Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    White Hot Ramen: Zen Box Breaks the Tonkotsu Spell, Tries Paitan Ramen on for Size

    If your idea of a perfect bowl of ramen features rich porky broth with fatty slabs of pork belly bobbing around, you're not alone. Tonkotsu ramen, or pork bone ramen, is a chef's -- and diner's -- darling. But in their ongoing, epic quest for the perfect bowl, Zen Box owners John Ng and Lina Goh h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    One Two Three Sushi to Open Fifth Location, Third in Minneapolis Skyway

    On the count of three -- October, November, December -- One Two Three Sushi will open a fifth location, its third in the Minneapolis skyway. Part of the expanding Sushi Avenue empire, One Two Three Sushi rolls out quick-service sushi, ramen, and buns in a Chipotle-style, made-to-order fashion. Its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Zen Box's Ramen Massive Attack Brings Ramen Burgers to the Twin Cities This Sunday

    All of you ramen fans out there better get ready to hold onto your hats, because one of the biggest names in Twin Cities ramen is throwing down with a party of epic proportions. John Ng and Lina Goh of Downtown Minneapolis's Zen Box Izakaya are hosting their second annual Ramen Massive Attack! and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Seven offers all-you-can-eat sushi Mondays in downtown Minneapolis

    The Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar isn't just four different restaurant names smashed together. It is the full name of the nightlife epicenter most diners call Seven, a place where the classy folks of the Twin Cities come to drink cosmos. It's also host to a weekly all-you-can-eat sushi b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 16, 2014

    Soberfish brings Thai-Japanese fusion to Seward

    The new restaurant treads familiar waters in the old True Thai location

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Taste of Thailand vs. On's Thai Kitchen: Pad Thai pandemonium

    When it comes to food from other cultures, "authentic" is a tricky designation. Not only is authenticity complicated by ingredient sourcing and the quality of the chefs themselves, when another country's cuisine is transposed onto our local dining scene, often only the most basic recipes survive. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Kyatchi's Hide Tozawa on Minnesota sushi bars: "Most aren't doing it right"

    Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Meet Me in St. Louis Park: A trip to Taste of India's lunch buffet

    Many fine Indian restaurants in Minnesota serve up a lunch buffet, but not all of these smorgasbords are created equal. At some locations, the spread is no more than glorified leftovers from last night's dinner. At Taste of India in St. Louis Park, it's the perfect introduction to a cuisine that's b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 19, 2014

    Kyatchi strikes out and hits some home runs

    From baseball to sushi, this new Japanese eatery blends East and West with mixed results

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    First look: Kyatchi

    The corner of 38th and Nicollet Avenue is fast becoming a magnet for food lovers. There's the established Blackbird Cafe on one corner, a meat shop on another, and Five Watt Coffee (with a unicorn stable available for rent by the hour according to their sign) opening soon. And across the street from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Drunken Sake to open in former True Thai space

    It looks as though the lights at 26th Street and Franklin Avenue might not be dark for much longer. Drunken Sake, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will open soon at that address, the former location of True Thai. We spoke with the co-owner to get the scoop on this new spot.See also:True Thai closed

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Zen Box Izakaya brings worldly inspiration to their ramen

    The Ramen Attacks lines were epic. By some accounts, people waited, with varying degrees of patience, for over four hours to get a bowl of those coveted noodles. At Zen Box Izakaya the winter wait time has been reduced drastically. Chef and owner John Ng just returned from a culinary tour of Japan a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Quang vs. Jasmine Deli: Pho Fight

    Sadly, traditional dishes with working-class origins often mutate into pretty, convenient, much less soulful mass-market versions. Beef stroganoff becomes Hamburger Helper, calzones become P'zones, and Greek yogurt becomes fat-free Yoplait, "packed with protein" in its little pouch like face cream- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Long lines hamper Ramen Attack! block party

    As Chef John Ng and Lina Goh were plotting their first Ramen Attack! event, we warned them: If the weather is nice, you'll likely be inundated. There haven't been many ramen events in the Twin Cities, but we've learned from the past two that people will show up in droves for the chance to slurp some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Zen Box Izakaya to throw big-time ramen bash

    The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Dinkytown location of One, Two, Three Sushi opens today

    Though recent plans for a new multi-use six-story building proposed for Dinkytown have been met with pushback from longtime residents, the soon-to-return student population is still very much in need of some new, more diverse dining options. Thankfully, a locally-based company with a custo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 19, 2013

    Best Twin Cities restaurants you haven't tried

    These excellent metro eateries have been around for a while, but if you haven't paid them a visit, you should

  • Restaurants

    January 23, 2013

    Raku Sushi finds success with tradition

    New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well

  • Restaurants

    October 3, 2012

    Copper Pot's adventurous eats

    Masterfully serving traditional and unconventional Indian food in Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities

    One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Top 10 Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities

    See also: Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities Top 10 cupcake shops in the Twin Cities Top 10 dive bars in the Twin Cities Could Indian food be the perfect regional cuisine? Its exquisite blending of perfectly balanced spices beckon equally in the sultry days of summer or on frigid winter nights. ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 1, 2012

    Karta offers Thai with a smile

    New Northeast spot has a lot to make diners happy, including the prices

  • Restaurants

    June 20, 2012

    Tadka and Ipotli: Go Indian for dinner, lunch, and … breakfast?

    A Lake Street bistro and skyway grab-and-go will spice up your whole day

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    At Social House's happy hour, the price is right

    Social House2919 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.824.6300; Social House websiteHours & Details:Daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.Monday-Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight$4 house sake$4 house wine1/2-priced drinks1/2-priced small plates1/2-priced select maki rollsRecently, while meandering through Uptown, we decided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Sushi Fix: Yes, you can get great sushi from a food truck

    We heard a few people remarking, "Sushi from a truck?" suspiciously behind us, but we were too busy eagerly delivering another bite into our mouths to answer. Instead we waved enthusiastically with chopsticks before turning back for another dish to devour.The Sushi Fix truck is the realization of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Masu Sushi & Robata goes the extra mile for happy hour

    Masu Sushi & Robata330 E. Hennepin Ave.,Minneapolis612.332.6278; Masu Sushi website Hours & Details:Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10-12 p.m. Sunday, 9-11 p.m.Late-night menu: Monday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnightSunday, 9-11p.m.Discounted menu items and various drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Masu Sushi and Robata makes list of best new American sushi restaurants

    Just a month after being awarded Best Sushi in City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities issue, Tim McKee and Katsuyuki Yamamoto's Masu Sushi and Robata in northeast Minneapolis got a much grander shout-out when it made the list of Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Sushi Restaurants in America. Bon ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 25, 2012

    The Social House takes over Zeno in Uptown

    Stylish setting with intermittently tasty food

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Top 10 sushi restaurants in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities may not be renowned for its fresh seafood, but we do have some respectable options when it comes to sushi. With the Japanese culinary staple becoming more and more ubiquitous, it helps to have an idea of which places consistently offer the freshest, tastiest sushi. A hot dog is oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Social House in Uptown: A first look

    Yael GrauerSocial House's Albunai roll: More style than substance.​Social House is exquisite. The decor, that is. The restaurant, however, may still be a bit of a work in progress. We arrived to the buzzing Uptown eatery at around 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and were promptly asked if we were o ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 26, 2011

    Zen Box Izakaya hones in on Japanese pub grub

    Washington Avenue location expands Zen beyond the skyway

  • Restaurants

    August 31, 2011

    Kinsen Noodles' ambiance outshines the food

    Style over substance in Uptown

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Ed Fong of David Fong's: Chef Chat Part 1

    Ed Fong at David Fong's​David Fong's first opened its doors in 1958 as a small takeout chow mein joint. In 1966, it moved to its present location on Lyndale Avenue in Bloomington. David Sr. and his wife Helen started the business, and when they retired, they turned it over to eldest son Ed Fong, k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Crave Galleria: A suburban happy hour of the week

    Enter the suburban happy hour...​Crave 3520 Galleria, Edina 952.697.6000Hours and Details:Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. and 9 to closeSunday, 8 to close$3 pita & hummus, mini burgers, mini desserts, tuna roll, negihana roll, shrimp nigiri or edamame$4 mini margherita, pepperoni, or Italian p ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 8, 2011
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    April 27, 2011

    Hopkins gets three new worldly restaurants

    Check out Samba, Curry 'N' Noodles, and Aji

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Masu Sushi & Robata: A sneak peek Inside

    Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets Nordeast​Take the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Jasmine 26's long, foodful happy hour

    Many, many happy hours​Jasmine 268 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.870.3800Hours and Details:Daily, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-close$3 selected beers$5 martinis and cocktails--cucumber martini, ginger fizz, margarita, pom bomb1/2 off all wine and sake by the glass and bottle$4.95 appetizers--te ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 23, 2011

    Naviya's and On's Thai spice up the Twin Cities

    Two new Thai restaurants in Linden Hills and St. Paul

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Indochin now open on Grand Avenue

    Indochin arrives on Grand Avenue.​Last month, sisters Ha Tu and Thu Nguyen, owners of the Que Nha restaurant at 849 University Avenue in St. Paul, opened a new restaurant, Indochin, at the nearby location of 1702 Grand Avenue. The Asian American Press reports that the Indochin menu will initi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Korean food 101: Intro to banchan

    Kei TerauchiKorean meal is never complete without banchan​Recently, the Hot Dish received a letter from a reader suggesting an article on banchan, the little dishes that automatically appear on tables at Korean restaurants. I find that whole process alienating, since I have no idea what I am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, new Twins infielder, spotted at Origami downtown

    MLBNishioka tries out taste of home in MN​For the Minnesota Twins, spring training starts in less than two weeks in Fort Meyers, Florida. With the harsh winter we've been having, you'd think they might make an early migration. But one brand-new Twin was embracing the cold and trying out a local re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    University Buffet, a Chinese food glutton's paradise, opens near Capitol

    Lu LippoldOne of the many shrimp options at the buffet​My fortune cookie at the University Buffet said, "Think about your own mistakes rather than blame on other's faults" (sic). Had I not received this advice, I might have tried to blame someone for the soggy wontons in the soup or that weird ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Pho Tau Bay vs. Pho 79: An Eat Street pho face-off

    Danielle LenzPho 79's signature pho: like a hug in a bowl​You may have heard by now that when it comes to Vietnamese food, Minnesota serves up some of the best in the country, at least according to Anthony Bourdain. We couldn't agree more. And with the recent arctic temperatures, this is fortu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Local playwright Aditi Kapil serves a multicultural menu

    Playwright Aditi Kapil juggles dishes from many cultures​Local playwright Aditi Kapil is in a unique position: Her new play Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale will be staged simultaneously next month at Mixed Blood Theater and Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play, an international fab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Gorkha Palace: A meal in photos

    Kate N.G. Sommers​ I was excited to hear that the delicious momo I seem to crave on chilly Saturday mornings from the Mill City farmers market would be served at the new restaurant, Gorkha Palace. Gorkha features Indian, Nepali and Tibetan cuisine in the old Mairin's Table location, a cozy lo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 3, 2010

    Twin Cities south Asian hot spots

    Gorkha Palace, Darbar India Grill, and more

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    November 3, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen: Will it lift the curse?

    Popular restaurateur boldly closes Azia to embark on new challenge

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Lunch at Obento-ya: a photo tour

    Sharyn Morrow​ Having friends who are chefs means you have to sneak time to hang out with them during random days off, or before they go to work. On this particular day, we headed to Obento-ya for lunch with Chris Olson.

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