The first time I met BJ Kim of Cincinnati’s own Red Sesame Korean BBQ was at Fountain Square. He had a few moments before opening for the weekday lunch rush, and we talked about his dive into the food industry.
BJ used to work in dental implants, believe it or not. A job transfer brought him to Cincinnati, and one of his favorite ways to explore a new city was through food. Early visits to local eateries began inspiring him to create something new for the city: Korean-Latino fusion.
They say it’s in the sauce, and it’s really true. Red Sesame is known for its three signature sauces, all made from scratch. They’re colorful and flavorful, perfected to a gourmet-level blend of sweet and savory. You’ll definitely want to bring some home!
BJ’s food truck debuted in 2012. Today, it’s the iconic orange and red truck many of us have come to love. After much growth, BJ went on to open his first brick and mortar location in 2016 just inside the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a larger space, so there are additional items at the restaurant that you might not always find at the truck.
Visit redsesamebbq.com for hours, location, truck info, catering, menus, and more.