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Mar 22, 2007 04:55 PM

Da Rae Won in Beltsville

Has anyone been here recently?? Is it still in business?

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    1. thanks - i guess they are just not open for lunch then - any recommendations on what to get? TIA

      1. re: chowmac

        The JaJa Mein and other hand pulled noodles are incredible. I had the spicy soup (it wasn't very) with the seafood and pork. Good indeed! There is a seafood on rice crust thaqt is killer if a little expensive but it is wnough to feed 6. It is stir fried seafood on sizzling rice. There is a shredded cold dish on the top of the last page of the menu that is incredible and enough to feed 6 as well. The fried chicken wings and the fried mandoo are on every Korean occupied table I have seen.
        They are open for lunch as I was there in a Friday with a couple of friends. I would recommend a large group to drfray the costs of a few of the large dishes and so you can order more!

        1. re: deangold

          I took note of Dean's post a while back and have been meaning to follow up -- I've been to Da Rae Won a couple of times in the last few weeks and managed to try some of these items, with some help.

          The reason that the wings and mandoo are on all of the Korean table is because someone in the kitchen really knows what they're doing with the fryer. The mandoo are great -- I liked them a lot better than the ones at Myoung Dong down the street (I still like MD very much for their soups). The chicken wings are also very good. They're covered in a bit of breading, onion, garlic, and some other spices, and *perfectly* fried. The best wings I've had in the area are still from Urban Burger, but these are very different and worth getting.

          I have gotten to try some of the other dishes -- the housemade jajang myun is great (also better than MD's version), and I tried one or two other stir-fries, but only scratched the surface. The menu is a bit hard to decipher -- it's mainly in Korean and the English translations aren't very good. Pointing works, though.

          (btw, regarding their hours, they are not open on Tuesdays).

          1. re: alopez

            Hard to decipher the english I'll say... they dont give the dish names in English, just descriptions. But the food is damnned good!

            1. re: deangold

              We finally made it back to order the fried Mandoo. Short of Shanghai Soup dumlings, these were the juciest and most tasty dumplings we have had in ages! Really good. The hand pulled noodles are still incredible, even those servedi n "cool bean broth" which had a potato-y texture and was very bland. it took a lot of salt to bring out any flavor but it was addictive in its own way. But the Mandoo!!!!!