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Hunting for cham pong(sp?)

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Hunting for cham pong(sp?)

MisterC | Jul 12, 2004 03:48 PM

A few years back, I was introduced to a fantastic noodle dish known in Korean/Chinese ethnic circles as "cham pong". It consists of a meat-based spicy broth, ramen-style egg noodles, seafood (shrimp, scallops, squid, fish-cake) and fresh vegetables. Since then, I've hunted around the Chicago area trying to find this dish with little success.

Every Korean restaurant I've been to says, "no, that's a Chinese dish, we don't serve that here", and every Chinese restaurant I've been to says, "no, that's a Korean dish, we don't serve that here".

I beseech you, knowledgable chowhounds, to abet me in my quest to hunt down this tasty treat. The only place that I've been able to find it so far is out near Barrington, in a Chinese restaurant located within a strip mall that also houses a Strawberry Fields.

As an aside, I realize that the definition of "spicy" is subjective, and can be hotly debated(no pun intended). My personal scale runs along the following lines:
1 - Tabasco
5 - fresh habanero salsa
10 - whole, raw habaneros/scotch bonnets dipped in ethanol and set on fire

I'm looking for something around the 4-6 range.

TiA,
Mr.C

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