Ready for a culinary adventure that will lead you all the way around the globe? Prepare to feed your adventurous spirit.
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Elotes Don Tono
[ Mexican ]
Food truck located in a parking lot at 1314 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-773-0250
The first Elotes Don Tono food truck was started in Mexico by Elotes Don Tono himself. Two years ago, Elotes Don Tono’s son, Martin Rodriguez, and his wife, Norma, decided to open a version of the food truck in Springfield. Moving here from Mexico, the two wanted to serve things just as they are served in their native country. A favorite here is the Mexican street corn, which is served on the cob or in a cup and seasoned with a combo of butter, mayo, Mexican cream, Mexican cheese and chili powder. Other popular items include street tacos available with steak, pork, tripe or tongue and dressed with cilantro, onion and homemade salsa, homemade pork and chicken tamales and torta, a Mexican-style sandwich served on homemade Mexican bread.
Soo’s Korean Restaurant
[ Korean ]
3644 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-2220
Originally from South Korea, Nam Ok Kim purchased Soo’s more than four years ago. She filled the menu with several traditional Korean dishes, including the favorite beef bulgogi (tender marinated beef), the squid bokum (stir-fried squid and vegetables) and the samgyetang, which is a traditional Korean soup made with chicken and ginseng. If you’re new to Korean food, try the beef bulgolgi—the tender marinated beef is excellent here, and it comes on a skillet with a side of veggies. If you’re more experienced, go for the doenjang jjigae, a stew-like dish made with soybean paste.
[ Japanese ]
3044 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-887-0077, harunosushi.com
All 417-land sushi fans know and love Haruno, a restaurant that has grown famous for its quality sushi creations. But that’s certainly not all there is to get excited about at this Japanese restaurant, owned by Young Sun Jun and her husband, John Jung. Young says that the restaurant’s udon soups are both great authentic Japanese dishes. One features broth, udon noodles, shrimp tempura and vegetable tempura, and the other features broth, udon noodles, chicken, shrimp tempura, boiled egg and spinach. If you’re feeling more daring, opt for the spicy seafood soup (loaded with seafood favorites) instead. The donburi is a flavorful layered dish that combines rice, onions, egg, a sweet and salty broth and your choice of chicken, pork or shrimp tempura. Of course, the teriyaki options are always a slightly sweet and safe choice for those who are new to Japanese cuisine. If you want to start with an authentic Japanese appetizer, try the gyoza, traditional pan-fried Japanese dumplings.
[ Korean ]
4121 S. Fremont Ave. #128, Springfield, 417-882-0077
When Young Sun Jun decided to open Koriya with her husband, John Jung, nearly three years ago, she wanted to introduce 417-landers to customizable Korean cuisine. The restaurant’s bibimbap is a great choice for first-timers, as it offers a choice of brown, white, black or mixed rice and a variety of vegetables, meats and sauces that can be combined to create dozens of flavors. “If you want it to be the most authentic, ask for it with an egg,” Young says. Those skeptical of anything unusual can start simple with the spicy peanut chicken dish, which features crispy breaded chicken and a kick of heat. Other popular menu items include bulgolgi beef, yaki soba with chicken and galbi—Korean barbecue short ribs.
Tong’s Thai Restaurant
[ Thai ]
3454 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-5280
On your first visit to Tong’s Thai Restaurant, try out the Siam Beef. This dish features thinly sliced, extra-tender ribeye steak that’s marinated in a tasteful selection of Thai seasonings and spices then stir fried with bell pepper, bamboo and onion. Another popular choice for Thai-food beginners is the Emerald chicken with grilled marinated chicken, steamed vegetables and a creamy peanut sauce. “I developed a lot of the recipes myself,” says owner Tong Trithara, who’s originally from Bangkok. Of course, you’ll have a choice of many other authentic dishes, including a variety of pad Thai creations (the seafood pad Thai is a must-try when it’s on special). If you’re looking to feed your adventurous spirit, try the Bangkok duck—a half-duck that’s deboned, breaded, deep fried and topped with garlic basil sauce.
The Argentina Steakhouse
[ Argentinian ]
1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-8010, theargentinasteakhouse.com
Argentine cuisine is well-known for being heavy on the beef, and The Argentina Steakhouse capitalizes on this fact with its first-class menu. Originally from Argentina, owner Angel Kim says he worked to blend traditional Argentine flavors with popular steakhouse fare, and he included many tasty beef options. A favorite is the Lomo Ana Pineta, a grilled filet dish that’s served with a burgundy reduction or mushroom cream sauce. All entrées are servered with chimichurri sauces, which are traditional Argentine dipping sauces loaded with flavor, and Argentine sea salt is the spot’s signature seasoning.
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