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Gom Tang E in Eden Center - Report

Steve | May 16, 201602:03 PM

Buried within one of the interior hallways at Eden Center is this Korean outpost of a Centreville, VA restaurant specializing in Ox bone soup (Seolleongtang). Though... I did not order this milky white soup. I went right for a dish that is great in Korea but rarely appears on menus here in the states: galbi jjim (braised short ribs). It is usually served on the bone with peppers, onions, and jalapenos in a reduced liquid.

Here it is not served on the bone but fully submersed in a broth that is similar to a pretty darn good French onion soup. For what it is, it's a good order, though it doesn't measure up to what I expected. Also, I am not sure the meat was rib meat.

The other dish we tried is also a rarity, kongguksu (noodles in a cold soy milk broth). Usually it's considered a summer dish. I have made this at home cheating, using already prepared soy milk instead of making my own. Here they may very well make their own, but it comes out gritty, like the soybeans have not been properly cooked down, strained and blended. This can be a dead boring dish under the best of circumstances, and that is the case here.

I was also not happy with a seafood pajeon which was probably the dullest version I've ever had. I also thought the very limited banchan looked depressing, though I am not sure how fermented vegetables can be past their 'sell by' date. Overall, I am not tempted to return.

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