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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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Sexy Feast: Tokyo Dog Helps Wieners Meet Buns

A stroll through last weekend’s Dragon Fest in the Chinatown-International District gave me a first opportunity to try the Tokyo Dog food truck. Recall that last year, Gourmet Dog Japon’s takoyaki-like Kabuki dog taught us a lesson about dressed wieners. At Tokyo Dog, the common…
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Skillet Celebrates a Counter, a Cookbook, and a Can-Do Attitude

Last week, Skillet Nation extended its reach with its opening of Skillet Counter in the Seattle Center Armory. In doing so, one of Seattle’s saddest food courts has become a good dining destination. And with Chihuly Garden and Glass just across the way (where Collections…
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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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Sexy Feast: Columbia City Ale House’s Tuna Melt Lights Up Your Sex Life

Recently, I stopped in for a sandwich at the Columbia City Ale House. The menu is full of superlatives, including the best Chicken Sandwich, Caesar Salad, and Reuben Sandwich in Seattle, as well as the best Gumbo “anywhere.” How can a restaurant live up to…
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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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My Cha-kaiseki Experience: A Klutz at Kaiseki

Cha-kaiseki made me realize that I’m not Japanese. Of course, I already knew that, but many of my friends have joked that I must be Japanese, as there’s so much I appreciate about the cuisine and the culture. Or so I thought, until I encountered…
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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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Serious Eats’ Sugar Rush: Pork-Filled Waffle at LloydMartin, Seattle

The antique plateware may have a bit of a feminine touch, but chef Sam Crannell’s cooking at LloydMartin is meaty and masculine. Yet it will appeal to all who come to this romantic little cocktail bar-like hideaway, named after Crannell’s two grandfathers, in Seattle’s Queen…
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Sexy Feast: Zippy’s Giant Sex Lesson Kicks Butt

Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center is Seattle’s hamburger mecca for many. Buns are good, as are the patties—made with chuck that’s ground daily and cooked to the point of an agreeably salty crust. I bypass the shakes for a pick from a cooler full…
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