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Korean Flavors at The Good Fork in Red Hook

By Ratasha Smith

Born in Seoul Korea, Head Chef Sohui Kim has merged the Korean flavors from her childhood with the Western cuisine she has grown to love in the states. Her unique menu has made The Good Fork in Red Hook, Brooklyn a New York hot spot. "I strive to cook great tasting food and in a selfish way, I like to cook what I like to eat," Kim says.

Kim was taught to cook early on by both her mother and grandmother, in a household where cooking and entertaining was not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. As a young adult, she spent years pursuing other interests, eventually returning to her first love: the kitchen. She then enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education in Lower Manhattan, launching her career as a professional chef.

Kim, with carpenter/actor husband, Benjamin Schneider, built The Good Fork in 2005, and the restaurant has been receiving rave reviews ever since its opening, almost a decade ago.

"We have been fortunate that many people like the flavors and taste of Korean ingredients like I do. I think Korean food in general is healthier, focusing heavily on pickles, vegetables that are full of flavor and probiotics," says Kim.

The Good Fork has been featured in The New York Times and a host of other publications. Kim has even gone head-to-head with Bobby Flay- with her pork and chive dumplings reigning supreme. However, The Good Fork's popularity has not taken away from the restaurant's relaxed atmosphere, whose design is truly a reflection of Red Hooks' waterfront neighborhood.

Kim and her husband live within walking distance of the restaurant. "We chose Red Hook because we live in Red Hook and we love this neighborhood," Kim says.

"Also Red Hook, at the time, needed a restaurant like The Good Fork. Did we think The Good Fork would last nine years and counting? No. We figured we would run it the best we can and once most of our friends and family tried it, we'd go get a real job," she says.

Her winning chive and pork dumplings are just one of many fan favorites off her eclectic menu. Kim says the steak and eggs, which she has given a Korean twist, has also been well received- the recipe has even been highlighted in Bon Appetit! Magazine.

"People love the Korean flavors of the dish and love the kimchee rice component. These recipes will be a part of my cookbook that I am working on, to be published fall 2016 by Abrams," Kim says.

Stop by and enjoy the flavors for yourself at The Good Fork at 391 Van Brunt Street Brooklyn, NY 11231.

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Ratasha Smith is a correspondent for the Inner-City Newspaper in New Haven,...

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