Many people refer to Memphis, TN as BBQ Capital of the World, and while it is true that there is excellent barbecue here, some of the most interesting and delicious food finds are not hickory smoked or slathered in barbecue sauce. Memphis is filled with cuisine from a variety ethnicities from Mexican to Chinese, Indian to Vietnamese, and many other options in between. Asiana Garden in the South Riverdale neighborhood is an authentic Korean restaurant that gives the word “barbecue” a whole new meaning. This is true Korean barbecue at its finest, as diners have the option to cook their food on grills right at their table.
I tried out Asiana Garden a little while ago with one of my favorite dining companions, Angie. We decided to split an order of fried dumplings and an order of BBQ short ribs. The dumplings were crispy and delicious, filled with pork and cabbage. They were so good; I almost forgot to snap a picture.
Each meat selection comes with traditional accompaniments: rice, kimchi, cucumber salad, pickled vegetables and daikon. Diners can then build their meal to suit their individual tastes, and who doesn’t enjoy playing with their food?
We didn't get to the restaurant until about 8:30, so we didn't get to cook our short ribs at our table, but the kitchen did an excellent job. There was only one or two pieces that were even a bit tough or chewy.
The kimchi is extremely spicy, so I ate it sparingly, but it added a nice vinegary bite to the meal, and the pickled veggies offered nice crunch.
Asiana Garden also has a more familiar menu, which includes standard fare such as fried rice and a variety of noodle soups. However, if diners want an authentic experience, they should try some of the more traditional Korean dishes and redefine their idea of barbecue.
Final Impressions: Asiana Garden is a tasty way to experience Korean delicacies. If you go for dinner, it's not necessarily cheap. (Between the two of us, we spent a little over $50 with tax and tip), but their lunch specials are very reasonably priced.
Tiffany's Fave: the dumplings
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5992 Mount Moriah Rd
Memphis, TN 38115
Average Appetizer Price: $5-$9
Average Entree Price: (lunch) $7-$12 (dinner) $9-$22
Daily: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm