I probably wouldn't have connected the words "tofu" and "terrific" twenty or thirty years ago. Now I have favorites to recommend.
What happens when a food writer joins friends for dinner with no intention of a write-up or review? Well, apparently, it still turns into a photo shoot and report.
How can I resist sharing images from a tantalizing Thai meal at Noodle Boat in Issaquah?…
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…
Dish: Khao Soi Gai
Place: Little Uncle, Capitol Hill
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…
Dish: Drunken Mushrooms
Place: Araya’s Vegetarian Place, University District
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…
Dish: Boat Noodle Soup
Place: OK Noodles, University District
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…
Dish: Pad Thai
Place: Thai Palms, Rainier Valley
On the plate: Per the menu: “Thai noodles mixed with ground peanuts, onion and bean sprouts.” There’s also lots of shredded carrot and purple cabbage, and my meat choice of pork.
Supporting cast/What to do:…
Dish: Ayutthaya Noodles
Place: Ayutthaya Thai Cuisine, Capitol Hill
On the plate: From the menu: “Seasoned stir-fried wide noodles with chicken, egg & garlic. Served over green lettuce. Garnish with ground peanuts & green onions.” Julienned carrots add color and crunch.
Dish: Drunken Beef Noodles
Place: Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Tacoma (on Pacific Ave.)
On the plate: From the menu: “Tender marinated beef, rice noodles, bamboo shoots, onions, and bell peppers are sautéed with Thai basil and dressed in sweet soy sauce and rice…
Dish: Guay tiow nua nom tok
Place: Spice Room, Columbia City
In the bowl: Per the menu: “rice noodles & rare beef in spicy rich broth,” but that’s not the end of the story.
Supporting cast: A tray with chili flakes, chili oil,…