Tucked in a small space inside a West Nashville strip mall, the Choi family's Korea House serves some of the very best and most authentic Korean cuisine, among a number of Korean restaurants opened in the area in recent years. Veterans of the genre can gorge on goat stew and other exotic delicacies, while newbies will be happy sticking with dishes such as gamjatang
(spicy pork bone soup), bi bim bop
(rice and veggies with a fried egg), bulgogi
(Korean barbecue) and goon mandu
(pork dumplings). Accompanying your meal will be the traditional Korean sides called banchan
, which include spicy cabbage dish kimchi, a seafood pancake and bean sprouts. Wash it all down with barley tea or garden-variety sweet tea if you prefer.
"Start with the classic sizzling platter of bulgogi. Tender beef is in a savory marinade and then cooked up with onions. The banchan (small side dishes to accompany the entree) provide eight different ways to dress that beef up, piling the likes of kimchi (spicy and sour fermented veggies), egg custard or dried fish onto a big piece of leaf lettuce with the beef. It's a crunchy, multiflavored treat that can taste different with each banchan."
- Nashville Restaurants
blog, Nov. 6, 2011