Dish: Bitter Melon Beef Chow Fun
Place: Happy Times Bistro, International District
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…
Dish: Khao Boon Bha
Place: Savatdee, University District
In the bowl and on the plate: From the menu: “Traditional Lao fish soup. Slow cooked catfish in coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass and kaffir leaves. Served with noodles and topped with shredded carrots, cabbage…
It’s been fun watching the evolution of Mutsuko Soma since the closing of Chez Shea left the chef shopping for new options. She had a (buckwheat) seed of an idea to start serving handmade soba, and saw success in a variety of pop-ups, including the…
Dish: Guay Tiow Tom Yum
Place: Pestle Rock, Ballard
In the bowl: From the specials board: “Thin rice noodles with Carlton Farms ground pork, green bean, bean sprout, onion & cilantro, topped w/ground peanuts and rendered pork belly garlic (sic).”
Supporting cast/What to…
I love the interactivity of Vietnamese soups, as most come with a side plate of herbs, vegetables, and lime wedges. It's a must to taste the broth as presented, and then figure out how to spice it up, both with herbs and perhaps jalapeños for heat.
Queen’s Deli is a perplexing place.
First there’s the question of whether it’s in Seattle. The address shows Seattle, but it’s actually in White Center.
This Cambodian deli is like the Vietnamese delis in Seattle’s Little Saigon, with some items in steamer trays and some…
Several months ago, I reported about former Chez Shea chef Mutsuko Soma and her desire to bring a soba restaurant to Seattle. She did a pop-up at Sushi Kappo Tamura, serving zaru-soba as part of a multi-course lunch to showcase her handmade buckwheat noodles.
Dish: Bakmi Goreng Jawa
Place: Indo Café, Northgate
On the plate: From the menu: “Javanese style sweet stir-fry egg noodles with choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp (+2.00).” In addition to meat (I chose shrimp), the noodles come with carrot, cabbage,…
One can argue that pho and teriyaki are Seattle’s favorite fast foods. These restaurants are everywhere. As I point out in a current New York Magazine article about Seattle, teriyaki can range from the standby, like Toshi’s Grill in Renton (by the man who started…
Dish: Golden Noodles
Place: Thaiger Room, University District
Price: $7.28 ($2.00 more for prawns and $3.00 more for mixed seafood)
On the plate: Per the menu: “Rice noodles stir-fried with your choice of meat and mixed vegetable. Topped with delicious peanut sauce.” I went with…
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