David Chang—the famed chef behind the Momofuku restaurant empire in New York City, Toronto, and Sydney—grew up in Northern Virginia and still has plenty of cravings for hometown eats. Here, his three favorite Korean spots when he’s visiting the area:
13814 Braddock Rd., Centreville; 703-266-3881
“This is my family’s go-to place for jajangmyun. The noodles are a great vehicle for the fermented black-soy-bean sauce. Think of it as a salty black ragu balanced with vinegar. My sister usually brings this when I visit my parents in Vienna.”
14125 St. Germain Dr., Centreville; 703-988-0014
“Myung-Ga serves the kind of food you’d usually buy from street vendors in Korea and old grandmas. They have a variety of kimbap and my favorite—dukboki ramen.”
4409 John Marr Dr., Annandale; 703-256-8006
“The great thing about this restaurant is that the menu is split in half. One side is Korean, and the other is Chinese. If you’re craving Korean, order the jajangmyun or beef tang-soo-yuk. Basically, I love the hybrid Korean-Chinese restaurants—a mix of my two favorite cuisines.”
This article appears in the August 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.