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Where to Find Korean Comfort Food Around D.C.

Dig into army stew, spicy garlic fried chicken, and chilled noodles

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Korean barbecue joints are popular in the D.C. suburbs, especially Annandale, but piles of grilled meat barely scratch the surface of what the cuisine has to offer. Household staples like budae jjigae, kimbap, and chap chae deserve equal standing.

This list details where to find the comfort food people return to again and again. For KBQ joints, go here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hwa Gae Jang Tuh

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2104 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851

It doesn’t get much more homey than budae jjigae, also called army stew. It’s a “throw-everything-in-the-pot” kind of meal, featuring anything from hot dogs to noodles to baked beans. The version at Hwa Gae Jang Tuh is classic, filled with ham, tripe, noodles and veggies.

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2. Tofu Lighthouse & Barbecue

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12710 Twinbrook Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20852

For a really memorable dining experience, Tofu Lighthouse stuns with its signature tofu soups. From veggie, to kimchi, to oyster, you can fully customize the flavor of your tofu soup. Each bowl comes served with rice, banchan, and a raw egg.

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3. Da Rae Won

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5013 Garrett Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

Da Rae Won has a full menu of Korean staples made in the traditional way. In the background of any meal, you’ll hear a thump-thump-thump: that’s noodles being made, slapping against the counter. A favorite here is the kkampoongi, a spicy garlic fried chicken with stir fried veggies.

4. Myong Dong

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11114 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

Myong Dong’s cold noodle soups will have you dreaming about dinner all through the work day. The bibim naeng myun is a top choice, with cool slices of brisket atop buckwheat sheet noodles, house red bean paste, and assorted veggies.

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5. House of Milae

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4932 St Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Kimbap, a Korean-style roll that has amassed a cult following, shines at House of Milae. Meat, fresh vegetables, and pickles are wrapped in rice and seaweed. Order the seafood scallion pancake here, too.

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6. Mark’s Kitchen

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7006 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

This place in Takoma Park has something for everyone. It has the feel of a classic American diner, but the menu tells a different story by including a variety of bibimbaps, Korean noodle dishes, and marinated meats. Try the ssam experience for a the neighborhood spot’s take on meat and tofu lettuce wraps.

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7. Mandu

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453 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Mandu is a little more chic than most of the restaurants on this list, but don’t let the D.C. address or the upscale interior fool you. The menu is chock-full of classic Korean dishes. A favorite here is the chap chae, stir-fried glass noodles with beef and veggies, and the plentiful banchan (side dishes). They also serve Ho Dduk, a sweet rice pancake with honey, sugar and cinnamon.

8. Annangol

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4215 Tom Davis Dr
Annandale, VA 22003
703-914-4600

This Korean BBQ joint makes some of the best Mak Naeng Myun in the area. The cold buckwheat noodle soup is served with chilled beef broth and spicy sauce. It’s a favorite during the summer months.

9. Choong Hwa Won

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4409 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

Go here for jajangmyeon, a quintessential Korean comfort food that can be found at just about any Korean restaurant. The noodle dish is topped with a sauce of black bean paste, meat and vegetables. Slurping these noodles is worth every bit of splatter.

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1. Hwa Gae Jang Tuh

2104 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20851
Hwa Gae Jang Tuh [Official]

It doesn’t get much more homey than budae jjigae, also called army stew. It’s a “throw-everything-in-the-pot” kind of meal, featuring anything from hot dogs to noodles to baked beans. The version at Hwa Gae Jang Tuh is classic, filled with ham, tripe, noodles and veggies.

2104 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851

2. Tofu Lighthouse & Barbecue

12710 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852
Tofu Lighthouse & Barbecue [Official]

For a really memorable dining experience, Tofu Lighthouse stuns with its signature tofu soups. From veggie, to kimchi, to oyster, you can fully customize the flavor of your tofu soup. Each bowl comes served with rice, banchan, and a raw egg.

12710 Twinbrook Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20852

3. Da Rae Won

5013 Garrett Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

Da Rae Won has a full menu of Korean staples made in the traditional way. In the background of any meal, you’ll hear a thump-thump-thump: that’s noodles being made, slapping against the counter. A favorite here is the kkampoongi, a spicy garlic fried chicken with stir fried veggies.

5013 Garrett Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

4. Myong Dong

11114 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

Myong Dong’s cold noodle soups will have you dreaming about dinner all through the work day. The bibim naeng myun is a top choice, with cool slices of brisket atop buckwheat sheet noodles, house red bean paste, and assorted veggies.

11114 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

5. House of Milae

4932 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
House of Milae [Official]

Kimbap, a Korean-style roll that has amassed a cult following, shines at House of Milae. Meat, fresh vegetables, and pickles are wrapped in rice and seaweed. Order the seafood scallion pancake here, too.

4932 St Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

6. Mark’s Kitchen

7006 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Mark’s Kitchen [Official]

This place in Takoma Park has something for everyone. It has the feel of a classic American diner, but the menu tells a different story by including a variety of bibimbaps, Korean noodle dishes, and marinated meats. Try the ssam experience for a the neighborhood spot’s take on meat and tofu lettuce wraps.

7006 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

7. Mandu

453 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Mandu is a little more chic than most of the restaurants on this list, but don’t let the D.C. address or the upscale interior fool you. The menu is chock-full of classic Korean dishes. A favorite here is the chap chae, stir-fried glass noodles with beef and veggies, and the plentiful banchan (side dishes). They also serve Ho Dduk, a sweet rice pancake with honey, sugar and cinnamon.

453 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Annangol

4215 Tom Davis Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

This Korean BBQ joint makes some of the best Mak Naeng Myun in the area. The cold buckwheat noodle soup is served with chilled beef broth and spicy sauce. It’s a favorite during the summer months.

4215 Tom Davis Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

9. Choong Hwa Won

4409 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003
Choong Hwa Won [Official]

Go here for jajangmyeon, a quintessential Korean comfort food that can be found at just about any Korean restaurant. The noodle dish is topped with a sauce of black bean paste, meat and vegetables. Slurping these noodles is worth every bit of splatter.

4409 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

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