Golden Corral | Based in Raleigh, N.C.
By Lisa Shames
June 20, 2022
That gochujang, the increasingly popular spicy Korean chile paste, can crossover—and excel!—on the menu of a casual American eatery like Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant speaks volumes about the fertile ground it provides for all manner of flavor exploration, toppling longstanding boundaries among mainstream diners once wary of global cuisines. The Street Style Ribs, featured on Gordon Biersch’s starter menu, get a flavor punch from a gochujang-based sauce that is “on track to be an all-time fan favorite due to the complementary combination of sweet, salty and spicy,” says Kaitlyn Venable, Culinary Director for parent company SPB Hospitality.
The ribs are tossed in a sweet and spicy Korean chile sauce spiked with gochujang. “The fermented chile paste has a depth of unique flavor that a typical hot sauce doesn’t deliver,” says Venable. Green onions, cilantro and lime add freshness, brightening up the profile, and cashews on top provide a crispy texture. Key to the dish’s popularity, for diners and operators, is its low-risk entry for those hesitant to wander outside their culinary comfort zone. “Gochujang adds surprising depth of flavor in various applications and is super trendy across many cuisines,” says Venable. “The ribs are a perfect option for guests who want to try a new flavor profile, and they pair delightfully with one of our German-style hefeweizen beers.”
Winning Chicken: Ranch-Seasoned Fried Chicken Golden Corral | Based in Raleigh, N.C.
Reuben Reimagined: Swordfish Pastrami Funkenhausen | Chicago
Funkenhausen | Chicago
Sweet Mem’ries: Southwest S’mores Frida Southwest | Oklahoma City
Frida Southwest | Oklahoma City
Cali-Med: California Shakshuka Fredericks at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel | San Francisco
Fredericks at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel | San Francisco
Eye-Popping: Duroc Pork Belly Lollipops Rye | Dallas
Rye | Dallas
Wild Idea: Salmon Teriyaki Sandwich Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar | Based in Denver
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar | Based in Denver
Elegant Equation: Charred Cabbage Zitz Sum | Coral Gables, Fla.
Zitz Sum | Coral Gables, Fla.
From Bowl to Box: Salmon & Tuna Poke Sweetfin | Based in Los Angeles
Sweetfin | Based in Los Angeles
From the 2023 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & The Menu, for chefs and menu developers. Read full issue online.