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”

Keep Cool In the Hollywood District

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This week in Portland we will have a legit heat wave on our hands—the predicted forecast as of the writing of this article is three days in the triple digits preceded by a day in the upper 90s (image via Weather Underground).

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Now, I don’t have air conditioning in my apartment so there will be times during the day when it will be roasting inside, to put it mildly. But the good news is this—dew points in the 40s and low 50s mean it won’t seem overly humid, especially compared to past summers back east. And there are plenty of ways to keep cool here in the Hollywood District—here’s my roundup of options.

Hollywood Theatre. This is the big dog of available choices, and spending the evening in their air conditioned theater sounds like a great way to stay cool. Critically-acclaimed Dunkirk is playing in magnificent 70mm each day at 6:30pm and 9pm, and on Friday An Inconvenient Sequel, part of the Portland EcoFilm Festival, screens at 7pm and 9:15pm. Amp up the chill factor with a serving of Salt & Straw ice cream or a cold bottle of kombucha, both sold at the concessions stand. 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, hollywoodtheatre.org

The Magnolia. Across the street from the Hollywood Theatre is The Magnolia, a beer and wine bar that serves primarily vegan food (though there are a few deviations from that—the tuna salad is particularly tasty). Recently on Facebook they posted, “The Magnolia has (pretty much the best) Air Conditioning,” so you can expect a comfortable time in their friendly and welcoming space. Open from 4-11pm except for Friday when it’s 4pm-midnight (closed Sunday and Monday). Happy hour is 4-6pm and starts again at 10pm ($4 drafts, $5 house wine, and $4 Garlic Cheesy Bread). 4075 NE Sandy Blvd, themagnoliabar.com Continue reading “Keep Cool In the Hollywood District”

Good Times at the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival

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This year’s artwork, designed by local artist Kirsten Karkanen, honors longtime friend of the Festival, Richard Frank, who passed away on January 28, 2017.

On Friday afternoon I spent some time at the Oregon Brewers Festival, which celebrates its 30th year this summer. I attended last year with family and we all had a blast, so I was definitely looking forward to it again this year. It did not disappoint (full disclosure: I was provided with a mug and tokens by the Festival organizers). I also learned something about my own current beer preferences—it took having a feast of tasting opportunities at my fingertips to see where my inclinations are these days. Spoiler: it’s beer brewed with or flavored with fruit.

The Oregon Brewers Festival, according to the organizers, is “one of the oldest and best-loved craft beer festivals in the world” and attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year (about 80,000). It takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. There are four entrances: SW Oak Street, SW Pine Street, under the Morrison Street Bridge and along the sea wall at Pine; it takes up about the space of six blocks.

The festival is free to enter, but to taste you must buy a commemorative mug for $7 and tokens (wooden pogs) for a dollar apiece. Each token gets you a generous sample, and five tokens gets you a full mug of beer. Personally, I find five tastes to be preferable to a whole mug, since this is a fantastic opportunity to try out a whole slew of different beers. Root beer costs $1 or one token. Continue reading “Good Times at the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival”