|Yuk gae jung with age tofu and chapchae in the back|
Yuk gae jang is a Korean beef soup perfect for your winter, and Han Sung Restaurant in Ellicott City will ladle it out for you.
Han Sung is a small casual restaurant just south of Rte 40. Many of the people coming through were eating sushi or tempura. But there is a small variety of homestyle Korean food, and I'm looking to eat beyond the barbecue and the Korean-Chinese noodles that I love.
Yuk gae jang is a bowl thick with shredded flank steak, scallions and noodles in a red-tinged broth. The soup has a spicy zest, but it's not the fiery flavor that you can get in some Korean dishes. It's a filling dish. The beef cooked tender. The noodles soak up the broth. On the side you get a metal container of rice, which you spoon into the bowl and adds a nice heartiness.
Han Sung doesn't have the panache of Shin Chon Garden, which is our repeat joint for Korean. But we're trying new spots, and I directed us to Han Sung -- and to yuk gae jung -- based on a Yelp review by Ji K. They put out a nice table of vegetable panchan, and it seems like the right place for a dinner of soup and sushi.
One note: Ask for the main dish serving of yuk gae jung ($11). It's in English on the takeout menu, but the regular menu lists the main dish soups only in Korean. Next time, we'll try the mandu gook -- dumplings in a beef broth -- or the seafood pancakes. Anyone else suggest dishes at Han Sung?
Han Sung Restaurant
3570 St. Johns Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21043
NEAR: Han Sung is in a small commercial development on St. Johns Lane south of Rte 29. You drive past a cemetery on the right, and then turn right into a brick commercial building just before the next intersection with Frederick Road. Han Sung is around the corner and faces Frederick Road.