ABOUT OUR CHEF:
Jason Chow was never meant to be an accountant.
As a Malaysian, he grew up with flavors and influences from all around Asia—China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia. Helping his mom make homemade dishes for the family first lit his culinary spark.
Putting passions aside, he pursued a conventional path, and Jason went to college for accounting. But documents and balance sheets couldn’t compete with the thrill and heat of the kitchen, the alchemy of taking raw ingredients and creating a masterpiece.
So, after re-aligning his life’s pursuit with culinary school, he began work as a Cantonese-style dim sum chef in his home country, mastering Hong Kong barbecue—from Peking duck to roasted, crispy suckling pig. The chef’s life took him across the globe, from Malaysia and Singapore to New York, from grilling street-food to plating in 5-star hotels.
Following his move to the Triangle, Jason brought his 12 years of Indo-Chinese mastery and took on Japan. He started fresh, learning the art of preparing authentic Japanese sushi and hibachi, personally studying under the sushi master Masa-San.
Now, at Koi, he offers you the best from his travels and his craft: his sensibilities from a Malaysian upbringing, his experience from grilling on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, his education under Thai food masters in New York City, and 13 years of mastering sushi.
Jason has carefully designed his sushi menu, but he has his favorites. His recommendation? The house specialty Koi Roll: smoked salmon, shrimp, and cucumber rolled reverse and topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and avocado.
And when it’s in season, he suggests you try his favorite sushi fish: Shima-aji, unique fish with a firm flesh and a hint of coconut flavor to it.
Koi fish hold a unique significance to Asian cultures. In China, they symbolize prosperity and in Japanese folklore, they represent courage and determination, earning the moniker, "the Warrior's Fish."
But they are also social creatures who form close bonds of friendship with each other—and some koi have been reported to have lived for over onehundred years, together in peace.
As you walk in, we invite you to pause by our pond and reflect on their bonds of friendship—and bring it with you as you share a meal at our table.