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