“Gotta have a jianbing,” said Katie Voong with a smile and a laugh. It’s a word she’s said plenty because she added the conventional Chinese road meals to Downtown Sunnyvale.
K Tea Café opened up in 2018. However, it has quickly won a call for itself regionally.
“[Customers] are surprised to peer jianbing, I’m one of the only few that have it,” stated Voong. “There’s not a signature vicinity [locally] that has jianbing. There are sure ingredients that deliver reminiscences; recollections and mind and love…I clearly want to travel, however, you may constantly journey for meals, in order that’s why I delivered it returned.”
A jianbing, stated jee-YEN bing, is a bit like a savoury crepe. In China, it’s normally served off an avenue cart and made of egg, cilantro, inexperienced onion, sesame seeds. A crispy, fried wonton is put inside before the food is folded together and served up hot.
K Tea Café has introduced its very own twist on the meals by way of setting a protein layer within the middle. Customers get to pick between bulgogi red meat, tofu, chook teriyaki or braised beef belly.
“I do not forget there’s a consumer that came in…drove all of the ways from Walnut Creek, pronouncing, ‘I need to get this for my husband’s birthday’,” said Voong. “She turned into waiting at the door before we opened…She said, ‘I haven’t had this for two decades.’”
“It truely melted my heart,” Voong endured. “It melted my heart due to the fact having her power to date…Everything is rewarded when you see a consumer have their reaction, how a good deal they love the jianbing, how plenty they prize the memory.”
While K Tea Café is enormously new, Voong isn’t new to the restaurant enterprise.
“I’ve been in this business for over sixteen years before I went to the faculty. However, I desired to get the e-book smarts…that’s why I went to Mission College,” said Voong.
Voong went through Mission College’s Hospitality Management program.
“Mission College has stimulated me to discover my soul of cooking,” said Voong. “I’m thankful for all this opportunity due to the fact I made a preference to head back to high school.”
After graduating, Voong teamed up along with her brother Phu Voong, who helped Katie Voong open the restaurant. Phu Voong is the co-founder, and Katie Voong is dealing with an accomplice.
Katie Voong says the menu become stimulated by her personal studies.
“Everything right here on the menu is a stroll in my existence,” stated Voong. “From the Vietnamese sandwich…my heritage growing up ingesting the sandwich after I was in high college sharing one sandwich with 3 women and strolling to Chinatown.”
The milk tea turned into brought to the menu due to her son.
“I didn’t need him to drink something no longer wholesome,” stated Voong. “There are several merchandise available which have excessive fructose sugar, excessive powders, which I don’t like. I desired to alternate it to transparent elements. That’s wherein I start with real brown sugar, actual milk, and real tea leaf.”
“It comes from the coronary heart,” said Voong. “Everything comes from the coronary heart.”
In addition to the K Tea Café region, Voong additionally runs K Tea Café catering.
K Tea Café is positioned at 139 S. Murphy Ave. In Sunnyvale. It’s open Tuesday via Friday from eleven a.M. To 8 p.M., Saturday from 10 a.M. To eight p.M. And Sunday from 10:30 a.M. To eight p.M.