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Foodie Find: Koja Kitchen

05/03/2018 03:11PM

What happens when you combine Korean food with Japanese food? You get a wonderful restaurant that started as a food truck and has since expanded to multiple brick-and-mortars called KoJa Kitchen. (I love a creative name.) Though known for their namesake Koja—which is like a burger but with crispy garlic rice buns in lieu of bread—I opted for a few other items…starting with the Kamikaze Fries. Are you ready for your mouth to water? Picture spicy nachos made with waffle fries instead of chips, Korean beef, kimchi, green onions, Japanese mayo, and red sauce. Pro tip: Make sure you have a beverage handy—this dish packs a punch. Although, truth be told, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy food. Next came the tacos. The Chicken Taco—stuffed with Korean barbecued chicken, wasabi mayo, cilantro, fried onions, and sesame vinaigrette lettuce—was heavenly, and the Braised Pork Taco was just as divine; but let’s be honest: When the ingredient list includes miso-coconut braised pork,  garlic aioli, and fried onions can you really go wrong? Their bowls—brimming with white or seasoned brown rice, spring mix, and your choice of short ribs, braised pork, chicken, beef, ahi tuna, tofu, or a soy and portobello mushroom patty—looked amazing too. Oh, and if you ever have one of those nights where you’re starving but don’t want to cook and also don’t want to change out of your pajamas, KoJa in Rocklin has a drive-thru! You’re welcome. 4210 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, 916-259-1513, kojakitchen.com/locations/rocklin


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