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Potter’s Garden

December 10, 2013

I have a love of spicy food, and since Grayson can’t handle it all that well, I decided to take Raven with me for a lunch visit. Potter’s Garden has been a close “go to” Korean restaurant for me for a while now, but I have yet to blog about it, so here goes!

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There was a plethora of lunch specials on the menu for us to choose from, but for some reason the two of us went with the sundubu ($6.95), a tofu soup with vegetables and seafood. As Raven would say, great foodies think alike. Along with the stone bowl of soup, our meal came with a bowl of rice and of course, the traditional Korean appetizers of kimchi, sweet potato and seasoned bean sprouts.

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The thing I’ve gotten used to from Potter’s Garden is the portion sizes. I ended up just having the soup and took all my rice home because I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to get to the rice if I ended up having all of the soup. Even though I was satisfied with the portion size, I was left a little disappointed because the soup was made up of mostly tofu (yes, I realize it’s a tofu soup), and there was barely any seafood in sight, let alone vegetables. I almost forgot that there was supposed to actually be vegetables in the soup because I just didn’t see any in my bowl! Despite all that the soup was lovely, it wasn’t overpoweringly spicy so the flavor of the broth still came through. Raven liked that there was a raw egg in the soup too because watching it cook in the hot broth is always amusing.

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IMG-20131116-03107Here’s what I had on a dinner visit with Grayson…

Grayson got the ttukbaegi-gamjatang ($9.95), a homemade korean soup with pork back and neck bone with green onion, vegetables and potato. He thought the soup was aromatic and found the pork very tender. This was actually his favorite visit out of the many we’ve had up until this point.

Being the one who always needs to have spicy food, I chose the dakgaejang ($9.95). It’s a spicy red broth that’s seasoned with chili powder, in there soup there was a shredded chicken, green onions, potato noodles and  vegetables. The broth like Grayson’s was aromatic, and it wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy either. As always, I would of liked a few more vegetables, but the abundant amount of sweet potato noodles in it made up for it. There was so many noodles in the broth that I couldn’t get through the bowl of rice!

Grayson was feeling hungry that night so we also ordered the 6 pieces of the jjin mandu, steamed pork and vegetable dumplings ($5.95). I’m not sure they were $1/dumpling worthy, but they were pretty yums. Grayson really liked the sauce it came with because it had that hint of vinegar in it too!

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Even though my lunch visit wasn’t as great as the ones I’ve had in the past, this small mishap in the visit won’t keep me from coming back when my Korean cravings start to kick in.

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