DeKALB – Omi Sushi, a local Japanese restaurant known for its sushi, has expanded its menu offering to include Korean fried chicken.
Omi Sushi, located at 3206 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, sells Korean fried chicken as a meal on a side of rice, pickled radishes, coleslaw, or miso soup.
Owner Gina Kim said the community has shown great interest in Korean fried chicken since the restaurant began serving it.
“It’s getting more and more popular,” Kim said. “It started in Los Angeles, New York, in downtown Chicago.”
“They really love it. We’re getting more and more.” [patrons]. Once they try, people get more of it.”
– Jenna Kim, owner of Omi Sushi in DeKalb
But marketing Korean fried chicken as a menu item at Omi Sushi in DeKalb just wasn’t there until this point.
“I want to make sure [we’re] Kim said. “My kitchen staff, they should know exactly how I work [it]They should do it the same way.”
Kim said she thinks she has carved out a niche for her Korean fried chicken in DeKalb County.
At Omi Sushi, customers can enjoy Korean fried chicken in a variety of flavors, including plain, magic sprinkle, garlic soy, mild sweet, and spicy or hot.
Kim said the secret behind making her own Korean fried chicken is easy to spot.
“I add the vegetables and a few other ingredients, and the sauce and marinade set for at least four hours,” Kim said. “We use all fresh chicken, never frozen.”
Kim said the sauces in Omi Sushi aren’t factory-made, and that makes a huge difference.
“Mine is not salty and has a lot of flavor,” Kim said, referring to the Korean fried chicken. “We have like five different flavors.”
Kim said she’s noticed an uptick in people ordering Korean fried chicken at her establishment.
“They really like it,” Kim said. “We get more and more [patrons]. Once they try, people get more of it.”
Kim said she sees a permanent place for Korean fried chicken on the menu at Omi Sushi. She said she doesn’t necessarily consider this a limited time offer.
“I will continue,” Kim said. “I always try new things. … I change the menu all the time.”