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Honey Pig in Annandale

deangold | Jun 21, 2008 04:51 AM

Based on incredible an recomendation from our Korean & American dining companions/friends, we decided to brave the wilds of NoVa to try and find Honey Pig last night. The English name is Gooldaegee. It is located on Columbia Pike behind the Bank of America just North of Little River turnpike.

Sitting in a pig fat splattered haze as I wrote this, sipping on a medicinal malt Scotch to cut the richness of our experience, I must say that our first visit to Honey Pig was a resounding success. First of all we found it. Given our typical driving experiences in Virginia, that was a major accomplishment {is there anywhere elst that you can be told to go to the corner of 19th and 19th and 19th but if you are at the corner of 19th and 19th you're lost?}.

The place has techno Korean playing and most of the staff is young, hip and wearing either Honey Pig Teeshirts or torn clothing that costs more than its non torn counterparts. We were seated right away and the waiter told us to ask him if we had questions.

We did have questions so we let him steer us to Lightly Seasoned Beef Rib and Spicy Thick Pork Belly. The former is large chunks of beef rib, marinated and meant to be rolled in lettuce with garlic, peppers, dipped in salted oil. Boy was it good.... much better than the version at Yechon. But the real revelation was the spicy pork belly. Marinated thick slabs of pork belly that were half lean and half fat were dumped on the huge grill along with a pile of quite good kimchee, a couple slices each of some sort of potato and some sort of squash. This was a life changing/affirming event! We spend the next half hour or so taking the thick fatty slabs, growing ever more crisp as time went by, putting a bit of grilled kim chee and then dipping them in the slightly sweet, possibly citrus (yuzu?) enhanced dipping sauce. Ohhhhhh my gosh was it goooooooooood!

$38 for enough food to bring both of our reputable digestive systems to a halt!

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