I love insider tips. So, when my friend JL said she knew about a Korean place specializing in noodles, specifically jajangmyeon or soy bean noodles (zha jiang mien in Chinese), I was there. Lunch Time restaurant (Joongmi in Korean) is oddly located in the basement of an office building in Annandale, VA. As we settled into the cafeteria-like setting, I felt like a real insider. There was a giant placemat/menu full of yummy Korean food and it was all so reasonably priced!
We each ordered our own bowls of jajangmyeon, and also ordered some spicy rice stick to share.
For those who don’t know, jajangmyeon is a dry noodle dish topped with a thick soy bean sauce usually with meat and tofu. The Chinese version also comes with julienned cucumbers and carrots. Even though the sauce looks dark, it’s actually not very salty. This bowl of jajangmyeon was great — the noodles were al dente and the sauce was flavorful. The bonus? We either got a special Korean discount (we had two Koreans among us) or the waitress made a big mistake, but it ended up being only $6/person after tax. We gave our server a huge tip!