First Tastes: Sweet, Savory, Salad

Portland is full of delicious food, so here are some first impressions on the latest tasty things I’ve eaten recently in town.

Dahi Papri Chaat | Bollywood Theatre. I ate lunch there a while back and really enjoyed the meal, but the dish that has really stuck with me is their Dahi Papri Chaat. It starts with a base of housemade garbanzo bean flour crackers, then topped with small dark chickpeas, little cubes of potatoes, yogurt, cilantro, tamarind chutney, all dusted with chili powder and topped with sev, a kind of crunchy noodle made from chickpea flour paste. I had something like this at Dosa Hutt in Flushing a few years ago, and have been hoping to encounter a similar dish since. It’s quite saucy and very flavorful; a true flavor bomb. I love the contrasts of cooling yogurt and spicy chili powder, earthy chickpeas and tart chutney. I could eat this every day. bollywoodtheaterpdx.com, 2039 NE Alberta Street, Portland  Continue reading “First Tastes: Sweet, Savory, Salad”

The Official Bloglovin’ Claim Post

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It’s interesting to see what you need to do to add functionality to your website, and to “expand your reach,” as they say. The next step for this blog is its taking part in the community Bloglovin’—according to Wikipedia it is “a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs.” In order to participate, you must “claim” your blog by posting a snippet of HTML in a new post. Instead of trying to slip it in surreptitiously (as much as one could), I’m just going to be transparent with it and put it out there like this.

And so it goes in the blog building network—onward!

Naengmyeon For Hot Days

Naengmyeon, or Naengmyun, a chilled Korean noodle soup, is worth seeking out.

I first tasted it when I was doing research for the Flushing section of my book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens. On a warm and rainy afternoon I took the LIRR out to the Murray Hill stop and met up with my friend Sang Joon and we headed to Kum Sung Chik Naengmyun specifically for their naengmyun. When we ordered, they gave us the option of arrowroot noodles along with buckwheat and Sang Joon recommended I go with the chewy arrowroot (it’s in the restaurant’s name, “chik”). I’m glad he did.

I remember wondering how tasty cold beef noodle soup could be and I was delighted with how good it was; kind of a chilly comfort food. I had the mul-naengmyun style, which was light, sweet and sour. I remember really liking the bits of icy, slushy broth still in the soup, the cool beefy flavor, and the sweet pear topping. It was one of the more memorable meals during my book research.

So I’m really glad to see that The Oregonian put together a short roundup of places where you can find naengmyun in the areaHere’s their list:

  • Gangnam Korean BBQ, 2473 NW 185th Avenue, Hillsboro, 503-690-9551
  • JCD Korean Restaurant, 3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, 503-644-7378 (about a half mile north of the Beaverton Central MAX station)
  • Nak Won, 4600 SW Watson Avenue, Beaverton, 503-646-9382 (about a half mile south of the Beaverton Central MAX station)
  • Spring restaurant, 3975 SW 114th Avenue, Beaverton, 503-641-3670 (about a half mile east of the Beaverton Transit Center)

Definitely read the article for a brief primer on naengmyeon and a little bit about the different local spots where you can find it. If there’s any time to eat it, it’s now during this crazy heatwave right now. And here’s how to make it! I’ll have to give it a try next summer when H Mart arrives in Portland.

Stay cool this summer with Korea’s favorite chilled noodle soup [The Oregonian]

Portland Area Food Events, August 3-10

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Trust us, the food from the Caucuses is crazy delicious.

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat PDX Tapping
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-8pm
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman Street, Portland

McMenamins West Linn Brewer Ryan Lund returns to share his summery Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat. This event is also eligible for a Limited-Edition Beer Tasting Stamp in your McMenamins passport. Happy hour pricing and a chance to chat with the brewer. More information.

Clark County Fair
Friday, August 4-13, 2017, Opening Friday 8am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm
Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA

This year’s Clark County Fair features entertainment, family activities, a carnival, kids’ contests, 4-H events, and plenty of family fun. There will be a number of food contests, including a watermelon eating contest, cheeseburger eating contest, pie eating contest, and hot dog eating contest. There will be lots of classic fair food, too. $11.25 Adult, $9.25 Seniors, $8.25 Children 7-12, Kids 6 and under FREE; there are some pricing packages, too. More information Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, August 3-10”

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, July 2017: Summer and Events

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It’s always interesting to go through the stats and see what readers are drawn to here on Bridgetown Bites. July 2017 was our inaugural month so there’s not a ton of content on the site yet, but here’s what you all were reading over the month.

5. Portland Area Food Events, July 20-27

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Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, July 2017: Summer and Events”