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The Mein Man: Sub Sand Has Good Duck and Bad Utens

Dish: Bamboo Shoot Duck Noodle Soup Place: Sub Sand, International District Price: $7.99 In the bowl: Rice vermicelli noodles, bamboo shoots, fried shallots and peanuts, and Thai basil. Supporting cast/What to do: Along with your soup, you get a plate of cold duck pieces (on…
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The Mein Man: Lucky 8’s China House Is Sweet, Spicy, and Bold

Dish: Sweet and Spicy Beef Noodles Place: Lucky 8’s China House, Capitol Hill Price: $9.95 On the plate: From the menu: “Thin egg noodles with beef, garlic, and sweet chili sauce.” You’ll also notice bamboo shoots, onions, carrots, water chestnuts, celery, and green onions on…
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The Mein Man: The Everest Kitchen Serves Thukpa from the Top of the World

Dish: Thukpa Place: The Everest Kitchen, Lake Forest Park Price: $7.95 In the bowl: From the menu: “Noodle soup with chicken or vegetables, peas and herbs.” Clarification coming, below. Supporting cast/What to do: You can choose between chicken or vegetables. The latter will be one…
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Bo Ramen Brings New Noodle Options to Seattle

On the heels of my return from Tokyo, where I restrained myself in only eating four bowls of ramen in eight days, I’m excited to see Seattle’s ramen scene on the rise. We’re not likely to see certain items like niboshi (dried sardine) broth in…
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The Mein Man: LA Café Confounds with Its Noodles and More

Dish: “Salted fish w/chicken in vermicelli & rice sticker” Place: LA Café, International District Price: $8.99 On the plate: Two types of noodles, which require a close inspection to see. Onions, green onions, carrots, bean sprouts. Shrimp, which are presumably not the intended salted fish,…
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The Mein Man: Bamboo Garden’s Dan Dan Noodles Are Hot Hot

Dish: Cheng Du Dan Dan Noodle Place: Bamboo Garden, Bellevue Price: $6.95 In the bowl: You’ll see slightly yellowish egg noodles topped with little bits of ground pork and thin slices of green onion. The chili sauce is at the bottom of the bowl. Supporting…
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The Mein Man: Bamboo Garden Keeps It Kosher in Queen Anne

Dish: Gourmet Chow Mein (Lo Mein) Place: Bamboo Garden, Queen Anne Price: $8.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “pan-fried thin noodles with mixed vegetables, sausage, and chicken.” That description will warrant further explanation. Supporting cast/What to do: Dig in. There’s no option for spice…
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Mutsuko Soma Serves Up Soba as Part of a Pop-Up

With food trucks a-travelin’ and pop-up restaurants a-poppin’, a lot of people are talking about different dining options these days. As for me, I like the idea of kitchens cooking just about any time and any place. Preferably preparing anything interesting. Just over a month…
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The Mein Man: Araya’s Vegetarian Place Gets Me Drunk on Mushrooms, But Not on Spice

Dish: Drunken Mushrooms Place: Araya’s Vegetarian Place, University District Price: $13.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “Classic Thai spicy wide rice noodles stir-fried in garlic & chili with veggies beef, Portabello and other mushrooms.” The other mushrooms are shiitake and white button mushrooms, and…
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The Mein Man: OK Noodles Misses the Boat

Dish: Boat Noodle Soup Place: OK Noodles, University District Price: $6.78 In the bowl: Per the menu: “Small rice noodles, bean sprouts, spinach.” “Small” is written in because “Wide” is crossed out. Beef is the logical choice with boat noodle soup, so I went with…
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