I never need an excuse to eat Asian noodle soups, but it being the dead of winter and the start of Chinese New Year, the timing seemed particularly good for rounding up a few of my favorites.
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The Korean spicy tofu soup sundudbu jjigae is incredibly savory and satisfying, the kind of soup where you keep spooning up the broth even when you're full.
For a long time, Mandalay lahpet was the only Burmese salad I'd ever had (or heard of), but there are 10 others on the menu at YoMa, and this past weekend I tried three more.
My love for eggplant started later in life (like, two years ago), but I've been addicted to it ever since. It's the spongy fruit's transformative quality that impresses me most; when exposed to enough heat over a long enough period of time, even the densest, thickest specimen will collapse into a plush, silky mass that readily soaks up just about any flavor you throw at it.
Editor's note: Turning our attention from D.C., for a bit, let's go to another of the country's historic cities, Boston. Sunset Grill & Tap looks like an ideal place to celebrate this historic day, doncha think? Bonus: Free midnight buffet on Tuesday nights (and on Sundays and Mondays)! There are those who enjoy a cold beer at happy hour, but don’t know a lager from a lambic. And then there are those who appreciate the flavor and subtlety of beer the way wine snobs do their vino—who love the hoppy tang of an IPA, or a toasty, full-bodied Guinness, or a lively, crisp Saison. But both kinds of beer-lovers can find common ground at Sunset Grill & Tap. Just west...