Saturday, December 15, 2007

Adventure Dining: Knoxville

Knoxville is blessed to have not one, but TWO excellent Korean restaurants, in close proximity. Kaya Korean is known among its patrons for the delicious side dishes that come with each meal. Delicately prepared and served in little bowls, candied potatoes, sweet tofu, spicy bean sprouts, cucumbers, cabbage, and chicken (the selections are differnt each day) each come with its own unique flavor. The bulgogi and other Korean dishes are fairly standard. The flavors are not too exotic to frighten away the less adventurous diner.
On my most recent visit, the waitress praised the cooks talent in making the soup (which comes free with a meal)as being a very difficult recipe to make. The soup is a clear vegetable based broth served with a few floating scallions. I didn't find it particularly memorable.
The side dishes however, were memorable and my attempts at finding recipes to duplicate these seemingly simple little dishes have not yet been even close to successful. So in the mean time, I will have to continue to journey to Knoxville to enjoy them.

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