We decided to try something new for dinner one evening a couple of weeks ago. I’d noticed a new restaurant in Maryville on a couple of our drives on US Hwy. 411 over to Willie’s Italian Restaurant in Seymour Tennessee.
New Asia Restaurant is located in a small new strip shopping area…
We really like quality Asian food and we’re fortunate in that there are a couple of fairly good Thai restaurants as well as Indian restaurants in the Knoxville area. There is only one passable Chinese restaurant on our list to date and we’re eager to add any Asian options to our ‘go to’ list.
The décor in the dining area was bright and colorful. The restaurant can probably seat about 40 people… Most of the reviews posted in Trip Advisor, Yelp and others were quite positive.
We ordered a couple of appetizers just to try out a variety of menu items. These ‘Shrimp with Pants” or Tom Cuon were quite good. ($5.50)
Laurie loves Goi Guon…Vietnamese rice paper rolls. ($4.95) She’d always had either shrimp or vegetable Goi Guon before…this was the first time she’d had the pork version. We both agreed that we preferred the shrimp or vegetable versions although these were OK. Spicy peanut sauce would have perked up this appetizer…
I ordered the Chicken Pad Thai… ($9.25) Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. It’s made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs. Firm tofu can be added and different versions are seasoned with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic/shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar. It is served with lime wedges and often chopped roast peanuts.
In this case, my Pad Thai included pieces of chicken. It was OK…but I requested crushed hot pepper sauce for more flavor. There was certainly plenty of food!
This is the side dish of accompaniments…bean sprouts, jalapeno slices and lime… that came with Laurie’s entrée.
Adventurous as she is, Laurie jumped out there and ordered Pho Tai Nam. ($9.25) Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat. Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam. It is primarily served with either beef or chicken. Laurie’s version came with beef brisket.
She didn’t ‘get it’, i.e., the attraction of Pho. (Pronounced Pha!) After I tried it, I agreed with her. It was filling but bland with lots and lots of noodles. It may be an acquired taste, but we’re unlikely to acquire it! She wished that she’d ordered one of the Chinese options that our waiter told us had recently been added to the menu…
Service at New Asia was not the greatest… Our waiter didn’t know much about the menu items and he wasn’t very attentive. New Asia Restaurant is located at 1901 Sevierville Road in Maryville, (pronounced ‘Murvil’) Tennessee. Phone: 865-233-7664. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newasiamaryville.
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