This interview has been edited for duration and readability.
KQED: How would you describe a Korean corn canine to somebody who doesn’t know what it’s?
We get a large number of consumers who don’t know what it’s, in truth—however afterwards they adore it. American corn canines use cornmeal for batter, however Korean makes use of common flour and basically rice flour. With rice flour, it provides the dough a truly mild, crispy and reasonably chewy texture this is very similar to mochi. For the inner we use all-beef sizzling canines or mozzarella cheese. We serve a combo canine as neatly, which is part and part. However what makes Korean corn canines particular is that once skewering the new canines and cheese, the corn canines are rolled in numerous toppings. Relying on what the buyer needs, we have now panko, french fries, Scorching Cheetos, cornflakes, sugar and quite a lot of different toppings so as to add to the feel and taste.
When did the unique STIX within the Sundown District open, and when did you upload the Burlingame location?
My husband [Michael] and I opened the Sundown location in 2019. My husband grew up in San Francisco and went to highschool proper up the road, at Lincoln. There are a large number of mom-and-pop retail outlets round right here. Once we first visualized beginning a trade, we needed to do one thing in combination, only for us. We would have liked to create one thing that used to be all our personal. The Sundown used to be the very best location. It’s very circle of relatives orientated and community pleasant—it feels non-public. We handiest do to-go orders from there, because it’s a smaller storefront.
We opened the Burlingame location in February . Downtown Burlingame is extra high-end, and there’s giant chains there. You’ll be able to dine in at that location and the inner is made over. It kind of feels like much less folks know what Korean corn canines are, however they arrive in stunned and depart loving our meals. It makes me really feel truly glad when we will introduce folks to them.
What impressed you to carry Korean corn canines to the Bay House?
I all the time sought after to open a cafe however wasn’t certain what meals to serve. I’m a foodie, so I’m on Instagram trying out the meals tendencies and what new eating places are in the market. In 2018, the Korean corn canine used to be already beginning to pattern within the U.S. There have been a couple of spots in LA however there wasn’t a lot within the Bay House—and it used to be handiest within the South Bay. It’s humorous since you call to mind San Francisco having a various foodie scene, however I used to be stunned that nobody had opened a Korean corn canine eating place. That’s after we determined to simply do it ourselves. We needed to carry it to San Francisco, and we did. It took trial and blunder to get the recipe proper—the batter and the volume of it. However we sooner or later figured it out.
Have you learnt the foundation of the Korean corn canine?
It’s in the beginning from South Korea’s night time marketplace scene. Boulevard meals [in Asia] is solely giant—a number of a laugh, ingenious meals. The primary time we attempted the corn canine used to be in truth on a travel to Asia in 2019. It used to be far and wide in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong. We ate one in Japan. It used to be wow, simply truly scrumptious and I sought after extra.
You additionally serve boba and french fries, along with corn canines. What are a few of your most well liked facet pieces?