As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up, in no particular order, a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number 35: Jaam-bong from Karma Asian
The pork chop in a curried coconut milk-infused broth; edamame beans spitted with chiles; seaweed salad soaked in soy and sesame; the house special rice abundant with seafood; and bang-bang chicken and shrimp: These are all some of the best food groups on the menu at Karma Asian, Peter Hsing's serene house of Zen on South Broadway. But the dish that we can't stay away from -- the dish that we know we're going to eat, no matter what other seductions and provocations are hurled our way -- is the jaam-bong, a fiery Korean seafood noodle soup served in a Herculean-sized silver tureen that's bottomless, more or less. The garlic-kissed, steaming-hot broth, tinted crimson, floats plump scallops, rings of calamari and shrimp, pungent kim chi, pickled carrots and dozens of Sichuan peppers, the seeds of which are hotter than the depths of Death Valley. Essentially, it's the soup equivalent of a dominatrix.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
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