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Summer in the city (for real this time)

chibi | Jul 9, 200207:34 PM

On hot days such as the one we are experiencing now, I find few foods as easy to eat as mul naeng myon (cold korean noodles). Chewy buckwheat noodles in a cold beef broth topped with a few slices of beef, daikon radish, cucumbers, half a hardboiled egg, maybe some asian pear, and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Adding a dollop of mustard and a splash of vinegar results in a chilly slurpy experience that fills me up while significantly dropping the internal core temperature.

I've recently tried the versions at the following:
Jang Soo on Geary in SF - ok, but the noodles were a touch sticky.
Seoul Garden in Japantown SF - not good at all, the glowing brown broth looked suspiciously as though it had come from a can or cubes, and the one tough slice of beef tasted rancid. Also, their panchan selection made a pretty poor showing.
Seoul Gom Tang II in Oakland - a previous posting had lauded the dish here and it was by far my favorite. Firm, chewy noodles in a rich icy broth, plenty of crisp slivers of pear, radish and cucumber. And did I mention the unlimited quantities of kick ass kimchee?

Anyone care to share their recommendations for good places for mul naeng myon? Or for that matter, other favorite hot weather eats?

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