Hi, I’m Kiki. I’m half from Hawaii and half from Hong Kong. I’m the co-owner of Poi Dog, a food truck and now restaurant in Philadelphia. Poi Dog means mixed breed or mutt, and refers to the hybrid nature of the food we serve and also my background.
I left academia (I was in Classics) and started a food truck that just turned 5. That grew into a business that encompasses the truck, catering special events and our now 1-year-old restaurant in Center City Philadelphia.
Being Asian and from a Pacific Island, my family and I have a heritage that is often misrepresented or simply not recognized on the mainland. It is a very strange thing to have my culture be considered a theme for parties, for instance. Poi Dog comes from an impulse to tell our stories my way, through food.
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