Sterling's sleek, contemporary new Mokomandy restaurant is the dining 
equivalent of he said, she said. Mokomandy--which stands for Modern Korean 
by Mandy (the Cajun co-owner)--splits its menu between Mandy's Cajun 
flavors and dishes that represent her Korean-American husband's heritage. 
Banish any fears of kimchi-topped po'boys; the menu is respectful to both 
cuisines and rarely strays into fusion territory. Po'boys do show up topped 
with crab cakes on brioche buns ($14). Also on the menu are a spicy 
crawfish ?touff?e ($12) and marinated beef bulgogi ($10). While the 
cuisines seem disparate, the lighter Korean dishes--like Korean tuna 
tartare ($11)--are an excellent way to offset boudin balls ($7) and other 
heavy Southern dishes. The best way to get a quick taste of the kitchen's 
range is through the panchan--small plates ($2 each) served at the start of 
Korean meals. Apart from Korean essentials like two types of kimchi--either 
spicy or a broth-based version called 'water kimchi' that's used to lessen 
spicy dishes--there are several Cajun-style offerings. Pork cracklins are a 
highlight. Served warm, the crisp, puffy chips come dusted with spicy Cajun 
seasoning and are easy to eat in multiples. Southern pickles also show up 
across the board, including wedges of tart green tomatoes, fiery heirloom 
carrots, radish slices and butter-pickle chips. Small bites are also a good 
way to finish a visit: Sugar-dusted beignets ($6) arrive piping hot with 
chocolate and caramel sauces. Mokomandy, 20789 Great Falls Plaza, Sterling; 
571-313-0505 or mokomandy.com http://www.mokomandy.com/ (map/directions 
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Sterling's sleek, contemporary new Mokomandy restaurant is the dining equivalent of he said, she said.

Mokomandy--which stands for Modern Korean by Mandy (the Cajun co-owner)--splits its menu between Mandy's Cajun flavors and dishes that represent her Korean-American husband's heritage.

Banish any fears of kimchi-topped po'boys; the menu is respectful to both cuisines and rarely strays into fusion territory. Po'boys do show up topped with crab cakes on brioche buns ($14). Also on the menu are a spicy crawfish étouffée ($12) and marinated beef bulgogi ($10).

While the cuisines seem disparate, the lighter Korean dishes--like Korean tuna tartare ($11)--are an excellent way to offset boudin balls ($7) and other heavy Southern dishes.

The best way to get a quick taste of the kitchen's range is through the panchan--small plates ($2 each) served at the start of Korean meals.

Apart from Korean essentials like two types of kimchi--either spicy or a broth-based version called "water kimchi" that's used to lessen spicy dishes--there are several Cajun-style offerings. Pork cracklins are a highlight. Served warm, the crisp, puffy chips come dusted with spicy Cajun seasoning and are easy to eat in multiples.

Southern pickles also show up across the board, including wedges of tart green tomatoes, fiery heirloom carrots, radish slices and butter-pickle chips.

Small bites are also a good way to finish a visit: Sugar-dusted beignets ($6) arrive piping hot with chocolate and caramel sauces.

Mokomandy, 20789 Great Falls Plaza, Sterling; 571-313-0505 or mokomandy.com (map/directions)
CHECKOUT The Mokomandy Dinner Menu (pdf)
 
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