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The Mein Man: Hoping for a Hock at Thanh Thao

Dish: Bun Moa (#141) Place: Thanh Thao in Columbia City, Seattle Price: $6.95 In the Bowl: The menu advertises it as “mashed pork-pie, ham, pig’s feet and vermicelli spicy soup.” Supporting Cast: A side dish of bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, a few strips of iceberg…
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The Mein Man: Red-Hot Korean Noodles in a Silver-Cold Bowl

Dish: Bee Bim Naeng Myun Place: Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari in Shoreline Price: $8.95 In the Bowl: A fiery red mass of buckwheat noodles with daikon kimchi, cucumber, beef slices, Asian pear, and half of a boiled egg. Supporting Cast: Scissors, and a small bowl…
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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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The Mein Man: Ringing in the New Year with Toshikoshi Soba at Maneki

Dish: Soba ten-zaru (“tempura on the side”) Place: Maneki Price: $7.95 On the tray: A tangle of cold soba (made from buckwheat flour) topped with strips of dried nori (seaweed) sits on the zaru, which is a slotted bamboo tray. Supporting cast: A plate with…
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Beyond Seattle: Bun Bo Hue at HA & VL

It’s been a couple of weeks since I promised to write about HA & VL in Portland. I just returned from a long loop of travel, criss-crossing the Columbia River many times in going back to Portland and then on to the Yakima Valley, Quincy,…
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A sweet pairing of sushi at Shiro’s in Seattle

It’s my birthday, and I’ll eat sushi if I want to, eat if I want to, eat if I want to… I wanted to. It’s not often I treat myself to a fine meal of my own. When I do, that meal will most likely…
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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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Fantastic Pho at Vietnam Restaurant

I’ve been to quite a few pho places in Seattle, and I’ve finally found one that might be a consideration as my favorite. The simple-named Vietnam Restaurant is, in many ways, typical of other pho joints in town: cheap bowls of pho, cream puffs, bright…
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Pho Thy Thy is so-so

Saturday’s a super day to go to the University District for some shopping at the farmers market. And when that day happens to be dreary, I always find myself in the mood for some soup. Than Brothers is my default for comfort and convenience, but…
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