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Panchan at Vit Goel (Annandale) - What did I eat?


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Panchan at Vit Goel (Annandale) - What did I eat?

wayne keyser | | Nov 28, 2006 01:21 AM

Lunched at Vit Goel (Lighthouse) Tofu House in Annandale and enjoyed my Soon Dubu very very much - heck of a bargain for $7.50 at lunch (though I can't imagine who else would eat something that hot before 11am, thought I was the only one).

Also felt very well taken care of (us cripplish folks with walkers think about these things) - and didn't get more than one "you ready for spicy?"

Multiple little metal bowls of rice, and she was ready to spoon out more than the two I stopped her at - I'm just supposed to eat the rice, right? I also turned down the cookeed-to-a-crisp remainder of rice I know I'm supposed to add tea to at the end, iot was just way too much for me to eat.

Generous amount of panchan for a single diner 5 little dishes - and I'm wondering about two of them. Fresh (and obviously homemade) bok choy kimchi (fiber-y, but that's the chance you take), something like a fresh napa kimchi in a watered-down broth (a nice "alternate take" on kimchi), marinated/sesame-oil(?) bean sprouts (boring but at least blessedly cooling), and my two mystery items:

1) a TINY DAB (maybe a tablespoon-full) of minced crunchy and VERY SALTY red and white moist bits, couldn't tell if they were hot or not (the soup overwhelmed my ability to tell). Was I supposed to mix this in with something else?

2) the most marvelous cucumber slices - about 1/2" thick, obviously coated with kim,chi-like spice, but underneath they were a bread-and-butter pickle I would eat a gallon of - I would love to make these at home!

Anybody know about these two? Names? Did I identify 'em right?

I'm definitely going back (but maybe I'll wait until afternoon- they start serving that stuff at 10am!)

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