The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: For $10 you get $20 worth of Asian fare and drinks at Min Ghung Asian Bistro in Glastonbury. Voted one of the best Korean restaurants by Hartford Advocate for 2010, Min Ghung fuses together culinary influences from various Asian countries to build a multifarious menu of sushi, noodle entrees, stir-fries, and more. Unlike pairing ten-inch silver platforms with Christmas light-studded hot pants, a combo order of two California rolls ($7.50) from the lunch menu boasts a classic combination of cucumber and avocado, while the bul go gi dinner entrée ($18) features pan-broiled tender beef buoyed in a house soy sauce. See the full menus online for more details and prices.
Min Ghung Asian Bistro
At Min Ghung Asian Bistro, bartenders shuffle back and forth in front of the sake wall, a towering display of premium sakes illumed by neon-lit shelves. The impressive selection of spirits accompanies a menu populated by Japanese and Korean entrees with meats or tofu drizzled in a variety of marinades. A separate sushi menu boasts hand-rolled creations that encase everything from apple and mango to egg custard and sea urchin.
Inside the dining room, a rotating selection of art hangs upon crimson walls. Each piece purchased sponsors Min Ghung's Art in Red Room program, which aims to increase awareness of work by local artists. Outside, strings of colorful paper lanterns decorate a patio freckled with sun sifting through nearby tree branches or flocks of cheesecloth flying overhead.