A recent special at Natural Tofu Restaurant (Queens Blvd. & 41st St, Sunnyside) caught my eye. The sign said "One Cold Spice Noodle Soup".
This is great stuff, especially on a hot, late summer day. Sort of like cold pho, but with more of a vinegar bite to it. Very thin buckwheat noodles which the waitress cuts with scissors (they cut everything in this restaurant with scissors, it seems), julienned zucchini, very thin slices of beef, some very spicy pickled peppers, and a handful of sliced raw pear. To me it's the surprising taste of pears that makes the dish so unique and wonderful. Anyone know what the proper Korean name for this soup might be, and if there are other good examples of it around?