Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Grand Opening of Ahn Joo at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA
On Thursday, November 10, 2011, Chef Debbie Lee, debuted Ahn Joo, a Korean snack bar, at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA. She took her Ahn Joo food truck concept from the streets and has given it a permanent home in this beautiful center. The Americana at Brand is like a mini-city with shopping, dining, and entertainment. Ahn Joo is in a prime location, in front of the movie theatre with the fountain as the backdrop. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the center has raised their giant Christmas tree which is about as tall as the one at Disneyland. The grand opening was an intimate one with family, friends, and long time supporters of Chef Debbie. Soju Sangria (recipe is in her cookbook) was poured and samples of Ahn Joo’s pub grub menu were served continuously. Barnes and Nobles was also on hand selling Chef Debbie’s new cookbook, “Seoultown Kitchen”. It’s so great to see how gracious she is to her fans. She treats everyone like family.
Let’s take look at some of her Korean pub grub creations! Korean Nachos is deep fried rice cakes, smoky chile queso, soy braised pork, and kimchee salsa. Yes, I said, kimchee salsa. This is an amazing play on nachos. The pork was marinated to perfection and added a special flavor to the deep fried rice cakes. The kimchee salsa added a spicy, pickley flavor and tied it all together in a neat little bow. The cheese was a very interesting addition. Who knew cheese and kimchee went together (just like the Calbi Truck’s Kimchee Quesadilla). Thumbs up, way up!