Cheap Eats 2009: Gamasot
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Address: 696 Hechinger Dr., Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-256-0780
Neighborhood: Springfield
Cuisines: Korean, Breakfast
Nearby Metro Stops: Franconia-Springfield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beef dumplings (mandu); sul leung tang; yook gae jang; buckwheat noodles with beef; barbecue pork; pork sausage; blood sausage; soy-marinated Asian pears.
Price Details: Appetizers $4.95 to $11.95, entrées $9.95 to $19.95.

Why go: The draw is sul leung tang, a soothing broth made from beef bones that bubbles more than 24 hours in a cauldron before being ladled into bowls with rice noodles and razor-thin slices of beef.

What to get: sul leung tang with scallions; Korean dumplings filled with minced beef and green onion; bibim bap, a bowl of rice, beef, egg, and vegetables to toss with chili paste; soon dae, chewy sausage-like slices of rice, vermicelli, and ground pork to dip in seasoned salt.

Best for: A transporting meal with a crowd—one dining room of the shoji-screened eatery has a low table with floor cushions where at least 20 can feast.

Insider tip: Don’t ignore the panchan, small dishes of pickled radish, kimchee, and other condiments, or the freebie dessert, a sweet-sour yogurt-like drink that will cool the palate.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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