Korean restaurant Min-Ga has been providing popular cuisine for 20 years

Min-Ga Korean Restaurant has a long history in the northwest, serving a wide variety of ethnic dishes that are both familiar and perhaps exotic to the public.

For the insiders, the la kalbi ($22.95) is a familiar bone-in prime rib that’s marinated for several hours in a special blend of sweet spices and cooked on a flat-top stove. They are presented on a sizzling platter with white onion, filling the air with pleasant aromas.

“You can’t go wrong with that,” said Joo Lee, current owner of the restaurant, which has been a neighborhood staple for more than 20 years.

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La kalbi, like many dishes, is served with banchan, small side plates that include kimchee, spice-rubbed cucumbers, spinach, fish cakes and pickled bean sprouts.

Korean cuisine is also widely known for bulgogi, another marinated meat dish that is also cooked on the flat grill. The spicy pork version ($16.95) gets a little heat with the addition of cayenne pepper.

The Stone Pot Bibimbap ($13.95) offers an interesting way to eat a meal. Served with small pieces of marinated beef, the hot bowl is covered with rice, bean sprouts, carrots, spinach and topped with a raw egg. The trick is to keep stirring the contents, allowing the rice to crisp, the egg to cook and the different flavors to blend.

The ubiquitous gochujang, a red pepper paste, is served as a side dish.

“The first time people eat it is probably the best time for them,” Lee said.

Min-Ga offers a wide range of noodle dishes, such as japchae ($12.95), a stir-fry that uses light noodles made from sweet potato flour, beef or tofu, eggs, carrots , mushrooms and onions in a black skillet sauce that seems to hold everything together.

Zha jiang myun ($13.95) has thin, chewy noodles tossed in a dark black bean sauce, the darkness of which belies a sweet, earthy taste. The plate is served with sliced ​​pork, yellow onion and crispy cucumber.

For those looking for a popular dish among Koreans, naeng myun ($13.95) is a cold noodle soup, although broth is optional, with sweet and sour sauce, pear or apple, eggs, cucumber and shredded breast.

“A lot of people like to eat this in the summer,” Lee said.

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A 12-inch round version of the savory Korean pancake ($14.95) features spicy kimchee, a variety of seafood – shrimp, calamari and mussels – with seasoned soy sauce on the side.

While Korean cuisine may not be as popular as Chinese or Japanese, it is distinct and worth a closer look for those who haven’t tasted the food yet, Lee said.

“You have to try it,” Lee said. “I’ve met so many people who haven’t tried it. Each dish has a lot of flavor. »

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Min-Ga Korean Restaurant

Or: 800 Bethel Road, northwest side

Hours: from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

Contact: 614-457-7331, https://www.min-gakoreanrestaurant.com/

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