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Jul 30, 2008 01:51 PM

Cold noodles in D.C. area

There was an article on the San Francisco Chronicle website today about great places to eat Japanese, Korean and Chinese cold noodles. Anyone know of a great place to eat cold noodles in the D.C. area? In particular, I'd love to find hiyashi chuka (Japanese cold ramen), but I'd go for Korean or Chinese as well.

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  1. I ate Chinese cold noodles recently at TemptAsian in Annandale and A&J in Rockville (also in Arlington).

    1. I've always really loved the cold sesame noodles at Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Restaurant in Woodley Park. They also deliver to a limited area (sadly, not my apartment anymore :( )

      1. Naeng myon, a North Korean dish consisting of cold noodles in cold broth, is available at many (if not most) local Korean restaurants, including Woo Lae Oak in Tyson's Corner.

        Woo Lae Oak
        8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

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        1. re: ballston01

          Best Naeng Myul I've had are at Yett Gol in Glenmont shopping center in Wheaton at Randolph & Georgia. Great seafood pancake, Seoul Long Tang, Boiled beef & tripe appetizer and Soon du Bu. The rest of the menu is pretty standard and just OK.

        2. After years of trying cold noodle dishes and not 'getting it,' I finally had a eureka moment with the Chengdu noodles at Hong Kong Palace in Falls Church, VA (Seven Corners). The texture is perfect every time. Caution: very spicy.

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          1. re: Steve

            Chinese cold noodles are vastly different from Japanese cold noodles. Chinese noodles are not subtle. The chengdu noodle mentioned above is covered in a heavy spicy sauce, whereas, the soba I've had in NYC is served without sauce, and you dip it yourself in a light soy-concoction. Just very different foods.

            1. re: Steve

              Agreed - with both Steve and Ericandblueboy. The Chengdu noodles are very definitely not subtle, but they are incredible.

            2. Zaru soba is ridiculously easy to make at home.

              I think that all of the Korean grocery stores with a lunch counter have naengmyun.