Or, 'Bringin' the Kimchi to the D.C.'
A tub of homemade kimchi welcomes you with big silver tongs hanging out, ready to scoop. The big, leafy cabbage hunks aren't spicy, as in they'll activate the tear ducts spicy, but it should get your attention. Behind the counter, the son and mom chef-cum-cashiers are Korean and make it fresh at home.
Bulgogi and bibimbap are the "house" (mobile home?) specialties. For each, meat options include beef or chicken, regular or spicy, and a veggie option for bibimbap. Bulgogi was filling, but the spicy beef is slightly reminiscent of a sloppy Joe's: a bit sweet and tomato saucey.
Bibimbap is the way to go, especially for the indecisive eater. A little of this, a little of that. You get a choice of meat with fried egg, bean sprouts and carrot slices. "As good to eat as it is fun to say! Bee-beem-bop! Bee-beem-bop!" my friend wisely noted.
Another option—the boring one, in my opinion—is the chicken Teriyaki. Moist and flavorful, given all the dark meat, it hits the spot, but just a step up from Panda Express.
L Street Vending
Address: 14th Street NW & L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (map)
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