Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gangnam Korean Restaurant

Rocketman took a few days off between Christmas and New Year's and we ate lunch out just about every day. On this day, he wanted to eat at Firehouse Subs which is located in a strip mall at the intersection of Hwy. 36 and White Bear Ave. in Maplewood, MN. As we went to park, he noticed this restaurant and we immediately decided to try it.
It was around 11 am and we were the only customers. But the owner and greeter was Korean which is always a good sign when looking for authentic Korean food.
              The banchan (side dishes) were delicious and Rocketman even opted for bori cha (barley tea).
My choice was kimchi jjigae and it was the best I have ever had, inside or outside of Korea. The flavor was amazing and just as spicy as I would get in Korea. The pork was so tender, it melted in your mouth.
Rocketman chose spicy chicken bulgogi better known as dalk galbi. He was shocked at how delicious it was. I tried it to and loved it. We usually have low expectations when eating at a Korean restaurant outside of Korea and were blown away but how delicious the food was.
 We went back yesterday which if you are keeping track is twice in a week. We let the owner know how much we loved her food and she was surprised and happy to see us back so soon.
                     The kimchi is delicious here and just as spicy as I would get in Korea.
                 This day they also had a favorite banchan of mine, odaeng (fishcakes). Yummy!
                 I had to get the kimchi jjigae again. I had been craving it since our first visit.
Rocketman chose ddeok mandu guk which is dumpling and rice cake soup. It too was delicious. As we were entering the restaurant, there was a guy looking at the menu posted on the window and as we walked by, I told him that the food here was delicious. He ended up eating there too. I hope he liked it too.
                                                           Here is the take out menu.

I highly recommend Gangnam Korean Restaurant if you are looking for authentic Korean food. Don't be surprised if you see us there!

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