Just Another (Korean) American Dream

Just Another (Korean) American Dream

KPOP Sauce founders Theo and Mike pose at UCLA
KPOP Sauce founders Theo and Mike pose at UCLA

We've Always Loved Korean Food.

Growing up, there was nothing more exciting than sharing food. In Atlanta, Theo's grandma would bring everyone over to make a feast, and on the other side of the world, Mike was introducing his military buddies to Korean food in Seoul. A world away, their passion for Korean food (and soju) would soon bring them together.

What If We Brought Korean Flavors to America?

Mike and Theo met at UCLA Anderson, and the late nights in business school turned into late nights at Korean BBQ. Seeing their friends delighted reactions to the delicious and communal experience of Korean food sparked an idea: they could bring Korean flavors right to the people. Right there, KPOP Foods was born.

Late Nights in the Test Kitchen (well, Theo's apartment).

Theo's grandma had a secret recipe for gochujang sauce, a fermented chili paste that made anything delicious with its slow burn and tangy, savory spice. After countless hours of flavor concocting and mad scientist-ing, Mike and Theo emerged triumphant with their first bottle of KPOP Sauce.

KPOP Sauce founders Theo and Mike pose at UCLA
KPOP Sauce founders Theo and Mike pose at UCLA

We've Always Loved Korean Food.

Growing up, there was nothing more exciting than sharing food. In Atlanta, Theo's grandma would bring everyone over to make a feast, and on the other side of the world, Mike was introducing his military buddies to Korean food in Seoul. A world away, their passion for Korean food (and soju) would soon bring them together.

What If We Brought Korean Flavors to America?

After meeting at UCLA Anderson, Mike and Theo took many of their friends out to eat Korean food. Seeing their friends' reactions sparked an idea between the two: instead of going to get Korean food, what if they brought Korean flavors to the people? Right there, KPOP Foods was born.

Late Nights in the Test Kitchen (well, Theo's apartment).

Theo's Grandma had a secret recipe for gochujang, a fermented chili paste that made anything delicious with its slow, savory burn and tang. After many long nights in Theo's kitchen, Mike and Theo had finally made their first bottle of KPOP Sauce.

Our mission is to bring people together and uplift spirits by sharing Korean food and flavors.

Making Every Meal Special.

Whether you're quickly making eggs for breakfast or marinating ribs overnight, our products elevate every meal into something special.

KPOP Sauce founders Theo and Mike pose at UCLA
people enjoy using KPOP sauce to add heat and korean flavors to meals

Inviting People to Discover Korean Food and Flavors.

Just as Mike and Theo introduced their friends to Korean food, we invite people to discover Korean food and flavors through our delicious products. No need to go far—we've brought it to you.

Making Every Meal Special.

people enjoy using KPOP sauce to add heat and korean flavors to meals

Whether you're quickly making eggs for breakfast or marinating ribs overnight, our products elevate every meal into something special.

Inviting People to Discover Korean Food and Flavors.

Just as Mike and Theo introduced their friends to Korean food, we invite people to discover Korean food and flavors through our delicious products. No need to go far—we've brought it to you.

Good food, good people, and good times. What more could you ask for?

- Theo Lee, CEO & Co-Founder

Started from the Bottom, Now We're Here.

$10,000 reached

within the first 8 hours of our campaign

$37,627 pledged

funded 376% of original $10,000 goal

1,200+ backers

nominated "PROJECTS WE LOVE"

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