Jul 12, 2023 - Food and Drink

Portland photographer Christine Dong shares her last meal

Photo illustration of a place setting shaped like a skull and crossbones containing a photo of Christine Dong.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Christine Dong

Christine Dong is a native Oregonian and photographer who is probably behind some of the most drool-worthy images from your favorite restaurant.

When she's not out snapping pictures, she's splitting her time between Portland and Corvallis, helping her mom run a restaurant, Mum Mum.

What's happening: Right now, she says she's trying to "sharpen my billiards game" while finishing up a few projects: a collaboration with Travel Portland to create a Japanese guidebook to the city and an ESPN series featuring a Portland Thorns player set to run before the FIFA Women's World Cup.

We wanted to know: What would she eat if she had one last meal in Portland?

Appetizer: Her last meal would start off at Paadee, the buzzy Thai restaurant in Kerns.

  • "I would for sure get the tamarind fish sauce chicken wings and any mezcal-based cocktail by Adriana behind the bar," she said.

Main course: For her entree, Dong would head southeast to Hà VL, the Vietnamese noodle soup shop "to cozy up with a bowl of mì Quảng" — turmeric noodles with shrimp cake, pork ribs and sliced meatloaf in broth, topped with chopped peanuts and sesame rice cracker.

  • She would "hopefully catch an episode of 'The Price Is Right' in the dining room" and order a Vietnamese iced coffee, too.

Dessert: To end her night, Dong would snag a Japanese Basque cheesecake from Kayo's Ramen Bar, as well as "a bottle of soju with an order of rice cakes, panko-breaded corn dogs and soy garlic wings" from 1st Street Pocha in Beaverton.


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