Ahi Poke Bowl Owner Talks Good Food & New Opportunities
Jan 23, 2017 06:51AM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Good food and more is what Khang Vo is all about, owner and chef at Ahi Poke Bowl in Arlington. We recently wrote and article highlighting his restaurant, "Ahi Poke Bowl Brings Hawaiian Delicacy to South Arlington," but we wanted to know more. Who is this man that was able to work his way to chef, who had previously never enjoyed cooking?
Khang Vo is an incredibly kind man who found himself in Hawaii after moving from his home in Vietnam over 15 years ago. He at first had never really enjoyed cooking or gave it much thought. However, one of his first jobs was at a Japanese restaurant as a bus boy. It was here that he learned to appreciate Japanese food.
He eventually moved up to being a waiter, his kind and likable personality getting noticed. He was so liked, in fact, that the head chef offered to train him to become a hibachi chef himself. Overwhelmed at the great and rare opportunity, Khang gladly accepted. The rest is history.
Khang has 5 children in total, 2 from his wife's previous relationship and 3 together. Their ages range from 17 to 3 years old, and Khang happily joked that "he has a long way to go!"
Though he loves his family, he admits that it's been difficult to create family time together, as he is often working. "It's important work," Khang said. "I work a lot, and it's all for my kids."
When talking about the dishes at his work, the octopus and ahi tuna were his top two choices. According to Khang, it's all about "the flavors."
When he isn't busy cooking at Ahi Poke, he loves to get in touch with his Vietnamese roots at home and cook plenty of soups. His favorites are typically Vietnamese-style noodle soups that he grew up with.
"Everybody loves good food," Khang said. "Food is colorful, it's art. There are just so many things to choose from. Good food gives everyone a good feeling, especially when it's for the whole family to enjoy. It really is special. It doesn't matter who you are, everybody loves good food!"Recently, Khang was approached by the Stonebriar Mall in Frisco with an offer to open up a second restaurant. Though Khang would love to, he was sure that he wouldn't be able to afford it. Luckily, there is a small kiosk in the food court that he is currently considering expanding to. "It could be a great opportunity!" Khang said on the subject.
Hopefully in the future we will be seeing more of Ahi Poke Bowl! In the meantime, be sure to stop by and say hi to Khang and order some tasty food if you find yourself in Arlington.
Visit Ahi Poke Bowl's website to learn more about the menu and location.