Portland, Oregon is a virtual epicurean wonderland ! And we are trying our best to take full advantage of all opportunites every time we have a chance to be there.
In our short visit, we were treated to fantastic Korean food at the Be Won on North 23rd Street in the heart of downtown Portland.
From their menu we were introduced to the different types of Korean food….
which can be divided into the following categories:
Juk: a rice porridge often served as a restorative, can include chicken, vegetables, beans, ginseng and mushrooms
pan fried vegetables or seafood; there are also pancake-like Jeon that consist of meat and vegetables integrated into a batter
Guk and Tang soup made from a variety of different vegetables, meats and seafood
Chi-ge and Jeongol
traditional Korean stews and casseroles
Jim and Jorim dishes of meat or fish simmered in many ingredients and spices
broiled or barbecued dishes
Namul lightly seasoned fresh vegetables or wild green dishes
stir fried dishes made with variety of vegetables, seafood or meat
boiled rice, often garnished with beans, barley, millet or other grains to enhance flavor or nutritional value
kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish made with Korean cabbage, cucumbers or radishes with a mixture of other vegetables and seasonings, there are more than 160 kimchi varieties differentiated by region and ingredients
Check out their fantastic menu items at this site:
One evening, we had dinner at Hakatamon Restaurant next to the Beaverton Uwajimaya Asian Market. Hakatamon serves fresh udon noodles, made by hand by Chef Kato each day for the delicious udon soups. After we ate, we strolled through the incredible market with aisles full of speciality Asian groceries and gifts. A fantastic treat !
At our next stop, (one of our favorite chain restaurants), we ordered classical Chinese food. PF Changs is delightfully consistent in their presentation and quality. The Gluten Free Menu is quite extensive and even includes dessert ! There are several locations listed on their website:
For a treat, we found the Saint Honore Boulangerie in Lake Oswego. This French bakery features handcrafted French breads and pastries. Quiches, sandwiches, salads and soups are also on the menu. Two of us ordered the Choquettes….puffy baked pastry with pate a choux and dusted with rock sugar. Two of us decided on the Gateau….Gateau Orange and Gateau au Chocolate….both flourless cakes, rich and flavorful.