Linh Huynh is the embodiment of success through growth and reinvention. Raised in Vietnam, she started her career in the hospitality industry in 1995 as a server in a Chinese restaurant while a student at Mankato State University. She hoped to follow in the footsteps of her grandparents who owned a restaurant in Vietnam. Her first eatery venture would come in 2008 when she moved to the Twin Cities and opened a Pho restaurant. In 2020 her passion was expressed in Brooklyn Park as Rolls & Bowls, offering an Asian fusion of Hawaiian poke combined with sushi.
In 2022 she knew that the pandemic’s chilling effect on in-person dining would need to be invigorated by creating a concept that no other restaurant in the Twin Cities was currently offering—a marriage of Japanese hotpot cooking and Korean BBQ. For good measure she opened a donut shop, Mochinut, under the same roof offering scratch-made donuts that are a hybrid between cake donuts and chewy mochi; Japanese rice cakes made from polished sticky rice.
Soke provides an interactive cooking experience that diners can fully customize. They can partake in Korean BBQ and cook their meats, seafood and vegetables on a griddle top in the center of a communal table. Up to 4 diners can gather around a cooking station. Trained wait staff are always close by to suggest and assist in any part of the meal from cooking time for meats to specialized flavor profiles for sauces.
Those who want Hotpot can choose from seven bases of broth. After the broth comes to a boil, diner’s choice of protein or vegetable is added. Diners individualize their meal at an ample sauce station.
Next time you’re in the mood for Korean BBQ, Hotpot or mochi donuts, why choose? At Soke/Mochinut they have it all!