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The Mein Man: Bet on the House at Gourmet Noodle Bowl

Dish: House Noodle Soup Place: Gourmet Noodle Bowl, International District, Seattle Price: $8.95 In the bowl: Hand-made, shaved wheat noodles in chicken broth with pork belly, chives, seaweed, green onions, and a fried egg. Supporting cast: It’s all in the bowl. What to do: Eat…
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The Mein Man: Down for the Ten-Count at Uptown China

Dish: Ten ingredient sautéed rice thread noodles Place: Uptown China, Queen Anne, Seattle. Price: $9.25. On the plate: A heaping pile of stir-fried rice stick noodles with, as promised, 10 other visible ingredients. Supporting Cast: Nothing else. Unless you ask for something more. Which is…
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The Mein Man: An “FU” to E-Fu Noodles at 663 Bistro

Dish: Braised crabmeat and dry scallop yee mein Place: 663 Bistro, International District, Seattle Price: $9.95 On the plate: A mound of soft-looking noodles with slices of shiitake mushrooms, small pieces of crab, and even smaller pieces of dried scallops. Supporting Cast: Nothing more than…
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The Mein Man: Thin Noodle Soup: Yess!

Dish: Thin Noodle Soup with Pork Intestines and Oysters Place: 101Yess Price: $6.95 In the Bowl: True-to-the-word thin noodles floating in what looks like brown gravy. Some fried onions and garlic below the surface, my requested pork intestines and oysters piled in the center and…
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My Challenge to Din Tai Fung

Leave me breathless instead of brothless Nearly seven months ago, on April 24, I broke the news that Din Tai Fung was coming to the Seattle area. My prediction came true: “Knowing the food scene here, knowledge of Din Tai Fung’s arrival will be cause…
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Sexy Feast: Banging Bing at Henry’s Taiwan

You’re together at last, just you and the Beef Bing you’ve ordered at Henry’s Taiwan (either the Bellevue or Seattle location). You’ve played the field, but perhaps you’ve never been with a Bing. It’s time to get acquainted. Laying (and, indeed, lying) before you, a…
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Dumpling alert: Din Tai Fung to the Seattle area

Note (11/22/10): Din Tai Fung has opened. Please read my challenging update. A friend with Eastside restaurant knowledge told me first, and then a representative from the restaurant just confirmed it: Din Tai Fung (famous for its xiao long bao, pictured to the right, courtesy…
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Me wanty Boiling Point’s wanty stinky tofu

Since today is International Hot and Spicy Food Day, my thoughts turn to the Eastside, home of some of the spiciest food in the area. So, what better place to try than Bellevue’s Boiling Point? The clientele is almost exclusively Chinese, and the menu is…
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An array of Asian eateries

Still catching up on all my pre-December restaurant reports. Consider these quick bites of the Asian variety: Buddha Ruksa serves up some beautiful plates, placing it in the upper echelon of Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Not as high as Noodle Boat in Issaquah,…
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Enticed by Spiced and the red oil

Spiced, the new restaurant across (somewhat) from Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, is further evidence that most of the good Chinese food is across the water from Seattle – and not in Seattle itself. But how good is Spiced? Worth the recent wait for it to…
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