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Seoul Meals DC’s rainbow soba options assorted colourful substances like orange and purple candy potato saengchae, contemporary spinach and purple radish.
Escape the tourist-filled metropolis this summer season and head simply north of the Maryland border to Seoul Meals D.C. to style refreshing plant-based Korean and Asian fusion dishes.
Situated at 7302 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, Md. Seoul Meals D.C. is a few 30-minute drive from campus and roughly a 15-minute stroll from the Takoma Metro station on the Pink Line. Seoul Meals D.C. presently solely affords takeout and outdoors eating on the road’s sidewalk in entrance of the restaurant.
Diners are greeted by a small, blue-painted brick storefront and a sizzling pink entrance door after they method the restaurant. The door is sandwiched between two giant home windows lined with cabinets holding potted home crops and succulents as energetic decorations.
The restaurant’s solely seating choices are two small metallic tables outdoor, so in the event you’re trying to get pleasure from your meal with a gaggle of buddies, takeout is the best way to go.
Seoul Meals D.C.’s menu options primarily vegan and vegetarian dishes, like its cajun fried “rooster” sandwich ($16) and janchi bento field ($18), composed of candy potato glass noodles, a wide range of greens and a aspect of dumplings and kimchi.
If a plant-based meal isn’t for you, meat-eaters have loads of choices to select from, like bibimbap ($14-16) a Korean rice bowl with contemporary spinach, shredded carrots, daikon and purple radish topped with an over-easy egg, which clients can order with bulgogi marinated rooster for his or her protein choice.
The restaurant additionally affords grocery objects for buy, like its rainbow saengchae, a crunchy salad of candy potatoes and apples drizzled in sesame oil and sesame seeds, and its garlicky chive and onion kimchi ($9-13).
As an avid fan of noodles, I ordered the rainbow soba ($18), a buckwheat noodle bowl topped with traces of orange and purple candy potato saengchae, pickled golden beet, scallions, contemporary spinach, purple radish and sesame seeds, making the dish appear to be a rainbow of substances. For my protein choice, I selected the vegan croquettes, that are fried patties manufactured from black and cannellini beans, peppers, garlic, oats, onion and spices.
The buckwheat noodles had been barely salty and coated with a lightweight, oil-based candy and bitter sauce. The nice and cozy croquettes additionally soaked up among the tangy sauce and made for a contemporary, harmonic chew when mixed with the remainder of the greens within the bowl.
Prospects can select both a light, medium or spicy bowl, and I opted for the delicate choice. Whereas a lot of the bowl wasn’t too sizzling, the saengchae, a spicy Korean salad usually made out of raw greens, gave the dish the proper kick of spice.
The pickled golden beet added a barely vinegary and acidic crunch to the bowl with out overpowering any of the opposite flavors. The uncooked spinach and scallions gave the bowl a pop of inexperienced and added to the freshness of the dish.
The thinly chopped radishes added a vivid purple coloration to the dish and added simply the appropriate stage of saltiness. For the reason that noodles and greens had been served chilly, the vegan croquettes added a heat, fried aspect to the dish.
If you happen to’re within the temper for one thing candy after your dish, Seoul Meals D.C. affords a dessert menu with sweets like their matcha lemon curd cupcake ($6), made out of natural Japanese matcha, almond and oat flours and lemon curd buttercream, and Korean candy buns ($12 for two) with toasted cashew, cinnamon, brown sugar and agave.
To clean down your meal you may select from each alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like Maine Root Ginger-Lemongrass Lemonade ($4) and cyser ($4), a mead and cider hybrid with notes of honey and crispy apples. I ordered a blood-orange-flavored ginger ale ($3.5) to begin off, which was bubbly and candy with a touch of a pure, tangy orange taste.
Seoul Meals is a should go to this summer season in the event you’re searching for satisfying and refreshing plant-based dishes.