Korean Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Review: Dosi Takes a Lighthearted, Unpretentious Approach to its Food

    The smoked Spanish mackerel at Dosi Restaurant Soju Bar looks like pop art on a plate. Bite-size rectangles of luminescent filet as tender as one could wish for are each garnished with a strip of lardo so thin that it's translucent. Rolls made of equally thin strips of celery stand on end, adding ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Review: Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen Only has a few Good Surprises

    Several restaurants, namely Ava, Trenza and Katsuya by Starck, all tried to make a go of it at West Ave. Even having big chef names attached, like Robert del Grande and Katsuya Uechi, did not help these restaurants succeed. West Ave may be great for residents, but it's an awful design for business v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Review: Gyu-Kaku Brings Japanese Barbecue to Houston in Style

    "Just 15 to 20 seconds per side," said our server as she delivered a plate of toro beef tare to the table. One of the several meat selections that came with our course menu for two, this looked different from the rest. Heavily striated with fat, the thin strips looked a lot like bacon. When placed o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    First Look at Dosi, A Korean Small Plates Restaurant and Soju Bar

    It would be tempting to visit Dosi just for Korean fried chicken. The tempura-battered free range chicken comes to the table tantalizingly stacked in a mound of tasty, bright orange, spicy-sweet gochugang (Korean red pepper) glaze, without a doubt the best version you can find in Houston at the mome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Korean Al-Bap: A Party in a Hot Stone Bowl

    A few years ago I spent some time in Korea, and I absolutely fell in love with the food. Things I thought I wouldn't enjoy--kimchi with fish for breakfast, noodles made of mung bean jelly, fried squid on a skewer--are dishes I now crave when I'm feeling nostalgic for my time in that beautiful countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    First Look at Nara by Donald Chang

    Nara. There's something so inherently sensual about the way in the which the name rolls off the tongue. Spoken with a Japanese intonation, the "r" sound takes on the form of a soft "d," so that that it sounds like a secretive whisper of some sort: "Nah-dhah." My first time there, I admit I didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 54, Kimchi Koagie at Koagie Hots

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Kimchi Bibimbap, Hangover Chicken Soup & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my meal ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Nara Debuts Korean Grill Room With an Upscale Take on Traditional Meals

    In Korean, gogigui means, literally, roasting meat, and that's exactly what you do in Nara's new grill room, which opens to the public today, December 19. Traditionally, diners prepare the Korean "barbecue" themselves at tables with built-in gas or charcoal grills in an informal setting. But at Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Donald Chang Opens Nara, a 'Modern Korean' Restaurant in West Ave, to Much Fanfare

    Suddenly, it seems everyone is talking about Nara. After remaining somewhat under the radar for the past several weeks, Nara, which opened last night, is now being discussed on blogs and on TV, And at first glance, you might wonder why. For starters, it's a Korean and Japanese restaurant opening in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 98, Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. Just as Katharine Shilcutt did before her, and Robb Walsh before that, Kaitlin will eat and learn as she goes, compiling a list of the 100 dishes she th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Matt Pak of Koagie Hots, and His Gourmet Korean-ized Food Truck Fare

    This is the third part of a three-part chef chat series. If you missed the first parts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we chatted with 28-year-old Matt Pak, a self-trained chef who had worked up the kitchen ranks since the age of 15. Like many young chef-entrepreneurs around t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Matt Pak of Koagie Hots and The Golden Grill, on Life as a Food Truck Owner

    This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Matt Pak, the chef and co-owner of Koagie Hots and The Golden Grill food trucks, about how he got started in the food world. He also told us about his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Matt Pak of Koagie Hots and the Golden Grill Food Trucks, on the Korean Tapas Restaurant He Would Have Opened

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Parts two and three will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. Korean food is full of flavor and texture, its tastiness so addictive that it brought national attention to LA's @kogibbq truck, whose claim to fame was Korean barbecue-s ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisine

    To say that Koreans like beef is an understatement. To say that Koreans love their beef as much as Texans do is getting closer. South Koreans eat about 20 pounds of beef per person year, and although that number is much lower than the average U.S. consumption of 60 pounds per person, it's a number t ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 26, 2012

    The Bounty of Dadami

    For an evening at this Korean restaurant, come hungry, and with friends.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Making the Most Out of Kimchi

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Arirang Korean Restaurant Is Now Arirang Delicious Dumplings

    Arirang Korean Restaurant was never as popular as the Tofu Village down the street. Maybe it was the poor ventilation, which had you reeking of Korean barbecue by the time you left its doors, or the notoriously poor service. Whatever the case, the owners have done the smart thing and turned it into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Nabi Debuts New Korean Side of a Trimmed-Down Menu

    Nabi has quickly turned into my favorite neighborhood restaurant. It's the answer to the question Where do I want to eat tonight? when I'm not dining out for work and instead want to relax over good food with good friends. It's inexpensive -- especially during happy hour -- and offers a range of op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Korean Barbecue Marinades

    When you want Korean barbecue, and you want it fast, prepared meat marinades are the way to go. Now you can have a weekday dinner that's both quick and tasty. What is it? Bulgogi, which translates to "fire meat" in Korean, involves cooking marinated beef, pork, or chicken over a hot grill. In mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Korean Red Pepper Paste

    Photo by John SuhBibigo from CJ Foods is the new kid on the gochujang block and pretty delicious.​What is it? A staple of Korean food, red pepper paste (or gochujang) is a condiment made from fermented soy beans, red chili pepper powder, glutinous rice, and sometimes garlic and onion. It is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Hand-made Korean Noodles and Kickin' Kimchi

    Photos by Mai PhamInstead of banchan side dishes, you get an urn of some of the best kimchi I've had in Houston​The thought of eating handmade noodles was too tantalizing to ignore. So within a week of hearing that they were a specialty at Korean Noodle House (1415 Murray Bay St., 713-463-8870 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    A Mini Food Tour Through Korea Town

    Photos by Mai PhamThe English translation was "cow's feet," but it was just a beef shank soup with tendon at Korean Diner.​Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I can read Korean. So if you take me out of my comfort zone and into the Korea Town (K-Town)/Spring Branch area of Houston, I'm just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Do These Noodles Look Kind of Alive in the Bowl?

    Photos by Mai PhamThis is the picture I posted on Twitter. Do the noodles look alive? ​When I posted this picture with my Tweet of "Cold Korean noodles rock!," I thought people would take a look at the picture and immediately agree about how yummy it looked. But no, that's not quite what happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Spicy Korean Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jigae) with a Side of Mackerel

    Photos by Mai PhamSpicy Mushroom Korean Tofu Soup "Soondubu jigae"​You'd think that a restaurant with the name "Tofu House" would be vegetarian, but this only applies outside of Chinatown. Inside Chinatown, where the Asians are, people can tell that a name like Jang Guem Tofu House means that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    First Look at Kobecue: Korean Fusion Food

    Kimchi cheese fries: I am become fusion, destroyer of cuisines. (No complaints here, though.)​Kobecue opened quietly four months ago, tucked between Skewers and Aroma Classique in the flagstone-fronted strip center at Richmond and Weslayan. "Most of our customers come over after seeing us fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Keep on Truckin': Oh My Gogi!

    Oh My Gogi!​The guys of the Oh My Gogi! truck know exactly what they are doing by parking, on most nights, next to bars until 3 a.m. It's the kind of food you crave at that hour, the kind of food you might have thrown together out of necessity and desperation, using some leftover takeout and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    The Best Thing About Eating at 99 Ranch

    The No. 10: bibimbap with kimchi at Yori Yori​...isn't the ever-growing food court. Yes, the cheap dim sum is good for a thrill. And the pre-packaged barbecue beef buns are great for taking home to snack on while you watch a movie. But the best part about eating at 99 Ranch -- on a Sunday even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    A Soul-Warming Meal at Seoul House

    Oustanding haemul dolsot at Seoul Kitchen.​"What's your favorite thing here?" I asked the young, blithesome girl who was waiting on us at Seoul House. Without hestitation, she quickly pointed to a ruddy-colored picture of haemul dolsot on the small menu. "This is the best. It's the only thing ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 25, 2010
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    January 13, 2010

    The Top 10 Places to Eat on Long Point

    There's more to Long Point than just taco trucks...​As more development and activity pushes consumers north of the Katy Freeway -- such as the giant new shopping center and mega H-E-B at Bunker Hill, the push from MetroNational to create a "Memorial City"-branded area around Gessner, the etern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Cold and Flu Season Beware

    ​As if we didn't have enough to worry about with the H1N1 virus, now we have to watch out for the common cold. And, let's face it, Houstonians are not meant for winter. Our magic cure - kimchi. It's good for colds and the occasional holiday hangover. You will just have to find another excuse t ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 29, 2009

    BBQ Buffet

    Korea Garden Grille offers a stellar selection of barbecue items in unlimited quantities — and new and interesting ways to eat them.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Simon Moon Teaches Korean BBQ 101

    ​Chef Simon Moon is the owner of Korea Garden Grille, the subject of this week's Café review. If you have never eaten Korean barbecue before, this is a great place to try it, because chef Moon makes the experience really easy. When several people in our party confessed that they didn't know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Grilling Recipe: Kalbi Fajitas

    Photo by Robb WalshWhile I was working on this week's feature story, "Not So Clear Cut," I grilled a lot of different beef cuts fajita-style and asked my friends and family what they thought. The hands-down favorite at every taste test was the short rib meat. It was also the cheapest. I bought a big ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 26, 2009

    Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House

    Sounds crazy, but you'll stop laughing when you eat some of this spicy tofu soup and barbecued bulgogi.

  • Dining

    September 13, 2007

    Tofu Village

    This tofu and barbecue restaurant isn't for vegetarians

  • Dining

    August 2, 2007

    Mom's Hand Restaurant

    Inside the Komart store on Gessner, you'll find Korean food like Mom used to make

  • Dining

    April 27, 2006

    The Sweet Smell of Wang Galbi

    This stunning new Korean barbecue restaurant looks like a picnic grove inside a shopping center

  • Dining

    March 31, 2005

    The Seoul of Sharpstown

    Broaden your horizons at Houston's most eclectic Korean eatery

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    August 21, 2003

    Barbecued Squid

    A special dish scores as the Seoul food of Korea Garden

  • Dining

    April 3, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Bulgogi

    Seoul Garden Restaurant

  • Dining

    August 19, 1999

    Brilliant Korea

    At Nam Gang, flavors are anything but dull

  • Dining

    June 30, 1994

    World Peace and Barbecue

    Texans and Koreans can unify behind Woo Mi Gwan's ribs

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