Min-Ga Korean Restaurant has been serving popular food for 20 years

Min-Ga Korean Restaurant has a long history in the Northwest side, serving a variety of ethnic dishes familiar and possibly exotic to common diners.

For the truly uninitiated, the Laklape ($22.95) are familiar beef ribs that are marinated for hours in a special seasoning-sweetened rub and cooked on the stovetop. Served on a spicy dish with white onions, they fill the air with a pleasant aroma.

You can’t go wrong with this one, said Joe Lee, the current owner of the restaurant, which has been a prime neighborhood for more than 20 years.

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Laklape, as with many dishes, is served with banchan, which are small side dishes that include kimchi, spiced cucumber, spinach, fish cake, and soaked bean sprouts.

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

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Stone pot bibimbap ($13.95) offers a fun way to grab a meal. Served with small pieces of marinated beef, the hot pot is covered with a bed of rice, bean sprouts, carrots, spinach and topped with a raw egg. The trick is to keep stirring the contents, allow the rice to become crispy, cook the eggs and mix in the different flavors.

The ubiquitous gochujang, a paste of red pepper, is served on the side.

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