Let’s talk turkey. If you don’t care about the bird, or don’t want the bother, do as I do each year: celebrate Thanksgiving at a Chinese restaurant. Here are a few recommendations in or close to Seattle’s International District.
In my restaurant research for a recent trip to Richmond, British Columbia, I stumbled upon one of those menu items that shows the challenge in translating from Chinese to English: Diversity of Flavor Tastes.
I won’t hammer you, yet, with accolades about the amazing dim…
TanakaSan. The name pays tribute to owner Tom Douglas’ faithful sidekick through innumerable restaurant openings and culinary projects: executive chef Eric Tanaka. The menu pays tribute to Tanaka’s background as a Japanese-American who grew up in Los Angeles eating a diversity of food. Tanaka says…
Dish: Bitter Melon Beef Chow Fun
Place: Happy Times Bistro, International District
On the plate:Pan-fried noodles with slices of beef, bitter melon, green onions, mushrooms, carrots, and black bean sauce.
Supporting cast/What to do: Your main decision with this mein dish is what…
Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my roundup of “10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle.” An excerpt:
I probably wouldn’t have connected the words “tofu” and “terrific” twenty or thirty years ago. Before I’d been exposed to the wide array of Asian cuisine, tofu was merely a…
It’s been nearly two years since Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung opened its second restaurant in the United States, in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square Mall. Locals went crazy, celebrating the arrival of the trademark xiao long bao (soup dumplings). People lined up for hours just to get…
Dish: Szechuan Cold Noodle
Place: Szechuan Chef, Bellevue
In the bowl: The menu says nothing beyond the dish name. So I asked my server, and she explained that the sauce is made with garlic, green onions, vinegar, chili oil, and soy sauce.
Place: Pandasia, Interbay
On the plate: Per the menu: “The ultimate chow mein: assorted vegetables, shrimp, chicken, beef and two flavors of homemade noodles.”
Supporting cast/What to do: Just dig in and explore the noodle dish. There’s truly a bit of…
Dish: Ants on the Tree
Place: Sichuanese Cuisine, International District
On the plate: Per the menu: “Stir-fried vermicelli noodles with ground pork, green onions.”
Supporting cast/What to do: Last time I ate these noodles at Sichuanese Cuisine, I asked for them to be…
Dish: Sweet and Spicy Beef Noodles
Place: Lucky 8′s China House, Capitol Hill
On the plate: From the menu: “Thin egg noodles with beef, garlic, and sweet chili sauce.” You’ll also notice bamboo shoots, onions, carrots, water chestnuts, celery, and green onions on…