Transparent strip-mall exteriors, bare interiors and stoic service mark most of the area's Korean restaurants — but not Shin Sa Dong. This swank shrine to Korean grill-your-own barbecue as well as banchan, the miniature bowls of Korean side dishes that include kimchi and jelly noodle salad and all sorts of other curiosities, is modern and elegan...
Except for a few places along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul and Hoban in Eagan, it seems like we have a real dearth of Korean restaurants in the Twin Cities. Perhaps that's why students and top chefs like Doug Flicker of Piccolo seemed to breathe a sigh of satisfaction when Kimchi Tofu House opened near the U of M. The Soondobu jigae — a steaming,...
Korean food is so much more than just barbecue, the common gateway into the cuisine. Adventurous eaters who want to try as broad a sampling as possible have to get to Myung Ga. The crispy rice at the bottom of the hot stone bowl in the dolsot bibimbap, with beef, bean sprouts, cucumber, and dried seaweed, will become your new standard for the si...
Before the summer of 2011, the only place to score late-night Korean food in the Valley was out of it — specifically, 360 miles away in L.A.'s Koreatown. But thanks to this welcoming west side restaurant, top-notch Korean cuisine can be had until 2 a.m. every day but Sunday. Post bites of banchan (the little dishes of marinated vegetables, kimch...
Entering Bon Ga from the steamy beige concrete of its strip-mall home is like the Korean version of stepping through C.S. Lewis's wardrobe; you emerge in another world, one that seems increasingly preferable to your own. Consistently attentive service; an inviting assortment of banchan; and fresh, straightforward takes on classics such as bibimb...
With a spartan amount of décor and plain copy-machine paper as placemats, Soy Tofu might at first appear to be the kind of place that cuts corners. But the more you settle in, the more you realize it focuses its efforts where it counts: on the food and the service. The kalbijim is extraordinary, an immense stew of intensely flavored, slow-cooked...
10045 Baltimore National Pike
It’s a trek to get here, true, but the theater of Honey Pig makes it worthwhile: No matter if only two people are ordering, they’ll still barbecue the spicy porky belly and the beef bulgogi before your eyes, on the circular table’s center console. Also, they’re open 24 hours a day every day, save for Monday, when they take a break from midnight ...
This K-Town Korean joint built its decade-long reputation on tofu, and it serves a particularly silken version cut into slices or mixed into stews, where it sops up flavor from pork, vegetables, and spicy orange broth. That tofu is worth your attention, but so are Cho Dang Gol's more carnivorous offerings, including dishes like the spicy galbi j...
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