Gogi Bros. House Korean Cuisine
Korea’s in the spotlight and so is its food. The Olympics set a bigger place at the table for this often overlooked Asian cuisine.
Food Truck Beginnings
Eden Prairie is a surprising place to find a Korean restaurant, much less a food truck. The refurbished tiger-striped, Asian wonder on wheels grew a customer base. Food truck events generated a demand for more Korean food offerings. The Gogi Bros. opened a brick-and-mortar site in the Shady Oak Retail Center, a plain suburban strip mall, shadowed by office parks.
The Gogi Bros. House stands in stark contrast to the predictable chains that permeate the outer-ring suburbs. The namesake tiger-striped entrance foreshadows the unique dining experience to come.
Korean Barbeque and More
Give Korean fusion food a try and discover a new kind of barbecue. The Olympics are a good excuse, but great eating extends beyond the games. Go for the gold in bold flavors and you’ll come out a winner every time. Here are a few stars that will have you back for another round.
Pajeon (Korean Pancakes)
For starters, go with the housemade Pajeon pan-fried Korean pancakes. Astringent Asian flavors ramp up humble potato pancakes drizzled with a salty sesame-speckled sauce. Their crisp onion-infused sear culminates with a palate-cleansing zip. ($9.95)
Bulgogi Platter (Korean Beef Barbecue)
Gogi means meat in Korean and barbecue is the calling here. Among the many barbecue selections, the bulgogi platter makes a memorably meaty main dish. Shreds of marinated beef barbecue drape along a tidy rice mound. A profusion of banchan (side dishes) both heightens and tempers the meaty rice blend. The banchan include:
- Spicy kimchi
- Fiery pineapple
- Cool marinated cucumbers
- Starchy potatoes
- And tender broccoli
The bulgogi was a feast for the eyes that spread all over the table. Again, the portions of meat, rice and sides are so generous, take home containers are inevitable. ($16.95)
Kimchi Fried Rice
Kimchi finds its way into many Korean foods: take the fried rice entrée. The addition of kimchi cultivates heat but not too much. Red pepper flakes stand out against the white short-grained rice, vegetable and egg mixture. The dish is strangely addictive; it’s hard to put the fork (or chopsticks) down – good thing because there’s a lot of kimchi fried rice to be had. The volume proved more than enough for lunch. Happily, the left overs retained their appeal over more than one at home meal. ($8.95)
The Last Bite
If you are new to Korean food, the Gogi Bros. House is a good place to start. Their fusion approach bridges American tastes with traditional Korean cuisine. Pull up a chair and eat Korean style! Just be sure to try some of all the sides.
– The Gogi Bros. House: 6407 City West Parkway, Suite C-7, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; (952) 941-4644;