June 3, 2023

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Oakland is getting a fashionable Korean deli centered on fragile, residence-made tofu

A Korean deli dishing out banchan by the pound and tender household-designed tofu is coming to Oakland this tumble.

Joodooboo, at 4201 Industry St., will come from Steve Joo, a chef very best identified for his modern Korean pop-up Nokni with Julya Shin. It’ll market blocks of tofu to-go along with containers of seasonal banchan, the Korean sides these kinds of as kimchi that occur with classic foods. The target is to open up in October, with the probability of pop-ups primary up to the debut.

Joo also options to serve easy lunch possibilities like kimbap, the Korean equivalent of sushi rolls, potentially filled with ground beef, egg and pickles. In the evenings, there will be a day-to-day rotating dinner established, this sort of as grilled pork with various banchan and rice, readily available for dine-in or to-go.

With Nokni, Joo was heavily encouraged by performing at places to eat like Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Terra in Napa Valley that emphasize community produce. His California method to banchan at Joodooboo will be similar, featuring seasonal vegetables for soy-marinated pickles as perfectly as standard objects like dried squid.

A dinner set from Oakland's Joodooboo may include a few banchan, rice and a rotating protein like grilled pork.

A evening meal established from Oakland’s Joodooboo might include things like a handful of banchan, rice and a rotating protein like grilled pork.

Courtesy Allan Wan

Modern day Korean foods began booming in San Francisco right before the pandemic with then-newcomers like Um.ma, Daeho and Queens, which also slings banchan as a Korean deli. H Mart just opened in San Francisco, at last bringing a devoted Korean grocery shop to the metropolis as well as a bustling meals court. But the alternatives in Oakland, although historically considered of to be greater than in San Francisco, have leaned conventional thus far.