Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New New Arrival in Annandale

Banking on a return to familiar surroundings, the AllTasteSame pseudo-Korean special correspondent visited BFHK (that’s blog fav Hankook Kyoja) with company in recent weeks only to find that the restaurant has changed concepts and names – it is now called Jang Won. The faux-Dennys décor, table settings, and less-than-attentive waitresses are still the same, but the menu is, literally, wholesale different. Gone are the traditional Korean noodle soups and mandoo, replaced by Sino-Korea delights such as Jja Jjang Myeon (black bean sauce noodles), Tang Soo Yuk (sweet and sour pork), and Jjam Bbong (spicy seafood soup). Importantly, their noodle dishes feature hand-made noodles, a rarity in the metro area. During lunch they serve more traditional Korean elements like fried mandoo, but you won’t find Kalbi, Bulgogi, Soon Doo Boo and other ubiquitous fare on the dinner menu... much to the disappointment of some here at the blog who considered Hankook Kyoja one of the hidden delights of NoVa. Judging by the line at the door and the packed booths on a Sunday night, however, Annandale has welcomed Jang Won with open mouths. Although further tastings will be required before rendereing a more comprehensive verdict, the first visit suggests that Jang Won will be good competition for Choong Wha Woon, which until now has had the Sino-Korean sector largely to itself.