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Where to Eat Chinese Food for Thanksgiving in Seattle (Are You Ready for Some Football?)

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.
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Exploring Asian Sweets in the ID: How to learn to love—or at least try—Asian desserts

As a non-Asian who’s slowly come to appreciate many, but not yet all, Asian sweets, I’ve often wondered what makes them less appealing to Westerners. What better way to figure it out than to sample a good swath of sweets from Seattle’s International District?
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Seattle’s Asian Food Scene This Year

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…
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First Look: TanakaSan Tackles Contemporary American Asian Food in Seattle

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…
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The Mein Man: Bitter Noodles at Happy Times Bistro

Dish: Bitter Melon Beef Chow Fun Place: Happy Times Bistro, International District Price: $7.50 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…
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10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle

I probably wouldn't have connected the words "tofu" and "terrific" twenty or thirty years ago. Now I have favorites to recommend.
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10 Steamed and Boiled Dumpling Destinations in Seattle

While I consider all dumplings comfort food, there's something especially soothing about a steamed or boiled dumpling. Maybe it's the softer texture, or maybe it's the lighter feeling that makes me feel like I can eat a ton of them.
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Sexy Feast: Din Tai Fung, Xiao Long Bao, Sucking and Blowing

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…
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8 Best Sichuanese Restaurants in Seattle

I count eight Sichuanese-specific restaurants in the Seattle area. After extensive research, i.e. mouth-burning sessions, here's information about all of them, starting with my ranking of the top three.
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8 Great Pan-Fried Dumplings You Should Eat in Seattle

Who doesn't love dumplings? They come in all types of international styles, and seem so tempting on the plate, like sculpted purses holding hidden treasures. Here are some of Seattle's best.
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