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
There might not be a better value than this strip-mall restaurant's $4.99 refillable bowls of soothing sul leung tang, a soup made by simmering beef bones for 48 hours and studding the broth with beef slices and angel-hair-like rice noodles. DIY seasoning from the bowl of chopped green onions and salt and pepper on the table is important; ask your server for a primer.
Other dishes, such as the spicy yook gae jang and the crispy beef dumplings known as mandu, are also worth a taste. A new bargain is the all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue--cooked on a tabletop grill--for $14.99 a person.
The panchan, complimentary Korean small plates, are especially good--and unlimited. Look for thick-cut radish seasoned like spicy kimchee--it's a great chaser after a spoonful of sul leung tang.
Also good: Soon dae, pork sausage; sanh gae tang, a clear soup with a Cornish hen, rice, and dates.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.