Cheap Eats 2010: Gamasot
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 14, 2010
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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: This Korean kitchen, separated from the dining room by a glass wall, takes no shortcuts on the 24-hour recipe for its specialty, sul leung tang—a milky-white broth with slices of beef and a sharp scallion bite. And there are other gems among the long lineup of soups.

What to get:
A generous plate of steamed, beef-filled dumplings called mandu; sul leung tang and its spicy cousin, yook gae jang; sah gae tang, a clear soup containing a whole Cornish hen stuffed with rice, ginseng, and dates; soon dae, a side of pork sausage with a salty condiment.

Best for: A restorative meal—these broths are Korea’s version of chicken-noodle soup.

Insider tip: The flavor of the sul leung tang comes through best when you pop a piece of radish kimchee right after you taste the soup. Panchan—little complimentary dishes—are unlimited.

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