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Karaoke, Cosplay, and Excellent Hot Pot at Twilight 7 Near Seattle

A restaurant with waitresses in feather headbands and a booming karaoke business aimed at young people can’t possibly serve good Chinese food. Can it?

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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.
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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.
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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’: Szechuan Bean Flower Says “You Won’t Eat It”

Last week we raved about how much we love “the other parts of a pig,” and documented the many times we’ve been asked “Can you really eat that?”
This time around, we went to Szechuan Bean Flower and insisted on eating something from the Chinese…

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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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Szechuan Noodle Bowl’s Bowls of Noodles

Szechuan Noodle Bowl is one of those enduring little places that I love in the International District. When Green Leaf (one of my recent Top 5 Asian Restaurant picks) would be too crowded, I always knew I could go next door for some decent noodles.…

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Best of Seattle: Top 5 Asian Restaurants

What a great city for Asian food! From super sushi restaurants to fantastic pho joints, we’re never more than a stone’s throw away from great noodles, rice dishes and other treats from the east. Selecting the top five Asian restaurants is a big challenge, but…

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“Ant On The Tree” at Sichuanese Cuisine

“Ant On The Tree.” That’s what my dining companion, minutes into his first visit to Sichuanese Cuisine, said he wanted for lunch. He didn’t know what it was, but he liked the name.
Ahead of the upcoming Olympics, the Chinese government has been working to…

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