Though born in Mexico, Jose Garcia has built a career focused on fresh, nutritious Asian cuisine. As reported by Carly Harrington of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Garcia’s goal in opening Fan Chao was to supply health-conscious locals with cuisine that harmonizes with their dietary goals or restrictions. So he teamed up with local chiropractor and wellness expert Dr. Scott Courtley to design Fan Chao’s bill of fare. The restaurant’s made-from-scratch, oil-free, and veggie-heavy fare is as tasty as it is wholesome.
The menu tantalizes tongues with bold flavors of flame-seared beef, chicken, and tofu. Many items, including moo goo gai pan and a vegetarian feast with spiced tofu, can be made entirely gluten-free upon request. Sensitive tongues can also request a lower heat level on spicy dishes such as garlic ginger beef or firecracker shrimp.
Knoxville.com also favorably featured the Chinese eatery, highlighting distinctive décor details such as the color scheme of reds and earth tones. A flat-screen TV beams a live stream of Fan Chao's grill chefs, who spend most of their time searing or singing lullabies to each fresh morsel.