Austin

Korean & Chinese Comfort Food at Jenna’s Asian Kitchen

March 29, 2015

Jenna's Asian Kitchen

Looking for authentic Korean and Chinese food in Austin? Jenna’s Asian Kitchen has opened it’s doors in North Austin at 12300 RR 620 N. The restaurant has a beautiful, modern interior, the owners and staff are incredibly nice, and the food is really good.

Jenna's Asian Kitchen

Jenna’s is run by Jenna and her husband, Min Choe, and Min’s sister, Hana, as general manager. I wouldn’t have done any justice from summarizing this personal note from Min, so please see below:

The joke around our house used to be (and still is) that Jenna doesn’t know how to cook for 1 to 2 people. We always have people at our home, whether it be family, friends, or just neighbors. She makes food by the truckload, and we love feeding people. Several years ago, it occurred to us that the restaurant business allows us to do exactly what we love to do and make a career out of it. And so began our lives in the restaurant world.

We wanted to make Jenna’s Asian Kitchen very personal, which is why we named the restaurant after my wife. We also designed and built the restaurant ourselves. With the help of some very loyal and dependable subcontractors, we poured our blood, sweat, tears, and heart into building the restaurant that would be representative of the things in design, architecture, and nature that we love. The project took significantly longer than we anticipated, but we’re happy with the end result. It truly represents “us.”

Most of the food belongs and is created by Jenna. However, HaNa had a very intimate amd involved part in creating our menu. In particular, HaNa has a great sense of style, and so she is responsible for the majority of the plating and presentation of our food.

We created Jenna’s Asian Kitchen so that we can share our passion for food with others. We took some of our favorite foods, and put them in our menu. Our “Kiddos” menu is only $5 for a generous portion of fresh food plus a drink, because we want families to feel welcome, and that they don’t have to feel inhibited to bring their young children. As for your question, “what is the inspiration behind the restaurant and the menu,” the answer is, our family. This is a family business, and we do it for our family. We treat every staff member and customer like a member of our family, and we want our customers to feel the same way, like part of the family. – Min

Jenna’s features an extensive menu of both Chinese and Korean appetizers, entrees, and soups.

Korean Fried Chicken

Asian Chicken Pops

Crunchy and lightly battered, tossed with a your choice of sauce (sweet & spicy, hot & pepper, or spicy) in a hot wok. Served with pickled radish slaw. Try it with spicy korean!

 

Fried Baby Octopus 2

Salt & Pepper Baby Octopus

Lightly battered baby octopus, jalapeños, grilled lemon, onions and spicy aioli.
Spring Rolls

Summer Rolls

Shrimp, vietnamese ham, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, avocado, mung bean noodles, sunflower sprouts, mint. Served with peanut sauce. Loved these!

 

Korean Oxtail Soup

Oxtail Gomtang

Oxtail bone broth, sweet potato noodles, braised oxtail, scallions, salt, chili pasta, banchan trio. Cooked for 24 hours and the oxtail is braised for 3-4 hours.

 

Galbi Steak

Galbi Steak

Beef short rib steak cut thick, green onions, sesame seeds, banchai trio. The steak was incredibly juicy and tender, our top pick.

 

Jenna's Asian Kitchen
Photo Credit: Amy Drohen

Dolsot Bibimbap

Amy Drohen Sushi Girl ATX

“The dolsot bibimbap with crispy rice, rich beef bulgogi, raw egg, fresh vegetables with a side of miso and banchan is the ultimate comfort food. One of the stand out menu items is Jenna’s salt & pepper baby octopus served with tempura jalapeños and a side spicy aioli. The lightly battered octopus is incredibly tender and the house-made tempura tastes amazing.” – Amy Drohen, SushiGirlATX

 

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Jenna's Asian Kitchen

Jenna’s Asian Kitchen
12300 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 258-8282
Sunday-Thursday 11am – 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 10:30pm
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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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