One of the reasons why I love Korean restaurants is because–while most restos give you breadsticks and crackers–Korean restaurants give you an endless amount of various savory tapas (banchan) to enjoy as you wait for your meal (like kimchi, potato salad, marinated seaweed, pickled cucumber and more). The newly expanded Tofu Lighthouse in Annandale, VA now features another expansive dining room and offers discounted combinations you can split between two or more people.
Wildly popular for their spicy tofu soup (soondubu jigae), Tofu Lighthouse is a warm escape from the cold weather that my friend, Frances (<3) and I frequent every few weeks. With new combinations added to the menu–you can now split an order of Pa Jeon (savory scallion pancake), Je Yuk (spicy pork) or Bulgogi (sweet marinated thinly-sliced rib eye), and two pots of soup for only $35! The soup is served bubbling and boiling hot with a separate dish holding a few raw eggs you can crack into the pot before digging in. Soondubu jigae is made of uncurdled tofu, vegetables, chili powder, dried anchovy, sesame oil, pepper flakes and your choice of either beef, seafood or a combination of both. I ordered the combo, which comes with oysters, mussels, shrimp and beef.
Below is a video of our experience… and a sad attempt at trying to pronounce each dish’s name. 😉 Don’t judge! As much as we love the cuisine, we aren’t Korean!
4121 Chatelain Road, Annandale, VA; 703-333-3436.
6035 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville; 703-825-1550.
12710 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD; 301-881-1178.For soondubu in DC–check out Mandu.