Jane Ko, the founder of Austin’s original food and lifestyle blog A Taste of Koko, is using her platform to help a local restaurant get a leg up during the pandemic. Koko has teamed up with local restaurant 101 By Tea Haus on Airport Blvd. to host The Koko Pop-Up: a limited time pop up featuring menu items inspired by Taiwanese night markets, paying homage to Koko’s heritage while supporting a locally owned restaurant.

 

The Koko Pop-Up encourages visitors to “Eat, Drink + Be Happy” and will launch on Thursday, October 8 at 101 Tea Haus’ location on Airport Blvd., running daily from 11:30 am to 8 pm. Koko worked with the 101 By Tea Haus team to develop this exclusive menu to run for a limited time. The Koko Pop-Up will also feature Instagrammable moments on the store front of 101 By Tea Haus, designed by A Taste of Koko’s creative director The Dani Creative. Koko Pop-Up menu items are available to order online, for call-in, or dine-in.

 

Koko’s Pop-Up menu items include: 

Bubble Teas:

  • Pink Drink (strawberry boba milk tea)
  • Galaxy Drink (jasmine boba milk tea with butterfly pea flower)
  • Tiger Milk Tea (brown sugar boba milk tea)

 

Night Market Snacks:

  • Fried Dumplings
  • Fried chicken nugget snack with Thai basil
  • Fried Tofu Snack with Thai basil

 

Bubble Waffles:

  • Fried Chicken & Bubble Waffle
  • Matcha Green Tea Bubble Waffle
  • Milk Tea Bubble Waffle

 

Koko decided to partner with an Asian restaurant on her pop-up not only because of the connection to her Taiwanese heritage but because she has seen that Asian restaurants have been dramatically affected by COVID-19:
“Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve had hundreds of restaurant owners and service industry reach out to me for help,” says Koko, “I launched Hundred for Hospitality in late March, raising over $15,000 for local restaurants and providing thousands of meals to service industry workers. However, Asian restaurants have been hit the hardest during this pandemic so I felt this need to step up again. When I walked into 101 by Tea Haus and tried their food, I felt like I was back home in Taiwan and I want to share that experience with Austinites. I hope my pop-up will not only help our local restaurant industry but more importantly, break the stigma on Asian culture during this pandemic by having people enjoy Taiwanese food. For me, the best way to get to know a culture is through its food and I’m excited to share that experience through the Koko Pop-Up.”

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