A delightful food adventure begins in the ominous, poorly marked G Mart in Beaverton. Once inside, follow the shelves of packaged ramen to the meat counter in back, then take a sharp left up the stairs. Welcome to Koreatown, OR—little English is spoken, and the menu is intimidatingly lengthy. Here’s the deal: sit near the glass observation windows overlooking the sprawling Asian superstore while munching on banchan, a collection of traditional snacks, from salty kimchi to chile-spiked sausage. Skip the too-average barbecued meats, and concentrate on noodle dishes, especially the spicy, soul-warming jjol myun (rice noodles, vegetables, hard-boiled egg) or bibim naeng myun (cold, glossy buckwheat noodles lacquered with spice and cut tableside with scissors). Potent stews like kim chee chi gae—a bubbling pot of fiery red broth, slivered pork, and silken tofu—will suck the chill out right out of a Portland winter.
3975 SW 114th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005