Noodle Boat: The best Thai food in the area

noodle_boat_mieng_kumIn a town of 10,000 Thai restaurants (or so it seems), it might seem a bit strange that the best is actually a distance out of town: Noodle Boat in Issaquah. I assert this for three reasons: (1) There are many unique dishes, (2) Prices are great, with very few items exceeding $10, and (3) Noodle Boat doesn’t dumb down the spice levels.

Each time I visit, I start my meal with Mieng Kum: roasted coconut, peanuts, red onion, Thai chili, ginger, lime, palm sugar sauce, and dried shrimp that go into a cha-pu leaf. Wrap it, eat it, and experience a sensation of flavors in your mouth.

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Noodle Boat will make some dishes by special request if you ask ahead. Pictured here is grilled baby octopus.

noodle_boat_bbq_chickenAnother favorite is the BBQ chicken. The sauce is a bit on the sweet side, but the dish is great to pair with more spicy offerings.

noodle_boat_phad_thaiNoodle Boat serves their phad Thai inside an egg. This may be a conservative choice of dishes, but they do a good job with it. There’s so much more on the menu to explore. Next, I’m looking forward to a dish called “Queen of Banana.”

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