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Woo Lae Oak in Arlington closed for renovations--where to go now?

novafoodie Dec 27, 2006 02:21 PM

I'm interested in high-quality bulgogi like they offered. Don't want to travel to Tyson's to Woo Lae Oak #2. What Annandale Korean restaurant has comparable quality?

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    novafoodie Dec 30, 2006 12:59 AM

    I've eaten at Yechon. I thought their panchan was the best. However, I didn't think the quality of the bulgogi beef was that great. Didn't meet my expectations.

    1. BarbHelm Dec 30, 2006 12:29 AM

      I like Yechon off of Little River Turnpike on Hummer Road


      Favorite dishes: Their panchan, including pickled radishes, kimchee, and seaweed, and something different each time I go; bulgogi; short rib, pork, or squid barbecue; clam stew. There are also Japanese dishes but you seldom see anyone eating them, including the sushi. They do have specials at lunch, bento boxes, which I recommend to those new to Korean food, and they are good and plentiful.

      This place is open 24/7!

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        novafoodie Dec 28, 2006 12:46 AM

        Hi Soup,

        The best bulgogi I ever had in my life was in Hong Kong. Many, many years ago. I could smell the charcoal and beef as we walked down the hill towards the restaurant my father knew. So I know what you mean about travel. I also had great bulgogi in Bangkok.

        Sigh.. Wagu beef. I need to try bulgogi made with Wagu beef.

        Growing up in Asia spoiled me.

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          Soup Dec 28, 2006 03:15 PM

          I love the use of Charcoal but I don't know any places in the DC area that does this. I really think the charcoal adds more flavor.

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          Soup Dec 27, 2006 11:34 PM

          I don't like the tyson's Woo Lee Oak. If you are looking for quality of meet, I have to say WLO in Arlington was the best among the korean resturant, especially Karbi.

          BTW, did they say when the would open back up?

          A notch down (its small but noticeable notch), you might want to try Sorak Garden (it is equavalent to Han Sung Oak). Better Banchan at Han Sung Oak though. Also there is a Karbi place across the parking lot from the Giant in Annandale. Can't recall the name but the Karbi I had there was pretty good. Again same level as Sorak, Han Song Oak, YeaChun, etc.

          Sorry for the deviation (and I'm not recommending you travel to LA) but the best Karbi and burgogi I had was in LA korea town. The place did all the beef dishes with Wagu beef. Just melt in you mouth good. No such place in DC that I have found.


          1. Bill on Capitol Hill Dec 27, 2006 02:26 PM

            So many choices. I like Han Sung Oak on Columbia Pike near Braddock Road. If you're looking for something closer in, the newly renovated Hee Been near Landmark Mall is worth a try.

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              novafoodie Dec 27, 2006 09:56 PM

              Thank you for your Han Sung Oak recommendation. We went there for lunch and had the dumplings and beef bulgogi. The panchans were wonderful. The bulgogi was cooked a little differently from other Korean restaurants I've been to--the round grill was surrounded by a little moat which was filled with beef broth. I had my trepidations, but it turned out wonderfully. The lettuce and bean paste were esp. nice.

              The dumplings (mandoo) were nice, but a little greasy. I like them best when they are more than a little crispy.

              Anyway, a very nice experience. Thank you.

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                Bill on Capitol Hill Dec 28, 2006 03:18 AM

                Glad you enjoyed it.

                The stuff in the moat is the sweet marinade. Dip a nice piece of charred fat from bulgogi or kalbi in that for an extremely decadent treat!

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