Cheap Eats 2010: Vit Goel ToFu (Lighthouse Tofu) - Annandale
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Vit Goel ToFu (Lighthouse Tofu) - Annandale
Address: 4121 Chatelain Rd. , Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-333-3436
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Korean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday 11 to 9.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Soondubu; Korean short ribs; bulgogi.

Why go: These dining rooms, with servers in brightly colored dresses and Korean writing on the walls, create variations on a few dishes—grilled meats, Korean pancakes, and especially the tofu soup—amazingly well.

What to get: Soondubu soup, a cauldron of pepper-laced broth made richer by custardy house-made tofu, a raw egg, and add-ons such as oysters, mushrooms, and beef; crispy pork-and-kimchee pancake; rich beef bul goki tossed with green onions.

Best for: A fast, healthy meal. Although servers are efficient, they won’t rush you out.

Insider tip: Drop your egg into the soondubu broth as soon as it arrives so it cooks well. There are five spice levels to choose from—we found the medium broth to be true to its name—and vegetarians should specify that they don’t want beef broth used.

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