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BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT Minneapolis 2010 - Dong Yang Oriental Food

Dong Yang Oriental Food

Dong Yang Oriental Food

735 45th Ave. NE

Columbia Heights, MN 55421

763-571-2009

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So much noise is made in the sense-world of food about the importance of taste—as well as its Siamese twin perception, smell—that we tend to ignore the rest of our senses in the midst of a meal. Sure, sight, with its inverse relationship with the stomach, gets some play, as does touch, what with Iron Chef judges flapping their lips about texture and "mouthfeel." But a good meal also appeals directly and passionately to that lonely fifth sense: sound. No joke. Remember the first time you heard fajitas whizzing past your table at Chi-Chi's? Human beings respond to that sound much like sharks react to the splashing of injured seal pups. That same killer instinct kicks in the moment you hear the approach of a sizzling dish, and no dish sizzles quite like the Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang—a hidden grocery-store lunch counter known only to devout food-seekers and Columbia Heights' sizeable Korean population. We're telling you, so ferociously will you devour this meal that it may as well be chum. The name means "hot stone bowl of mixed rice," and that stone is so scorching that its contents—rice, vegetables, and beef, topped elegantly by a single raw egg—sputter like sweat on a Harley tailpipe for five solid minutes while you gullet them down. Order "No. 13" and do as the Koreans do: Mix everything in the bowl before you eat it, dig for the crusty golden rice at the bottom, and don't forget to pile on the chili paste (it's in the ketchup bottle). Bring friends and round out the meal with succulent sliced beef (bulgogi), fried dumplings (mandu), kimchee pancakes (jeon), or short ribs (kalbi). Then commence with the full symphony of epicurean acoustics: slurping, mmmm-ing, burping, sighing, and groaning with the bloated pleasure of eating one of the Cities' most sensational culinary masterworks.

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chouaxyang559
chouaxyang559

The food is okay. But I have to say they have the worst service ever! I do not know who the owner is but the people in the back need to show a little respect for the customers. How do you tell the customer that you are closed but sell to another customer. I hope the owner will read this and get this corrected. You are loosing a lot of customers because of your BAD SERVICE.

jamn55121
jamn55121

I love this place and to be honest I was not a huge fan of Korean food. We have been back five times in the last month or so. To the other John you are way off. Go back to Perkins's or Appleyuks. This is real food cooked by real people. I have been eating and cooking for fifty years and this place is great. Is it a fine dining experience? No unless you enjoy food. thanks

Angie
Angie

As a Korean who was born and raised in the heart of Minnesota "midwest-nice", I have to say that I love this place with every inch of my being. The food reminds me of my mother's (who is a fantastic Korean cook). It's the only Korean restaurant I've been to in the Metro area that serves good, soulful, down home Korean food, and believe me, I've been to them ALL. The new ones, the old ones, the fancy ones, the crazy ones. Dong Yang is the tops.

As to the haters who don't like the "service", you can go to Applebees to get some cheesy smiles and flair. Think of this place like your grandma's kitchen: she serves you immense portions of her famously good food, slaps your hand if you try to sneak a pinch from the stove, and wipes food off your face while you try to fight her off. The ladies who churn out the cuisine are just like that. Koreans, and particularly old Korean ladies, are not going to lick your shoes while they cook your food for you. It's a cultural tick that might be hard for some hoity toities to understand, but you might notice that it never bothers the Koreans who eat there, it's what we were raised with. They'll yell at you like you were their kids, but never in a mean-spirited way and always with a serving of amazing Korean cuisine. Go, enjoy the experience. Your stomach will thank you.

Jon
Jon

I certainly am a fan of Dong Yang Foods. In contrary, to the comment made my John, Dong Yang is more of a fast, self-serve restaurant (not some 5 star restaurant). You order your food and you pick it up. (There are no servors). Also, there is little room for someone to judge the quality of service when you speak with a cashier once what you'd like to order. And mind you, most of their employees do not speak English well. The owner of Dong Yang is the main cook as of last week, if that helps. For the price you pay, Dong Yang Foods has the best selection of quality soul Korean food. Have you seen the main dishes? They don't cut back on ingredients (as most Korean restaurants do). All their dishes are full of flavor and are just as savory as they look--whether it's the bibimbop or the kalbi grill. If you're looking for Korean food, Dong Yang is the place.

However, be aware! Sundays are their busiest days!

Sara
Sara

I absolutely love the food here. Every time i have been here it has been delicious and I absolutely LOVE the owner. She is kind and cares a lot for her customers. All in all I would say Dong Yang is one of my favorite restaurants in Minnesota!

John
John

I understand this place has decent food. However, a restaurant should offer more than food. Atmosphere, service, etc., adds to the experience of the restaurant. I've had Korean food all over the country. Dong Yang is decent at best. It's not bad for Minnesota. However, the service here is awful. I've seen the workers there actually yell at some of the customers. Minnesota has big population of adopted Koreans that may be unfamiliar with Korean food and culture. This restaurant gives a bad name to our culture. Maybe there isn't enough Korean restaurants in Minnesota to be competitive. So they disregard the service aspect of the restaurant. It's almost like going to the soup Nazi.(minus the quality of the product) Again, I don't think the food is bad, it's just not worth the bad service. I really think it's shameful for them to represent Koreans in such a bad way. I guess when you have little competition for Korean restaurants, they really don't care how they treat their patrons. I love Korean food, but I'll either cook at home or go some where they appreciate your business.

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