Food cart sees change of ownership and cuisine

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

The change of season brought about a change in ownership and cuisine for A Moveable Feast, the two food carts on the corner of Third and Seward streets in downtown Juneau.

Joon Kim, also known as James, bought A Moveable Feast on Aug. 1, and has been serving udon, a Japanese noodle soup, from one of the carts since the beginning of September.

The former seafood manager at Fred Meyer, Kim said this is the first time he's owned a business, and the first time he's worked outside.

"Even if it's raining, I still love it," said Kim, who operates the business with his wife, Hye Kim. The couple plan to serve udon from the outdoor cart all winter, provided that customers continue to brave the weather for his warm soup.

The soup consists of thick Japanese noodles, or udon, and fresh vegetables in a light broth. Customers can order shrimp, seafood, chicken, beef or vegetable udon, or they can go to Kim's other cart and get a hamburger.

"They (the hamburgers) are popular," Kim said. He will serve noodles and hamburgers in the winter, and will bring back taco salads, the stand's traditional fare, next summer.

Kim also has a delivery and catering service that he runs out of the Moveable Feast kitchen, on Seward between Third and Fourth streets. Alaska Sushi Catering serves five-course sushi dinners at private parties. He also delivers bento boxes, which are full Japanese meals served in segmented boxes.

Kim originally is from Korea and moved to Seattle 17 years ago. He worked as a dishwasher for a restaurant in Seattle, and in three years' time he was kitchen supervisor for the restaurant.

"I liked working in cooking - you're never hungry," Kim said.

He moved to Juneau 12 years ago and was the Oriental Express and deli manager at Carrs/Safeway before working at Fred Meyer. He said he hopes to one day have a Moveable Feast restaurant.

Christine Schmid can be reached at cschmid@juneauempire.com.



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