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On Orange Street, A Taste Of Home

by Jake Brussel Faria | Jun 30, 2016 8:16 am | Comments (1)

Jake Brussel-Faria Photo When she moved to New Haven in late 1978, Yoon-ock Kim — then fully intending on returning to Korea — missed the tastes of home.

There was the salt and spice of certain dishes she couldn’t find in New Haven, not quite the culinary mix of flavors and cultures it is today. Familiar ingredients were missing from Italian markets that dotted Orange Street. So when she found a small Asian grocer in East Rock with the things she wanted to eat, she and the owner became fast friends.

When that owner decided to leave seven years later, Kim acted on an instinct: Taking over the business seemed like the right thing to do.

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