696 Hechinger Dr.
Springfield, VA 22151
Cuisines: Korean, Breakfast
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Franconia-Springfield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Beef dumplings (mandu); sul leung tang; yook gae jang; buckwheat noodles with beef; barbecue pork; pork sausage; blood sausage; soy-marinated Asian pears.
Appetizers $4.95 to $11.95, entrées $9.95 to $19.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
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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