Korean flavors like gochujang and kimchee are popping up on menus across the Twin Cities lately, everywhere from your local diner to the supermarket sandwich counter. Yet for a complete taste of true Korean cooking, you’ll have to head to Sole Korean, a homestyle place that was there long before hip kids got ahold of “rice bowls” and started plying them with barbecued meats and soft-cooked eggs. Proprietor and chef Kimberly Firnstahl is known for her no-nonsense style and attendant glee when it comes to burning the living hell out of glib diners’ mouths. Just when they think they can handle her spice levels: “I’m going to kill them!” she’ll declare. Consider yourself warned, then get a taste of her Midas touch with kimchee soup with bobbing pillows of tofu; yugaejang, with the fluttering lace of egg playing garnish to beef stock and brisket; and broiled mackerel in a sauce the color of fiery red hell. But this food is heaven — if you die of capsaicin overload, you’ll at least die happy.
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