Zannchi - Washington, DC
The mandu were delicious. Crispy and chewy with a generous amount of juicy meat filling on the inside, almost reminiscent of a soup dumpling. As The SE was chowing down enthusiastically on the mandu, the friendly gentlemen was overheard telling the next table over that Zannchi was temporarily out of mandu. The SE nodded in approval. These mandu are obviously handmade every day, in house, with lots of care - no cutting corners here.
Moving on, The SE pulled the jap chae noodles over for a closer inspection. At first glance, they did not look promising. While the dish was undoubtedly beautiful, The SE was worried that the noodles were dry with little to no seasoning. Just goes to show that pre-judging a dish by its looks never pays off - they were delicious. Glorious threads of glass noodles were seasoned to the core yet seemingly had half the oil as other dishes of similar quality, thus the misperception of them being dry. Blanched mushrooms, carrots, and spinach added a crunchy contrast to the chewyness of the noodles.
The SE made a decent sized dent in the jap chae before having to call it quits. Signaling the friendly gentlemen over to the table, The SE nodded in satisfaction at the day's find. Picking up an umbrella, The SE stood up and mosied over to the door, mentally preparing to brave the relentless waves of water wreaking havoc outside.
Zannchi is open daily from 11:30am - 10:00pm at 1529 Wisconsin Avenue. Calling ahead for a reservation, especially for large parties, highly recommended due to limited seating.
Pinky's up, fellow SE's!