Hya Made offers Korean fare available for pickup in St. Louis area
Like many of us during the pandemic, Planter’s House bartender Hya Van Der Pennen had to do some pivoting. She combined her longtime love of cooking and Korean cuisine into her own monthly menu pickup service, Hya Made. Relying on social media and word-of-mouth, what began out of necessity turned into a booming side hustle. “I didn’t expect it to blow up like that,” she said.
The menu generally includes traditional favorites like bulgogi, Korean egg bread, kimchi pancakes and multiple banchan – those tasty bites served up on the side – along with Dutch apple pie, an homage to the Netherlands, where Van Der Pennen grew up. Kimchi by the jar is also available periodically. Follow @hya.made on Instagram for menu drops (usually mid-week), then order via direct message. You’ll get a return message with pickup info for the following Monday.