100 Favorite Dishes

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.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 86: Prosciutto roma sub from My Market
No. 87: Anticuchos from Taurus Steakhouse
No. 88: Goat cheese cheesecake from Satoro
No. 89: Pink vanilla cupcake from House of Sweets
No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse
No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi
No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear
No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig
No. 94: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub
No. 96: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie
No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime
No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon
No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich
No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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