Author Archive for Mary Kong-DeVito

Are You Gonna Eat That? Seoul Soondae’s Korean Blood Sausage Soup

The Dish: Soondae blood sausage soup Where to Get It: Seoul Soondae, 4231 Markham Street, Annandale; (703) 642-2220 Price: $8.99 What It Is: Korean blood sausage is unlike its cousins British blood pudding, Spanish morcilla, and French boudin noir—all of which have a denser, richer texture and taste. Soondae (or sundae) is just as dark, […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Star and Shamrock’s Fried Matzo Balls

The Dish: Sadie’s fried matzo balls with sauteed onions Price: $6.50 Where to Get It: Star and Shamrock, 1341 H St. NE; (202) 388-3833; What It Is: Juicy matzo balls halved and pan-fried with sauteed onions, served with a house-made chicken dipping broth. What It Tastes Like: Home-fried potatoes with a more mealy texture. […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Cha Bong Pork Floss

The Dish: Cha bong pork floss Where to Get It: Song Que at Eden Center, 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; (703) 536-7900; Price: $6 What It Is: Shreds of pork dry-roasted with salt and sugar and used as a topping for many foods, including noodles, soups, and rice dishes. What It Tastes Like: This […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Eat The Rich’s Whelks

The Dish: Rapa whelks with J.O. mayo Where to Get It: Eat the Rich, 1839 7th St. NW; (202) 316-9396; Price: $15 What It Is: Rapa whelks are sea snails—the less-appreciated escargots of the ocean. Scientists discovered the invasive species, native to Asia, in the Chesapeake Bay in 1998. Now they’re caught in traps […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Ted’s Bulletin’s Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

The Dish: Drew’s Peanut Butter Bacon Burger Where to Get It: Ted’s Bulletin, 1818 14th St. NW and 505 8th St. SE Price: $12.79 What It Is: An eight-ounce beef patty topped with bacon and peanut butter on a sesame seed brioche bun, served with tomato, lettuce, onion, and pickles plus fries and house-made tomato […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Cactus Fries at Casa Oaxaca

The Dish: Nopalitos fritos Where to Get It: Casa Oaxaca, 2106 18th St. NW; (202) 387-2272; Price: $9 What It Is: Cactus paddles seasoned with Mexican oregano, then battered and fried in crunchy blue cornmeal and served with a spicy avocado-tomatillo salsa. What It Tastes Like: Think cornmeal-crusted fried okra, and you get the […]

Domku Brings Back Its Pickled Herring Martini

Love pickled herring? Now, you can drink it. Scandinavian Petworth eatery Domku relaunched its pickled herring martini last Tuesday. This curious cocktail came about five years ago when owner Kera Carpenter decided to marry the Scandinavian custom of eating pickled herring with shots of aquavit before a meal. But the drink disappeared from the menu after […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Balut

The Dish: Balut Where to Get It: Filipino Home Baking & Grocery, 11222 Triangle Lane, Wheaton; (301) 942-2800 Price: $1.29 each What It Is: A duck egg with a visible 16- to 21-day-old embryo inside—wings, beak, and all. A good balut has four parts: the white, the yolk, the amniotic fluid, and the embryo itself. […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Kangaroo Boxing Club’s Fuck’it Bucket

The Dish: The Fuck’it Bucket Where to Get It: Kangaroo Boxing Club, 3410 11th St. NW; (202) 505-4522; Price: $10 What It Is: “A bowl full of awesome,” according to the vague yet accurate menu description. “It’s a creative channel for whoever’s in the kitchen with all our menu items at their disposal,” says […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? The Pig’s Brain and Egg Sandwich

The Dish: Brain and egg sandwich Where to Get It: The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW; (202) 290-2821; Price: $13 What It Is: Veal brains poached in milk, then breaded and deep fried and topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar, local pork head cheese, Serrano chilies, scallions and herbs, tomatoes from The Pig’s own Eatwell […]