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Bring the Funk: Find Fermented Kimchi Everywhere in NoVA

Satisfy Your Kimchi Craving at These 7 Local Restaurants

Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant
Braised Short Ribs with Radicchio Kimchi / Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant

By Susannah Black

Kimchi started as a traditional Korean side dish that, as the New York Times says is really “ketchup, mustard and relish, all in one.” Because of the funky, spicy cabbage dish’s versatility, it’s been popping up in restaurants that serve all sorts of food. Here’s where to find kimchi no matter where you dine. 

Braised Short Ribs Tostadas at Virtue Feed & Grain
This gastropub on Old Town’s waterfront lets 48-hour braised short ribs topped with housemade kimchi and cilantro-scallion relish balance on a fried corn tortilla for $11. / Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria

Kimchi Dog at Angelika Film Center & Café
Selling much more than popcorn and candy, this cafe within a movie theater offers a kimchi dog—a hot dog topped with homemade kimchi slaw, green onions and crispy shallots for $7.50. / Angelika Film Center & Café, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax

Eggs & Kimchi at Maple Ave Restaurant and Water & Wall
Available at brunch, a dish of scrambled eggs, Chinese sausage, spam, caramelized kimchi, scallions and jasmine rice is available for $14 at this eclectic American restaurant. A similar dish ($10) is also available at Water & Wall. / Maple Ave Restaurant, 147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna & Water & Wall, 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 105, Arlington

Kimchi Pancakes/Spicy Kimchi Side at Mokomandy
Serving Korean and Cajun dishes under a modern American umbrella, Mokomandy offers a snack of crispy kimchi pancakes for $3. / Mokomandy, 20789 Great Falls Plaza, Unit 176, Sterling

The Korean BBQ/Kimchi topping at Pizzanese
This internationally-inspired pizza parlor makes a Korean barbecue pizza with red sauce, mozzarella, bulgogi beef, garlic, onions, green peppers and kimchi for $8.50. Or make your own pizza and top with kimchi. / Pizzanese, 13047 Worldgate Drive, Herndon

Braised Beef Short Ribs at Sea Pearl Restaurant
This Asian-inspired, seafood-centered restaurant offers a $30 short rib dish that includes sake, shoyu, garlic, wasabi potato and a kimchi salad made of radicchio. / Sea Pearl Restaurant, 8191 Strawberry Lane #2, Falls Church

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