Not long ago, Eric Ehler, who'd been a cook and sous-chef at Serpentine for three years, took a break from cooking to hang out in Seoul. "I didn't just love the cuisine of Seoul," says Ehler, who was born in Korea but had spent his life in the States. "I also wondered: What is this crazy Americanization of everything? Because of the American influence on the country after the Korean War, I saw a lot of foods there like corn dogs wrapped in french fries. Real Korean American food."
Ehler came back inspired to start up his own Korean American restaurant: Seoul Patch. He started out with a popup dinner at Serpentine last week, and his weekday lunch popup -- serving out of Rocketfish in Potrero Hill from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- launches today.
There will be no corn dogs wrapped in French fries, or even iconic Seoul street food like tteokbokgi or hotteok. Ehler's starting off with a BLT made with bulgogi, a Korean fried chicken po'boy, and ramyun with pork-bone broth and kimchi -- and because of his Serpentine-Slow Food connections, most of the produce will be sourced from smaller farms.
serious cooks," he adds. Agreed.