Perfection in a Bowl of Cold Noodles

Joe MacBu had the buckwheat noodles at Chung Moo Rollrice & Dongas and hasn’t been the same since. “It was almost as perfect as a bowl of cold noodles could be,” he rhapsodizes. This was bi bim naeng myun, a brothless, gently spicy dish topped with shreds of egg, cucumber, cabbage, and dried seaweed, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Turn up the heat if you like with dried chile, mix it all together (bi bim means “mixed” in Korean, as in bi bim bap), and savor “the chewy slipperiness of the mildly spicy noodles, the crunch of the refreshing vegetables and the haunting accent of the toasted sesame,” says Joe. chefjellynow seconds this tip: “off the wall delicious.”

As great as the noodles are, they don’t seem to be the signature specialty at Chung Moo, a mostly takeout shop whose name touts its kim bap (rice rolls) and dongas (fried pork cutlet). Hounds haven’t sampled them yet, though they’ve spied nice-looking dumplings and tempura-like fried seafood and vegetables. The house-made soondae (blood sausage) has also gotten some buzz.

In more news from the shifting border of Korea, China, and Queens, Han Song Ting, a standout vendor from the fondly remembered Roosevelt Food Court, has resurfaced in a nearly vacant shopping center on Main Street, DaveCook reports. Fresh-made wheat noodles are the smart order, advises Joe MacBu, who recommends the number five, a delicious dish with ground meat in spicy broth. Another popular choice, he says, is a soup with noodles and rice cakes. The menu also includes bi bim bap and soondubu (soft bean curd), among other things.

Han Song Ting, whose owners are from Shenyang, was celebrated in its previous digs for its
hearty bing, the griddled wheat flatbreads from northern China. Its tiny new kitchen isn’t equipped to make them, sadly.

Chung Moo Rollrice & Dongas [Flushing]
39-04 Union Street (at 39th Avenue), Flushing, Queens
718-308-6502

Han Song Ting [Flushing]
In Main Plaza shopping center, 37-02 Main Street (at 37th Avenue), Flushing, Queens
646-236-0081

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