Cold Noodles at Pro Hot Korean is Actually Bi Bim Naengmyeon
At the peak of the heat last week I reported that Pro Hot Korean (on 56th btw. 5+6th) was now serving naengmyeon, a cold summertime Korean noodle soup- welcome news for anybody who works in the northern part of Midtown and can’t trek to Koreatown for some refreshing cold noodles. It turns out the version they serve is Bi Bim Naengmyeon, which isn’t a soup at all (like the Japanese hiyashi chuka) but a cold noodle salad mixed with red chile paste, zucchini and apples or asian pear. Oftentimes it will come with a cold broth on the side and Pro Hot Korean gives you a cup of their “miso” soup, but it was hot so I’m guessing you’re not actually supposed to pour it over the noodles (unless maybe the hot broth gets cooled down by the cold noodles? I’ll admit, I don’t really know.)
As with anything pre-packaged, and the PHK version of naengmyeon is made in advance, it wasn’t the best thing I had ever had- but it certainly was refreshing and fairly tasty. They were also serving a kimchee dangmyeon, which is pretty much the same thing (at Pro Hot Korean anyway), but instead of the buckwheat noodles they use the standard Korean glass noodles. For $2 less ($6.95 instead of $8.95) I think next time I may try the dangmyeon. Despite using a different noodle, they both looked practically the same from the outside (although the naengmyeon comes with half of a hard boiled egg.)
The best deal is after the jump.
I didn’t notice this until afterwards, but for the same price as the naengmyeon ($8.95), you can get kalbi ribs, with rice and some of the korean cold noodles on the side. I’m not sure which of the two noodles it was (although I’m guessing it was the cheaper kimchee version), but either way- I’m all about variety, so next time I’m craving cold noodles, I think it will be the galbi rib box for me.
Pro Hot Korean, 62 W. 56th St. (btw. 5+6th) 212-397-9104