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The Mein Man: Lucky 8’s China House Is Sweet, Spicy, and Bold

Dish: Sweet and Spicy Beef Noodles Place: Lucky 8’s China House, Capitol Hill Price: $9.95 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…
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Sexy Feast: Chen’s Village Serves Up a Scary Hookup

It’s rare that I eat dinner alone in Seattle. But two weeks ago, my partner had gone to Tokyo ahead of me, and I had eaten everything perishable out of the refrigerator, leaving only condiments and beverages. It was my last night in town, I…
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Why Seattle’s Chinese and Japanese Restaurants Give Me the Blues

I remember the first time I saw a blueberry bagel. “That’s a Christian bagel,” my dad bemoaned, adding, “Or a stale doughnut.” We both believed a bagel should be simple—either plain, seeded, or maybe onion. Me…I’m a sesame man. And I’m a New York Jew,…
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The Mein Man: LA Café Confounds with Its Noodles and More

Dish: “Salted fish w/chicken in vermicelli & rice sticker” Place: LA Café, International District Price: $8.99 On the plate: Two types of noodles, which require a close inspection to see. Onions, green onions, carrots, bean sprouts. Shrimp, which are presumably not the intended salted fish,…
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The Mein Man: Bamboo Garden Keeps It Kosher in Queen Anne

Dish: Gourmet Chow Mein (Lo Mein) Place: Bamboo Garden, Queen Anne Price: $8.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “pan-fried thin noodles with mixed vegetables, sausage, and chicken.” That description will warrant further explanation. Supporting cast/What to do: Dig in. There’s no option for spice…
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Sexy Feast: Dim Sum King Says You’re Sponge-worthy

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Seattle dim sum scene. Quality here pales in comparison to what you’ll find north of the border in Richmond. Going out for dim sum here seems like throwing away good money. So when I saw…
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The Mein Man: Bako Slings Some Singapore Rice Noodles

Dish: Singapore Noodles Place: Bako, Capitol Hill Price: $13.00 On the plate: Per the menu: “Wild prawns, honey roasted (char siu) pork, bean sprouts, curry, rice noodles.” Note that the dish also includes red bell peppers, carrots, and egg, with corner garnishes of carrot and…
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The Mein Man: Regent Bakery and Cafe’s Chow Fun is Fun Chow

Dish: Black Bean Sauce Beef Chow Fun Place: Regent Bakery and Cafe, Capitol Hill Price: $8.95 On the plate: The menu doesn’t offer any further description of the dish, but you’re getting rice noodles with beef, red and green bell peppers, onions, and fermented black…
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The Mein Man: King Noodle Will Make You Feel Like Royalty

Dish: “Noodles Combo” Place: King Noodle, International District Price: $6.99 In the bowl: Your choice of soup base, noodles, and toppings (including vegetables) Supporting cast/What to do: Your server will give you a form (in Chinese and English) and a pen. If you’re having a…
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The Mein Man: Spicy Talk Bistro Will Have You Chatting Up Hot Hand-Shaved Noodles

Dish: Chow Mein (with Hand-Shaved Noodles) Place: Spicy Talk Bistro, Redmond Price: $8.25 On the plate: Hand-shaved noodles with your choice of pork, chicken, beef, vegetables, tofu, or prawns. Pictured is pork. It’s just noodles and meat, along with some cabbage and green onions, plus…
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