100 Favorite Dishes: No. 23, World Street Kitchen's BBQ beef Yum Yum bowl

The Yum Yum bowl: do believe the hype

The Yum Yum bowl: do believe the hype

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.

There was a time, not too long ago, when our access to the Yum Yum bowl was limited. We could only track down this divine dish on some days, outside, at the mercy of the whims of the ketchup-colored World Street Kitchen truck. When the owners turned that truck into a full-on brick-and-mortar restaurant, Yum Yum lovers rejoiced. Then WSK went a step further and added a delivery option to the lucky souls who live near their Lyndale Avenue location. Despite our now relatively easy access to this dish, the Yum Yum bowl hasn't lost any of its allure.

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A deep bowl is filled with fluffy rice then packed with kimchi, bulgogi beef short ribs, spicy sauce, and, nestled at the heart of it all, a quivering poached egg. The tender beef slices are shellacked in a sweet and savory, ever-so-slightly spicy sauce common in Korean barbecue. Each morsel is salty and luscious with crispy little edges. The fun of the bowl is bursting that egg and mixing the whole thing into messy, delicious oblivion. Each scoop brings an exciting new mix of flavors: tangy cabbage, creamy heat, satisfying chew from the rice, snappy sesame seeds -- all swathed in that rich egg.

As fun as it is to eat, it also requires a Herculean appetite to finish, but we'll be damned if we don't keep trying. It's worth the $12 every single time.

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