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Sexy Feast Pho Le’s is Pho-king Okay

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…
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Hangover Helper: Chao Long at Huong Binh, Seattle

Upon first spoonful, the congee is beautifully bland, with a texture of loose rice porridge that's both hydrating and comforting. You'll soon start to appreciate the sharpness of the ginger strips and fried shallots, and be ready to add extras to the bowl.
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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: 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: Pho So 1 Could Be #1

Dish: Pho Place: Pho So 1, Little Saigon Price: $6.99, large ($6.15, small) In the bowl: Pictured is #20: pho tai, nam, gau, gan, sach with rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon and tripe along with banh pho rice noodles, onions, green onions, and…
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The Mein Man: Hue Ky Mi Gia’s Perfectly Fowl Play

Dish: Mi Vit Tiem (braised duck noodle soup with Chinese herbs and spices) Place: Hue Ky Mi Gia, Little Saigon Price: $7.00 In the bowl: Free-range chicken broth with a leg-thigh section of braised duck, noodles, shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, green onions, Chinese red…
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The Mein Man: Vermicelli and Very Strange Service at Ba Bar

Dish: Combo Vermicelli Place: Ba Bar, Capitol Hill Price: $12.00 In the bowl: From the menu: “Imperial roll, grilled white prawn, grass-fed beef bo mo chai, cucumber, rau thom.” This and more (see below) over cold rice vermicelli noodles. Supporting cast: A side of nuoc…
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…and Three (+) Pigs in Seattle

Yesterday I posted pictures of pig-filled plates outside of Seattle, and promised you local options. Here they are. Most are Asian, with appreciation of the utilization of as much of the animal as possible. Pictured above is bopis, which is a spicy and vinegary saute…
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The Mein Man: Hoping for a Hock at Thanh Thao

Dish: Bun Moa (#141) Place: Thanh Thao in Columbia City, Seattle Price: $6.95 In the Bowl: The menu advertises it as “mashed pork-pie, ham, pig’s feet and vermicelli spicy soup.” Supporting Cast: A side dish of bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, a few strips of iceberg…
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Beyond Seattle: Bun Bo Hue at HA & VL

It’s been a couple of weeks since I promised to write about HA & VL in Portland. I just returned from a long loop of travel, criss-crossing the Columbia River many times in going back to Portland and then on to the Yakima Valley, Quincy,…
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