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From Skeptical to Surprised at Stateside

I had the kind of meal I most enjoy: full of familiar flavors, but also with opportunity to discover something new. And I even had one of my few “wow” moments so far this year in a restaurant.
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13 Essential Destinations for Asian Noodles in Seattle

Noodles have special meaning in so many Asian cultures, ranging from longevity to general health to luck to fortune. Here are some of the best in the Seattle area.
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A “Love Letter” to Bún Bò Hue, the “Other” Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Aside from a perfect partner, is it strange that the first thing I like to see in the morning is a bowl of soup noodles? And while many prefer pho, I have a different favorite.
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For Eater: Where to Eat Vietnamese Food in Seattle

For Eater Seattle, here are my recommendations of great Vietnamese restaurants in the city.
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Serious Eats: 10 Vietnamese Noodle Soups to Try in Seattle

I love the interactivity of Vietnamese soups, as most come with a side plate of herbs, vegetables, and lime wedges. It's a must to taste the broth as presented, and then figure out how to spice it up, both with herbs and perhaps jalapeños for heat.
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10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle

I probably wouldn't have connected the words "tofu" and "terrific" twenty or thirty years ago. Now I have favorites to recommend.
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Tai Chin Nam Gau Gan Sach (a.k.a. #14)

Pho. Take a look at the sign, and the Vietnamese characters look like they’re asking you questions: Want a piece of me? Can you pronounce me? Do you even know what I am? This beef noodle soup is the perfect remedy for fighting a cold,…
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