave.). Soul & Busan kicks-things off March 24th -26th then returns April 7th-9th, and April 21st-23rd.
Known solely as a breakfast spot, Taco Heart closes at 1 pm on weekends but that’s when Soul & Busan looks to take over. Kim has arranged to run the restaurant from 5 pm – 8 pm on her pop-up weekends allowing foodies to enjoy two very unique food experiences at one spot. Service will mainly be walk-up orders with some seating available.
The Soul & Busan menu includes crowd favorites like Miggy’s K-fried Chicken Sandwich as well as a marinated & breaded tofu version of that sandwich. Sides include korokke (potato croquettes), kimchi spiced French fries, plus a tangy oi muchim cucumber salad. For dessert, Kim offers hotteok rice krispie treats and is debuting flan. One additional to-go option for Philly cooks and eaters will be bottles of Jenn’s Good On Everything Sauce, which is based on gochujang and soy flavors: spicy, sweet, salty, and tangy, it can serve as a dipper, a marinade, or a basting mop.
Originally a Colorado native, Jenn Kim is a child of immigrants from South Korea and her cooking style reflects her upbringing, “I’m making a mash-up of what I like to eat, what Korean-American means to me and my tastebuds. You can get a fried chicken sandwich anywhere, but mine has Korean flavors. It’s nostalgic food that takes you back to childhood, quick and casual: the excitement of a fast food meal in a minivan. I’m just adding some new textures and flavors for fun.”
Kim’s plans for the restaurant are all about “keeping it simple” with tasty combo deals as well as a la carte orders. One combo meal, featuring said fried chicken sandwich, is referred to as “Miggy’s Meal” in a nod to her husband Miguel. The other combo meal is vegetarian, “J’s Meal,” with a fried tofu sandwich, which can also be made vegan to-order.