A few weeks ago, we decided to try Minato on Queen Street and have been back a couple times since. Although I wasn't a big fan of the sushi, I've loved all the Korean dishes that we've tried. Our favorites have definitely been the rice-based Bee Bim Bap, and the Mandoo Guk, a traditional Korean Dumpling Soup.
On this night out, we stareted with the always good palate teaser, the Shrimp & Veggie Tempura. I could make a whole meal of this dish; plump shrimp, creamy sweet potato and tender zucchinni deep fried to a crispy goodness and served with a sweet and salty dipping sauce.
The Bee Bim Bap is served in a searing hot stone bowl. A layer of greens, carrots, bean sprouts and sesame seeds cloak a mound of white rice, which is then topped with a raw egg and served with spicy sauce. The idea here is that you stir the ingredients around so that the heat from the bowl and hot rice cooks the egg. I love watching people getting ready to eat this dish – the sheer excitement of a sizzling bowl and the anticipation of the final result as they break the yoke is a pretty good show.
Bee Bim Bap
The Mandoo Guk is a surprisingly filling vegetarian soup that has often been my way to perk up within the last few cold, damp and rainy weeks. A steamy, revitalizing broth with earthy mushrooms and plump, tender dumplings is a meal in itself, and fulfills the heartiest of appetites when you add in the served bowl of rice served alongside.