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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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Congee is a brunch surprise at Dahlia Lounge

“Yeah, right.” That’s what I said when I heard that Dahlia Lounge was cooking up congee for brunch. Monkey bread? Makes sense. Eggs Benedict? Elegant. But congee? Can it be any good? In a word: Yes. I often complain about the quality of Chinese food…
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Post PDX: Taking comfort in Canton Noodle House

This Seattlest writer knows this site is about appreciation of Seattle. We love it here, for sure. But part of what we love is its proximity to Vancouver, as we’ve discussed before. And to that we must add its proximity to Portland. Dishin’ disappeared for…
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Top Seattle Asian restaurants, and challenges

I posted this on Examiner earlier today, as I prepare to transition from their Asian Eats Examiner to their more general Restaurant Examiner. Thought it might be an interesting recap to share here… It’s been about five months since I wrote up my top five…
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Dishin’: Tripe, Intestines and Tendon at Hing Loon

We’ve been through this before. With the ever-present smile still stretched across her face, our favorite waitress at Hing Loon asked, “Are you sure you can eat the organs?” Well, c’mon, that’s why we ordered the “Lo Mein with Assorted Beef Organs” in the first…
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Dishin’: Rats (well, the year of them)

The old cliché is that if you eat Chinese food, you’ll be hungry again one hour later. We’re not sure of that, but in reviewing restaurants, we surely want to know what’s enduring one hour, one day, even one week later. Delicious when dining, perhaps,…
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Welcome to Taiwan, the Beautiful (Food) Island

Blogging about food should be beautifully descriptive, but as my time in Taiwan has been full of frantic feasting, there’s been little opportunity to tell all about it. It’s now 5am my final morning here, and I’m sitting in room at the Grand Hyatt (feeling…
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