Portland is not exactly the ethnic diverse city like New York City or LA, but surprisingly an awesome korean restaurant exist. Bewon is not just awesome it is also vegan friendly. That's not rare for Korean cuisine, there's a famous vegan Korean restaurant in Manhattan (Haigaw). The great thing about Korean restaurants is the free appetizers. They are sort of like little tapa dishes that comes before your meal. Its a great way to keep the socialization going in between meals. I would ask the waiter if the kimchi is vegan, sometimes it is but sometimes it might have soaked in shrimp sauce. But the pickled relish, sweet potato, boiled spinach and bean sprout are all vegan. I know that during dinner hour the dishes are a bit more different. Also, get their hot tea for the cold weather. There are only few vegan dishes in the menu. Definitely get the Bibimbap, which is a vegetarian rice bowl with mushroom, boiled and pickled greens, relish, bean sprout, soysauce, and chili spices. The waiter will ask you if you want to add an egg, if you aren't vegan, GET THE EGG! It won't cost you extra $. I love and adore their Chigei, which also means stew or hot pot. The tofu bean paste chigei is to die for. It is filled with mushroom, vegetables, tofu, and that great simmer smell of bean paste and korean chili spices.
Also, did I mention Bewon is a nice restaurant, a great place to take your parents or a romantic date.
Tofu Chigei (Soybean Tofu Stew)
vegan friendly, korean, daily 5pm - 9pm (no lunch during summer)
1203 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR.