Kimchi was a late-in-life discovery of mine, but I’ve definitely made up for lost time. I use it frequently at home, and when I stumble upon restaurants (though there are few) that happen to serve kimchi, it is always one of the first items I sample.
The kimchi is almost hidden on the menu at Yong Asian House. Located in the Gray community, this family-owned establishment serves an array of traditional and specialty Asian dishes. Yong doesn’t have the party atmosphere/night life that at least two local Asian restaurants share, but it is several notches above some of the all-you-can-eat establishments offering buffets with Chinese food, Jell-O and everything in between.
It was during my second visit that I sampled Yong’s Clay Pot Kimchi Delight. Yong’s kimchi has a deep freshness with a sharp zest that will win some over and others not. With red and green bell peppers and thick, juicy marinated beef, this clay pot dish captured some of the richest Korean flavors I’ve sampled.
One can expect most specialty entrees at Asian restaurants to be hot and spicy, but when the menu tells you that a particular dish is served that way, you better be prepared. I’m not a wimp when it comes to spicy food but I did have to pace myself with this one. On a four-star ranking system, I’d give this entrée a three.
This blending of fine flavors is a hallmark of clay pot cooking, and other Yong entrees prepared this way include the Buddha Delight, Asam Grouper and the tofu.
My most recent Yong meal was the Mango Shrimp. The shrimp was nicely sautéed and the thin mango slices gave a nice zest, but next time I’ll ask them to go easier on the peppers and the glaze, as they almost overpowered the flavoring of the mango.
The teriyaki menu items are similar to other places, though Yong’s teriyaki sauce seemed to have its own unique tang. The sesame chicken proved to be an outstanding choice. The carrots weren’t as sweet as I had anticipated but I loved the mushrooms. Yong’s servings are extremely generous, so plan on asking for a to-go container.
Yong also has a nice selection of noodle entrees, including the traditional low mein, pad thai and a few noodle soup dishes.
The Chow Mee Hoon has stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp and chicken prepared in a brown sauce with scallions, bean sprouts, onions and egg. There’s also the Shrimp Tom Yam Mee Hoon which features shrimp and mixed vegetables with thin noodles and a sour and spicy lemon grass broth.
The lemon grass broth doesn’t necessarily jump-start my appetite, but I almost want to order that one just because the name sounds funky.
*At a glance: Yong Asian House, 405 Roy Martin Road, Gray; 232-1268; Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 5-9 p.m. (dinner); Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m., also open 5-9:30 p.m. on Saturday; as of May 1: Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. and closed on Mondays; credit cards accepted.*
|Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting|
|Held on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The Sevier Middle School orchestra played in the progress building at 6:00. The gingerbread house exhibit was held at the Regions bank. Music, reading of the Christmas Story, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies, sing-a-long where held at Church Circle.|