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Are these the Asian Restaurants to try?

natalie.warner Jan 31, 2008 08:53 AM

A friend and I like doing adventurous eating together and came up with a list to work our way through. We are looking at exploring Asian cooking right now. Are we missing any place that is a must try? What dishes are the best at these restaurants? Your opinions and expereinces would give us great information and background. Thanks!

Green Leaf (in the ID on 8th)
Tarmarind Tree (in the ID on Jackson)
Fu Man Dumpling House (on Greenwood in the boonies- open Tues- Fri)
Shi'an- regional Chinese (on Lake City)
Pho Cycle- Vietanmese (on Broadway)
Malay Satay Hut (in the ID on 12th- open Mon- Fri)
Jack's Tapas Mainly Chinese (on the Ave)
Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan (in the ID on Jackson)
Szechuan 99 (in Edmonds bonnies on 99)

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    tedfood Feb 8, 2008 10:53 AM

    There is no such restaurant as Pho Cycle it is Pho Cyclo. Cyclo is a pedicab prevavlent in Asia as an inexpensive means of transport-think tricycle propelled by leg power. Pho Cyclo's website has one depicted.

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      pusherman Feb 2, 2008 11:13 AM

      You absolutely need to add Sichuan Cuisine in the ID (Jackson/12th). I found it a lot better than 7 Stars, but I've only been to 7 Stars once so maybe need to try again. Anyway, Sichuan is a dump to put it kindly, but their food is amazingly good and cheap. Sometimes its hard to get a table, we usually brave the scary parking lot and do take-out.

      I'd recommend the pork with eggplant, maybe my fave dish in Seattle.

      I also don't see any Japanese on your list -- a lot of people on this board including me really like Samurai Noodle in the ID (same building as Uwajimaya but a separate entrance).

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        oliveoyl Feb 2, 2008 02:59 PM

        I also second Sichuan Cuisin .... I love the boiled fish wh/ sound horrible but is addictively spicy & might cure colds!

        just don't go there this weekend .. I tried to eat lunch there this afternoon and it's tet so the ID is nutso ...

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          PAO Feb 2, 2008 03:06 PM

          For Japanese, try Tsukushinbo in the *D on Main. Excellent noodles and tempura and reasonanbly priced, good quality sushi.

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          AlbertaHound Feb 2, 2008 10:55 AM

          Szechuan Chef in Bellevue should probably be on the list.

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            oliveoyl Feb 2, 2008 09:55 AM

            I'd add the Lao-Thai place on MLK just as it bumps into Rainier Ave, I apologize that the name escapes me (chow hounders, help out, it's been discussed here before)
            ...it's in a strip mall and may now be it's only occupant .. cash only & open only until 8pm .. it is so good

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              oliveoyl Feb 2, 2008 09:57 AM

              yeah it came to me Viengthong ... though I have most likely spelled it incorrectly

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                Finspot Feb 9, 2008 08:04 AM

                We're right around the corner from the 'thong and have done take-out there for maybe seven years. Two friends of mine who did volunteer work with the Lao community (and don't know each other) each called it the best Lao in Seattle. But that was years ago and in our opinion it's slipped recently. Still, check it out. It's right next to Jasmine Provincial Vietnamese, a newish place which has been getting good reviews and lots of attention. Hopefully the competition can get the 'thong back on track.

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              PAO Feb 2, 2008 08:23 AM

              Green mango or green papaya salad at Green Leaf; ditto the banh xeo there and also the vermicelli with grilled pork. In addition to the roti canai at Malay Satay Hut, the char kway teow (it's a fried noodle dish) either regular or vegetarian, green beans belachan, or anything in a mango shell. Add Julia's Indonesian Kitchen off Roosevelt.

              1. natalie.warner Jan 31, 2008 10:10 AM

                I have added already-
                Booby's in Everett- Hawaiian
                KaWon on 99- Korean
                Thanks for the posts so far!

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                  mrnelso Jan 31, 2008 10:03 AM

                  Green Leaf (in the ID on 8th)
                  Bahn Xeo, lotus root salad,

                  Tarmarind Tree (in the ID on Jackson)
                  Coconut juice in the husk
                  Pickled Bon Bon salad
                  Bo Bai Mon (7 courses of beef) is a hysterical circus of plates and bowls and fire and fields of greens - very fun and memorable
                  Tamarind Tree wins the stylin' derby hands-down - beauriful colors, nice cement work and waterfall.

                  Pho Cycle- Vietanmese (on Broadway)
                  good pho you

                  Malay Satay Hut (in the ID on 12th- open Mon- Fri)
                  Roti Chanai and, of course, Satay (I prefer chicken, though beef is also on the menu). Then go for an adventure. The menu is long and full of unfamiliar goodies. Unless publicity has changed the place, the clientele will be Asian, but the staff will help you.
                  Ginger beef, baby squids (ask), garlic eggplant
                  >stuffed mango,
                  balachan (shrimp paste) green beans

                  Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan (in the ID on Jackson)
                  Crab in Black bean is messy and fun

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                    jenn Jan 31, 2008 09:58 AM

                    Well, you've got two of our family favorites on your list ---Shi'an and Szechuan 99.

                    When you go to Shi'an be sure to try the stuff listed under "snacks." Thats where they hide the Shaanxi food including an amazing lamb soup [comes in large and small] and basically grilled lamb sandwiches. If you are adverse to carrying home food, you should be aware that the lamb sandwich is easily a small meal. And when we order a soup, we get the large for a family of four and still have leftovers. Then again, we also order:
                    the spicy green beans [we never go without ordering], the bok choy with mushrooms, the dandan mien, the boiled noodles [pork--shrimp was just okay], the twice cooked pork [prepared a bit differently here--they don't use the belly cut but more of a leaner cut. Tastes different but in a good way.] Fried dumplings are also good--style is not so much potsticker but like a place we used to go to for breakfast. Shi'an takes credit cards.

                    At Szechuan 99, we found the tofu with fish to be very tasty. Also the twice cooked pork and the spinach with garlic. The 3 snack plate with tofu, hot slice beef and shredded potato was a nice starter. The Xin Jian cumin Lamb was very tender and good. And you should definitely try the hand shaved noodles. 99 Szchuan takes plastic.

                    The other place you might want to check out is Mikes in the ID off Jackson on the street just south of where the Museum used to be. The menu is limited --they mostly serve wonton soup and congee with some side dishes and some noodles. We haven't had anything bad there. The pumpkin congee is just awesome and perfect on cold night. The noodles with green onion and garlic are great as are all the forms of noodles soup. It seems to be a very popular place and I am told that sometimes they <SHUDDER!> run out of stuff. Oh and its cash only.

                    As a newbie to Seattle, I look forward to your reports back on all these places [hint hint]. Thanks for the great list!

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                      MaggieSue Jan 31, 2008 09:29 AM

                      I would add Szechuan Bistro on 85th at Greenwood (awesome hand-shaven noodles), and Chiang's Gourmet on Lake City (near Glo's).

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                        christy319 Feb 1, 2008 08:03 AM

                        I wouldn't. You've got better on your list already.

                        I think that list looks great (though I've never been to Jack's or Shi'an).

                      2. SauceSupreme Jan 31, 2008 09:25 AM

                        I don't have any specific recommendations, but just at a glance you should throw Korean into the mix.

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