Gom Ba Woo
7133 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 11 PM and Sunday 7 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Dorn St., Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Intimate
Steamed dumplings (mandu); seafood pancake; oxtail with green onions; pork-belly barbecue; soondubu; sul leung tang; grilled short ribs; pork with red-pepper sauce.
Appetizers $8.95 to $12.95; entrées $7.95 to $27.95.
Special Features: Kid Friendly
This quiet cafe with pottery and hanging plants is a far cry from the karaoke crowd’s preferred party spots. The mandu (dumplings) are a must; both steamed and fried versions get punched up by flavor-packed beef fillings. Skip the soft-tofu stew—its powdery cubes made us miss the custardy clouds anchoring the excellent version of the soup called soondubu. Opt for beef stew with noodles or sweet bulgogi-and-lettuce wraps.