By Erin Brereton
July 9, 2012
Chef Se Jin Yim, aka "Sunny," looked at more than 200 storefront locations and trekked to Japan for instruction on making ramen noodles to prepare for his first restaurant, Oiistar (1385 N. Milwaukee Ave.), scheduled to open by early September.
The Wicker Park eatery’s menu will feature international influences -- “Italian and French are my background, and I’m Korean,” said Yim, who previously worked as a chef for 15 years at a downtown hotel -- and approximately five ramen dishes.
Served with a large ceramic spoon, Oiistar’s savory soups are made with handmade ramen noodles and toppings like chicken and shitake mushrooms.
Yim said he’s “really focused on pork broth,” but dishes will also come with vegetable and seafood broth, including one entree featuring chopped scallions and shellfish.
Oiistar will also serve appetizers such as glazed pork buns and Yim’s spicy take on Korean kimchi and French onion soup, made with cabbage, roasted pork and sausage and topped with melted provolone cheese.
The space will include a 15-seat bar serving drinks such as the signature Oiistar martini, made from booze infused with cucumber ("oii" in Korean). The dining room will feature an open kitchen and seat about 50. Entrees are expected to be priced in the $10-$15 range.
Erin Brereton is a RedEye special contributor.
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