KoJa Kitchen

Today I came to Koja for the first time and got the Braised Pork KoJa.

Menu Description:
KoJa > Miso Braised Pork KoJa $6.95 Miso-coconut braised pork, baby arugula, wonton chips, garlic aioli, masago,* drizzled with fresh lemon juice. Served on a crispy fried garlic rice buns.

Miso Braised Pork KoJa (20150501)

First, I noted that the rice buns were crisp. Of course, and perhaps more importantly, the braised pork was delicious. With that being said, it had sauce - probably mayonnaise-based** - which helped it taste good. 12:49PM PT

*Japanese fish eggs
**According to the menu description, this sauce is probably the garlic aioli. Doing some research, mayonnaise and aioli are similar, but different. In short, both are emulsions, but mayonnaise is made from (neutral-flavored) oil, egg yolk, and either vinegar or lemon juice and aioli is made from olive oil, egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice.

Ada ordered three chicken tacos and I ordered a braised pork bowl with no rice and kamikaze fries.

Three Chicken Tacos (left), Braised Pork Bowl (top right), and Kamikaze Fries (bottom right) (20170813)

Online Menu Description:
Tacos and Salads > Chicken Taco Korean BBQ chicken, sesame vinaigrette lettuce, wasabi mayo, cilantro, fried onions

Online Menu Description:
Bowls > Braised Pork Bowl Miso-coconut braised pork, garlic aioli, kimchi, green onions, masago, lemon wedge, fried onions

Online Menu Description:
Sides > Kamikaze Fries Crisscut waffle fries, minced Korean BBQ beef, kimchi, red sauce, Japanese mayo, green onions

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I got the KoJa Original with no sesame seeds and Ada got the KoJa Chicken. I couldn't remove the sesame vinaigrette because it was premixed with the salad.

In any case, we both squeezed lemon on our orders.

The Original KoJa was tasty but the wrapper was hard to remove and eating it outside the wrapper was messy.

Online Menu Description:
KoJa > "The Original" KoJa Korean BBQ short rib, sesame vinaigrette lettuce, katsu aioli, sesame seeds

Chicken KoJa and The Original KoJa (20180328)

I ate some with sriracha. The sriracha gave it a sweeter taste than the already sweet teriyaki sauce.

Ada's Chicken KoJa was good. I had a little allergic reaction on my tongue. 5:19 PM PT

Online Menu Description:
KoJa > Chicken Koja Korean BBQ chicken, sesame vinaigrette lettuce, tomato, cilantro, spicy gochujang sauce, sesame seeds, lemon wedge

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KoJa Kitchen

Relevant Links:
KoJa Kitchen Website
KoJa Kitchen - Berkeley, CA (Yelp.com)
KoJa Kitchen (Facebook Page)

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