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WANTED for TODAY [4 May 13] Korean, with great banchan?

Kris in Beijing May 4, 2013 12:45 PM

You may all be outside on this beautiful, glorious day.

We* suddenly have the afternoon and eve available and want Korean.... really, what ~I~ want is lots of great banchan.

Rec's? Ideas? Favourites?

*Hound and Teen Hound

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    Steve RE: Kris in Beijing May 4, 2013 01:38 PM

    I am not sure if there is any one place that is best at everything.

    We just ate at Oegadgib. It's a good place to know about. It will be packed with Koreans. If you do get bbq, they serve these really huge radish slices (the biggest I've seen) to wrap the bbq. It's popular among koreans for all-u-can-eat bbq, and is otherwise very good. I like the dakgalbi, which is more an LA Koreatown concoction.

    In general, avoid noodles.

    7331 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
    Important: it is not visible from the road. It is BEHIND Paisano's pizza.

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      dpan RE: Kris in Beijing May 4, 2013 01:51 PM

      To Sok Jip on Columbia Pike in Annandale. A hole in the wall with two ladies serving and a grandma cooking in the back. Great ban chan and home cooking.

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        ineemeeny RE: dpan May 5, 2013 08:14 AM

        Another vote for To Sok Jip. Everything is good. This is the only place I've ever seen Korean grandmas wait in line to eat.

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          dpan RE: ineemeeny May 5, 2013 08:55 AM

          After posting, I went there last night about 7 pm and waited about 20 minutes for a table. We could order while waiting and the food would be ready once we were seated. There was literally a bunch of grandmas waiting in line ahead of me.

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            Kris in Beijing RE: dpan May 5, 2013 06:46 PM

            Well, then we saw you!!!

            We arrived about 7:11, saw the line, and walked to the "other half" of the building to eat at SulDoGa -- was fairly empty, had only Korean clientele, and smelled right for a "midscale" [not H-i-t-W] Korean restaurant.

            We had--
            $11.99 "combo" BulGoGi and Mul Naeng Myun
            $11.99 "combo" a pork thing [not the "fatty pork" or "meaty bacon" EDIT: Samgyeopsal gui] and Dubu Doenjang

            BulGoGI was abundant and well seasoned.
            Mul Naeng Myun was just right - a few floating ice crystals.
            "Pork thing" was a fatty cut, but not streaky-fat pork. Excellent. Not chewy. Superb seasoning/marinade.
            Dubu-- boiling when it arrived. Not the spiciest I've ever had but good. Tofu held its shape and wasn't soaked through with the soup, so it still held its own flavour character.

            kimchi, good, not particularly spicy [could we have gotten the "foreigner discount" on the spices?]
            an egg "loaf" -- the soy was sharp which was different, but it was good
            bean sprouts 'n' stuff-- good. sprouts were crisp, sauce was light
            radish kimchi-- heavier, spicier sauce. Great.
            seaweed salad- wide square cut leaves and narrow long thin pieces [two kinds if seaweed?] plus a light sauce. Not as "chewy" as some I've had, so better!
            pasta salad... Teen Hound snarfed this one

            OH-- and a note on the rice.
            This rice was GREAT. Not the soft "rice cooker for 4 days" taste, but a robust, full flavour that leans toward a nutty popcorny taste. REALLY good with the bulgogi.

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              Steve RE: Kris in Beijing May 6, 2013 07:23 AM

              I doubt you received any 'special treatment' for the spice level. Sounds like you had a really good meal.

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                ineemeeny RE: Kris in Beijing May 6, 2013 10:39 AM

                Glad you enjoyed it! And I agree with Steve - kimchi comes in all colors of spiciness and I highly doubt they gave you a special tourist kimchi. :) Thanks for the report.

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                  Kris in Beijing RE: ineemeeny May 6, 2013 10:41 AM

                  Maybe with a year on Seoul "under my palate," I should have tasted and then pushed for spicier-- but I was concerned if I Asked for spicy, I'd definitely get the foreigner reduction treatment.

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