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.
Summer Ice Cream Series: Salt & Straw + Xurros
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8am-8pm
180 Xurros, 2218 NE Broadway Street, Portland
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”
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 area. Here’s their list:
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.