Mango Ice Cream from Pagoto Organic, Dish #81

Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our “Best of 2012” issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

Late July is, no doubt, one of the best times of the year. C’mon, it’s peak summertime–you know, that moment during the season when it’s been hot for awhile, sure, but not yet long enough for you to be sick of it. You’ve come up with summer songs and playlists that are still playing in your head. You’ve gone to the beach (but probably not enough). And if you’re lucky like me, you may have even talked your girlfriend into getting a bicycle. It’s a blissful time, no matter your age, and the best way to celebrate is with a big, gloppy scoop of ice cream, like the mango flavored frozen dessert that I found earlier this week (on a bike ride!) at Pagoto Organic on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.

For five bucks, it’s a little pricey (you can get a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked for about four bucks at the bodega on the corner), but Pagoto’s servers don’t hold back. Not only did my “one scoop” actually consist of four smushed down into a sugar cone, the creamy goodness is extremely filling as well. The mango flavor somehow acted as a thirst quencher, too; it was juicy! To top it all off, I even managed to snag a chair at one of the tables in front of the store. I almost didn’t finish it, but then I remembered what life is like in late January and had no trouble scarfing the rest of it down.


Trying To Beat the Heat? Check Out Korean Naeng Myun

The soup resembles a miniature floating garden.

At Fork in the Road during the last heat spell, we were ransacking our brains to figure out what’s the best kind of food for hot weather — and here we mean sweatingly, swelteringly hot, as it’s going to be today. Our most recent stumble-on is a Korean cold summer soup loaded with buckwheat noodles transliterated naeng myun or naeng myon, found at the New World Mall in Flushing.

Stall #25 serves up an amazing and filling version of the soup. The broth is something like sweet tea, the noodles made of buckwheat and so slippery that you’ll have some difficulty (or fun) eating them.

And floating around in the mix are seemingly random islands of solidity: half a boiled egg, a slice of tomato, a wad of kimchee, slivers of cuke, a compressed cut of beef luxuriantly veined with fat and tendon, a slice of Asian pear, a marble of hot pepper paste, and sprinkle of sesame seeds.

The soup is delicious. The soup is cooling. The soup is light and will not leave your lips greasy.

The cooling and slippery noodles

Stall #25
New World Mall Food Court
4021 Main Street
Flushing, Queens