100 Favorite Dishes: Kimchi Stew From Yama

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 85: Kimchi Stew from Yama Japanese & Korean Restaurant

There aren't a great many days in South Florida when cold weather requires you to huddle around a hot bowl of soup, head over the bowl, letting the steam thaw your face. But a soup so profoundly good as the kimchi stew at Yama Japanese & Korean in Lake Worth is worth the increase in your personal temperature index even in midsummer. The blistering-hot hell broth is bright red and teeming with chunks of rice wine-marinated pork and crunchy napa kimchi fermented in house. Even the stone bowl it is served in evokes heat -- it looks like volcanic rock with lava still bubbling away inside. After a few big spoonfuls, the intense amount of Korean chili hits you and takes over, putting you in a euphoric, soup-guzzling state that can be sated only by finishing the entire bowl.

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