Jun 9, 2023 - Food and Drink

Korean airport pop-up for foodies

Scallion-sesame focaccia from Capitol Jill Baking

Scallion-sesame focaccia from Capitol Jill Baking. Photo: Jill Nguyen

A sandwich and sweets pop-up themed around Seoul’s Incheon International Airport is coming to Rice Market on 14th Street this Saturday at 11am.

Why it matters: Pop-ups come in many flavors, but delicious Korean airport food is one we can’t miss.

What’s happening: Two unique food world entities are coming together: Jill Nguyen of smash-hit sourdough micro-bakery Capitol Jill Baking teams up with husband-and-wife duo Caleb Jang and Roren Choi of traveling Korean American comfort food pop-up, Magpie and the Tiger.

  • The event is inspired by Incheon’s Terminal 1, “a gateway for Asian-Americans like myself, Caleb, and Roren whenever we visit our families in Vietnam and South Korea,” says Nguyen, who’s Vietnamese. “As a young international student, Incheon T1 was also my introduction to Korean food and culture after so many 12-hour layovers.”

On the menu: Nostalgic Korean and Asian American comfort foods one craves after a journey.

  • Nguyen, who fills around 150 sold-out orders per week from her Capitol Hill home, is making scallion-sesame sourdough focaccia for sandos, as well as treats like spicy gochujang-chocolate brioche doughnuts and corn-cheese scones.
  • The Magpie team, popular for creative pop-ups and home KBQ parties, will fashion comforting sandwiches including a bulgogi-maple sausage, spicy mayo, cheddar, and egg, or a BLT. Also, refreshing drinks like watermelon-shiso limeade, and jars of homemade chili-crisp.

Details: T1 will fuel 14th Street-goers before the Pride Parade, starting at 11am until sold out.

  • Partial proceeds will go to AQUA DC, which advocates for the LGBTQ+ AAPI community. You can peek here at the menu.

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