grover Posted April 4, 2008 Share Posted April 4, 2008 Jahng-Won Bahn Jom opened in Annandale recently. (I don't know if it has an English name) It is located where Jin-Sung Garden used to be. A restaurant with the same name used to be in Rockville and closed for a while. I am not sure that this one is under the same ownership. (Some of staff looks familiar because I have seen them at other restaurants.) We went there last Saturday for lunch and it was packed. The specialty is hand-made noodles. I ordered black bean noodle (Jajang myun - my bench-marking food for Korean-Chinese restaurants) and my hubby had the spicy seafood noodle soup (Jampong). I loved the noodle texture. The sauce contained decent amount of pork meat and was very good. My hubby told me that the spicy noodle soup wasn't quite spicy enough for him but that the seafood was plentiful and the noodles very tasty. Compared to Dah-Rae Won which serves the same kind of hand-made noodles, I prefer Dah-Rae Won's noodles because Dah-Rae Won's noodles have better texture. When a noodle master makes noodles, he throws the dough onto a butcher block so you hear the thump sound from the kitchen. The more the dough gets beaten, the better the texture. It is definitely an energy and time consuming process. When I visited Dah-Rae Won, it was not busy so there was more time to make the noodles so it may not be a fair comparison for Jahng-Won Bahn Jom. In comparison to Joong-Wha Won (the other Korean-Chinese restaurant in Annandale), I would say Jahng-Won Bahn Jom is definitely better because of the better noodle texture, better banchan (very good radish but no cabbage kimchi--very strange) and brighter dining room. The service and the price are similar to each other. It is worth trying Jahng-Won Bahn Jom and so we are going there again tonight. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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