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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.7
5.0
$20
Korean
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon–Sat 5:00pm–1:00am
Sun 4:00pm–11:00pm

Bar Beer, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

Beaverton
3492 SW Cedar HIlls Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
(503) 644-7378
JCD Korean Restaurant
Don’t be fooled by the humble strip-mall digs—this is a real pork palace

This little Beaverton gem is barely recognizable as a restaurant; there’s hardly a word printed in English on the sign. Its full name is Jang Choong Dong Wang Jok Bal, which translates roughly to “Jang Choong Dong’s Pig Hock Palace.” We understand shortening it to JCD, but to us, it will always be “Pig Hock Palace.”

Upon arrival, you will surely think you’re at the wrong place; the restaurant is sandwiched between a video store and an extremely odd sushi joint, in the same shopping plaza as Noho’s Hawaiian. But inside there’s a certain charm to the place. It’s been recently remodeled, and the wooden booths have a dingy elegance. The windows are covered well enough to shield you from the strip-mall parking lot.

This is not the place for Korean barbecue; rather, they do superlative soups, stews, and spicy dishes, headlined by a delicious beef-brisket stew whose deep, complex broth comes from long, slow cooking. A spicy-pork-neck-and-potato stew is also profound and invigorating, with no odd bits of cartilage or bone to contend with. Pajaeon, seafood pancake, is also terrific, full of fresh-tasting chunks of shrimp and squid. A traditional fermented soybean paste soup, daen jang jigae, might be challenging for newcomers, but if you love full frontal umami exposure, you’ll be a fan. Also addictive are soondae (tender blood sausage studded with rice noodles and infused with aromatics) and dokboki, toothsome rice cakes in a spicy goo.

Banchan are generous and all are good. To drink, there’s Hite (Korean beer) and Korea’s more famous rice-based spirit, soju. The place often hops on weekend nights, and parking can be challenging. Don’t expect great service, especially on those nights. But do come expecting some powerful pig hocks. What else would you expect from a place that looks like this?

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