Korean Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    Dong Hae Surprises with Culinary Pyrotechnics in a Lackluster Setting

    Once upon a time, there was a funny little hidden place, a place that even the most fearless gastronauts didn't always know about. First, one had to drive to Columbia Heights -- a far-flung place in itself-- and then locate the odd little grocery in the strip mall there. Then, just when diners thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Where to Eat on Payne Avenue, St. Paul's New Dining Destination

    St. Paul's Payne Avenue is shaping up to be a restaurant strip worth a second, third, and even fourth look. Something of a latecomer to the gentrification game, the city's East Side has long been blighted by vacant and boarded homes, symbols of declining industry. But thanks to some forward-thinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Food truck guide 2014: The best new and returning mobile kitchens in the Twin Cities

    Our ever-evolving food truck scene has undergone yet another wave of transformation. Back in its infancy, the main challenges facing these vehicular restaurants were getting proper permits and finding available street parking. Then came the success stories, the kooky concepts, the carts, the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Dong Yang vs. Hoban: Bulgogi blowout

    To paraphrase noted poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "In the spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of grilled meat." While Minnesota lifers know another snowstorm is not inconceivable, burgers, brats, and juicy steaks on the grill are just around the corner. If you haven't scraped your gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole talks design, brunch, and being "non-traditional"

    It's been a very busy few years for Thomas Kim. He's moved cities, become a new dad, and opened not one but two successful restaurants with partner Kat Melgaard -- the Left Handed Cook and just recently the Rabbit Hole, both in the Midtown Global Market. With two eateries so close to each ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 27, 2013

    It's palates in wonderland at the Rabbit Hole

    The new Midtown Global Market neighbor wins over hearts and stomachs

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The Rabbit Hole opens today and here's a peek at the menu

    It's official: This afternoon Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard will welcome guests to The Rabbit Hole, the pair's second venture after their acclaimed Korean soul food spot, The Left-Handed Cook.See Also:The Rabbit Hole kicks off Kickstarter campaignSignature Dish: Thomas Kim of The Left Handed Cook

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    First-annual Great Minnesota Food Truck Rally

    Without question, a gathering of food trucks is cause for celebration. Throw in some beer and local music and it's likely an evening of fun. Now, not every gathering has been a huge success, poor planning and high prices have plagued some other truck events. The difference with this event is that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Gogi Brothers Korean BBQ truck hits the streets

    Finally, there's a truck serving finger-licking Korean-style barbecue on the streets of the Twin Cities. Ever since Roy Choi's Kogi truck kicked off the food truck revolution, we've been waiting for someone to bring us some mobile bulgogi. Today we found that truck.See Also:Second Annual Food Truck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Signature Dish: The Left Handed Cook's Thomas Kim

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Best places for post-holiday eating: A round-up, part 2

    In a day or so, perhaps even sooner, you'll be sick of trying to "get creative" with whatever odd scraps of holiday leftovers are still lingering in your fridge and definitely not in the mood for more carbs, cream cheese, or cookies. It's that post-holiday battle with lethargy and we want to he ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 13, 2012

    Left Handed Cook is all right

    A tasty new addition comes to Midtown Global Market: Asian soul food

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Best new Twin Cities street eats

    Brent SchoonoverThe best of this season's new street eats!​This week's Dish column visits this season's new fleet of street food vendors in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The new vehicles have greatly expanded the mobile culinary offerings to include everything from meatball subs to froz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Vellee Deli food truck serves fusion cuisine curbside

    It's a Vellee good day in the neighborhood​Vellee Deli's slick black truck has been winding through Minneapolis and Saint Paul streets serving a combination of Mexican and Asian cuisines.  The new mobile kitchen is owned and operated by William Xiong and his partner/executive chef Joyce Truon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang Oriental Food: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 31

    Kei TerauchiDolsot bibimbop: the food pyramid in a stone pot​It may be true that fast food provides you the most calories per dollar. But you are paying for processed fat and starch flavored to taste acceptable to the tolerant palate. If you are looking to fill up on healthy and full-flavored ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 65

    A slice of Korean-Italian heaven...​I am not alone in my reverence of the Lady ZaZa, although when I first made her acquaintance, this lovely dish had not yet been christened with a proper name. She was known simply as the kimchi pizza among those who frequented Ann Kim's hugely popular Pizzeria L ... 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

    January 19, 2011

    What restaurants are the Twin Cities missing?

    Kris DrakeNow that Subo's closed, we need a place for Filipino-style grilled snapper!​While Twin Cities restaurants offer an abundance of some global cuisines, they're missing some critical dishes--and entire regions. Here are five types of restaurants the Hot Dish finds sorely lacking, severa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Chino Latino's Tuan Nguyen: Chef Chat, part 1

    ​Noticed the new Chino Latino billboards? No, they're not as outrageous/enraging as its past campaigns. These billboards feature the supersized eye of the restaurant's new executive chef, Tuan Nguyen. Nguyen, Chino Latino's first Asian executive chef, joins the restaurant 25 years into his car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ringo to close this weekend

    Goodbye Ringo--or should we say, au revoir or adios?​On the heels of Sauce's closure, another West End tenant will shut its doors: The Star Tribune reports that Ringo has announced it will close after service on Dec. 18. The news is disappointing, though not surprising--here's why:

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Minnesota State Fair taste test: best new foods

    These are the best new fair foods we sampled.​We put on our most obnoxious-sloganed T-shirt, slathered up with sunscreen, and braved the crowds to find out how this year's new Minnesota State Fair food options stacked up to our predictions. Here are our picks on what's worth stretching the ela ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 23, 2010

    Ringo offers worldly menu

    From South Korea to South Africa

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Raku: Now Open

    ​How is it that Edina doesn't have a Japanese restaurant yet? Crave has a sushi bar and Ikasu Sushi Bar & Lounge did a brief turn at Centennial Lakes, but 50th and France has seemed long past due for a spot where Edinans can teach their tots about the pleasures of raw fish. The new Raku at 393 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Epic Sandwich: Modern Café's pork, kimchi and hog fat sandwich

    The Modern Cafe in NE Minneapolis seemed like the perfect lunch spot on a cold day, but I made an unfortunate sandwich selection.

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    August 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    WSJ: Korean influence rising, even in 'ol Minnesota

    Minnesota cited as a bellwether of an expanding food trend of Korean-inspired dishes.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Newsweek mentions L.A.'s "Golden Gopher" bar

    Sadly, it is just a diversion on the way to the main course: Kogi, the world's first "viral restaurant."

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    King's Fine Korean: great for groups

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    As if you needed another reason to love this place, here ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 25, 2004

    Little Jack's Big Change

    New owners keep the best of the mid-century midwestern steakhouse; add Korean comforts

  • Restaurants

    January 8, 2003

    King's And I

    A Korean karaoke club comforts with casseroles, kimchi, and character

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    December 4, 1996
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    January 17, 1996