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[PDX] Nakwon...

extramsg | Jan 24, 2006 08:55 PM

A group of 12 of us, the max for Nakwon's BBQ room, had dinner there last night.

Here's what we got:

2 Galbi-Anchangsal: slices of prime rib marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, black pepper, and sesame oil. ($17.75)

2 Bulgogi: thin slices of beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, onions, black pepper, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. ($13.75)

2 L.A. Ribs: beef short ribs marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, green onions, garlic, black pepper, sugar, and sesame oil. ($14.75)

All these were served with kimchi, lettuce, garlic, and jalapenos.

For apps, we ordered steamed pot stickers ($4.75), pan-fried pot stickers ($4.75), bi bim bop ($7.50), seafood pancake ($8.75), spicy tofu stew with seafood ($9.75).

I thought the amount of meat was ultimately fine, but I would have liked to have ordered some more prepared dishes to taste more stuff.

I thought the short ribs were clearly the best of the beef. Best marinade, but also were very tender and meaty. The prime rib slices, despite being the most expensive, were just too chewy, I think, though I did like the fat when it got crispy. We needed coals. The gas grills just weren't hot enough. And they're really too small, too. I'd like to try the short ribs again cooked by them.

I'm not a fan of steamed wrappers, so I much preferred the pan-fried pot stickers. I thought the innards were tasty enough, but not really distinguished. The bi bim bop seemed fine, the egg was nicely cooked on top, left perfectly runny, and the vegetables were all cooked nicely. I didn't try the soup, but the seafood pancake had a great flavor and creamy texture.

The panchan was a little wimpy. The kimchi was decent, though not especially crisp or flavorful. The potato salad was creamy, maybe a little heavily dressed, with big chunks of egg. The seaweed were a bit strong for me, but others seemed to like it. I really liked the bean sprouts, lightly dressed and crunchy with a little sweetness. It seems like there was something else, too, but I'm blanking. Not a good variety, though.

I'd like to go back some time and try some house made dishes like the stir fried kimchi with thick sliced pork belly.

4600 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR
(503) 646-9382

Link: http://portlandfood.org/modules.php?n...

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