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Aug 27, 2009 04:44 PM

Chung Moo Rollrice and Dongas - Oh My! The Bibim Naeng Myun!

Today, I experienced an orgasmic bowl of bibim naeng myun at Chung Moo Rollrice & Dongas.

Bibim naeng myun is the brothless and spicy version of mool naeng myun and I cannot believe that I had remained a virgin for so long. The massive portion ($7) could have easily fed two, though I swallowed the whole thing and was unpleasantly full. It was almost as perfect as a bowl of cold noodles could be. The kelp colored dark noodles are topped with a spicy paste, egg, cucumber, cabbage and sesame seed. Mix it well and you'll experience the chewy slipperiness of the mildly spicy noodles, the crunch of the refreshing vegetables and the haunting accent of the toasted sesame. It really is like a beautiful chamber orchestra in your mouth. I like it a little rougher so I added some chili powder and was in bliss.

Evidently, everyone could tell what state I was in. Sidewalkers did double takes. One woman stopped dead in her track and stared blatantly for several moments at the beautiful noodles. Even the man who had so self-assuredly ordered the sundae looked doubtful about his choice. A rarefied lady of impeccable taste whispered a question to the old proprietress. To which she responded with a proud grin: bibim. naeng. myun.

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  1. Chung Moo Rollrice & Dongas
    39-04 Union St

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    1. re: Joe MacBu

      Bibim Naeng Myun sounds yum but I've been craving Soondae and gonna give this place a try tomorrow. Thanks Joe.

    2. sounds great; thanks. this is on the mini-strip btwn northern towards roosevelt? have you also eaten at the chinese-korean which sells steamed buns in the front window? apparently very good; we've had the buns and they were really good.

      at first i thought oyour title referred to Chung Moo Ro in manhattan's k-town which used to have a nice naeng-myun but last couple times i went, it was bad.

      thanks! and soondae is the bomb, sounds like a good two-fer.

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      1. re: bigjeff

        Those buns look enticing, but I have not tried them. Next time.

        CMRAD seems to mostly make kimbap (rollrice), deep-fried battered veggies and mandoo (including kimchi). Most of the takeout orders are for these items. I've heard the sundae is pretty good. Let us know if you try it.

        1. re: Joe MacBu

          hmmm, fried veg specialist? is this the place next to the parking lot of the koryodang on union st then? narrow, brightly lit, piles of fried veg in the front window? or its competitor?

          1. re: bigjeff

            Sounds like it.
            It has an orange awning with the name clearly visible.
            The address I provided above is correct, so it's not really an issue to find it once you're on the block.

            1. re: Joe MacBu

              i will be trying tomorrow, will report with pics

              tyvm :)

              1. re: chefjellynow

                Please find out what the heck a dongas is. The only thing I pulled up was pork cutlet. I don't recall seeing that on the menu, but if they have it....

                1. re: Joe MacBu

                  I was thinking the same thing - it may be the Korean way of saying/pronouncing "tonkatsu". Bigjeff mentioned deep-fried veggies at least.

                  1. re: Joe MacBu

                    ok here goes
                    PICS ATTACHED !

                    Bibim naeng myun was off the wall delicious...really..
                    it was perfection
                    i too had people staring at me in bewilderment, i had the biggest smile on my face.

                    dongas are pork cutlets, thats all she told me, she was busy.

                    there dumplings on the trays looked soooo good but i was stuffed, next time i will be getting food for the family including dumplings, rollrice, noodles and soon dae

                    tyvm joe for the rec.

                    1. re: chefjellynow

                      Glad it lived up to the hype.

                      Their kimchi mandoo looks so good.

            2. Bibim Nang Myun was extremely sweet and had no heat. I wanted to tell the sweet hal-muh-ni that she should cut the sugar in half and it would be sweet enough. Noodles lacked the chewy (jolgi jolgi) texture. Overcooked.

              What's really good here for me was the O-Deng soup and dukkbokki together. O-Deng took me right back to my childhood in Korea. I miss my ice skates and mana chek.