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The Mein Man: Szechuan Chef Brings the Heat in Cold Noodles

Dish: Szechuan Cold Noodle Place: Szechuan Chef, Bellevue Price: $5.99 In the bowl: The menu says nothing beyond the dish name. So I asked my server, and she explained that the sauce is made with garlic, green onions, vinegar, chili oil, and soy sauce. Supporting…
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Serious Eats: The Best Ramen in Seattle: 6 Bowls to Try

This week, Serious Eats posted my round-up of best ramen bowls in Seattle. An excerpt: Showa is a fun little izakaya with a funky little kitchen that serves up some surprisingly excellent ramen. The secret has something to do with blended pork fat that yields…
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The Mein Man: Ka Won Wins with Bulgogi and Noodles

Dish: Ttukbaegi Bulgogi Place: Ka Won Korean Restaurant, Lynnwood Price: $7.99 lunch, $8.99 dinner In the bowl: Per the menu: “Marinated beef tenderloin, sliced rice cake, vegetables, and clear noodles are cooked in beef rib broth. It is served in earthenware pot.” Supporting cast/What to…
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The Mein Man: Pandasia Serves the Mein Man Some Pandameinia

Dish: Pandameinia Place: Pandasia, Interbay Price: $9.50 On the plate: Per the menu: “The ultimate chow mein: assorted vegetables, shrimp, chicken, beef and two flavors of homemade noodles.” Supporting cast/What to do: Just dig in and explore the noodle dish. There’s truly a bit of…
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The Mein Man: Little Uncle Gives You a Street High with Khao Soi Gai

Dish: Khao Soi Gai Place: Little Uncle, Capitol Hill Price: $8.80 On the plate: Per the menu: “Chiang Mai curry egg noodles, stewed chicken, pickled mustard, fried shallots.” “Mustard” is mustard greens. There’s also red onion, bean sprouts, ginger strips, cilantro, a lime wedge, and…
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The Mein Man: Sichuanese Cuisine, Glass Noodles, and Ants Marching

Dish: Ants on the Tree Place: Sichuanese Cuisine, International District Price: $6.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “Stir-fried vermicelli noodles with ground pork, green onions.” Supporting cast/What to do: Last time I ate these noodles at Sichuanese Cuisine, I asked for them to be…
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The Mein Man: Sam Oh Jung Sets Up Summertime Noodles

Dish: Mul Nengmyun Place: Sam Oh Jung, Lynnwood Price: $9.99 In the bowl: Per the menu: “Cold noodle in beef broth soup with sliced beef and pickled vegetables.” Those vegetables are cucumbers and daikon. There’s also Asian pear, half of a boiled egg, and–check this…
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The Mein Man: Revel Serves Abura Noodles That Are Muy Bonito

Dish: Abura Noodle Place: Revel, Fremont Price: $13.00 In the bowl: Per the brunch menu: “Abura noodle, nettle pistou, shrimp, bok choy, bonito.” There are also ginger strips and cilantro leaves. Supporting cast/What to do: Use your chopsticks to grab some noodles and other goodies,…
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The Mein Man: Huong Binh Bundles Thin Noodles in Banh Hoi

Dish: Banh Hoi Thit Nuong Place: Huong Binh, International District Price: $7.50 On the tray: A plate with “intricate” bundles of thin rice noodles garnished with ground shrimp and scallions, along with a choice of meat–in this case, skewers of the “famous” grilled pork. On…
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The Mein Man: Chan Is a Cute Little Place with Little, Little Dishes

Dish: Buckwheat Noodle Salad Place: Chan, Downtown Price: $9.00 In the bowl: From the menu: “buck wheat noodle salad with mixed vegetables, hardboiled egg and spicy vinaigrette.” Those vegetables include shredded cabbage, red onion, cucumber, bean sprouts, kaiware (daikon sprouts), and maybe some microgreens. Supporting…
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