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Cold foods in Seattle?

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Since we seem to be in the middle of Heat Wave 2008, I am not really up for cooking or eating hot food. Growing up in Hawaii cold noodles and other dishes were common, but not so much here, it seems. Does anyone have suggestions about where to go for some good cold food (and no sandwiches, please!). I'm thinking of cold ginger chicken, somen salad, etc. Also, what restaurants have great salads? I used to love the cold smoked seafood salad at Rays, but I heard they retired it.

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  1. My sentiments exactly...Fu Lin has a cold ramen salad. I also requested cold ramen with char siu and hardboiled egg from them and they were happy to oblige (with some mustard and a soy-vinegar dressing). Nishino has a cold somen salad w/ tamago, shrimp etc. Boom Noodle has a cold ramen salad but it is much more basic/Americanized. Other cold salads i like are the salad Norwegienne at Maximilians (crab, avocado, smoked salmon etc) and the crab bibb lettuce green goddess salad at Waterfront grill.

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    1. re: barleywino

      Tsukushinbo has good cold soba--two different kinds--buckwheat and tea flavored, that you can get together with a light, nongreasy serving of tempura. Very good! My favorite salads nowadays are at my favorite pizza place, Fondi's--I'm particularly partial to their apple/walnut/fennel tossed salad. Two of us can polish off a large salad easily. They come in small, medium and large.

      1. re: PAO

        I should have also mentioned my favorite Asian salad--green mango (or green papaya if you prefer) salad with either grilled shrimp or grilled tofu at Green Leaf. Quite tasty! And cold tofu is a favorite Japanese idish n the summer--now that Takohachi is no more, I believe there is a good version at Shun.

        1. re: PAO

          speaking of Japanese summer food traditions, Eel day is coming up July 24 this year...what could be better than broiled eel over rice with beer?

          1. re: PAO

            I love green papaya salad - I've had the TT one and enjoyed it. I also like the one from my local Thai place May Ploy (in Ballard), especially because I enjoy it with sticky rice. Yum.

            1. re: PAO

              Just recently went to Green Leaf for their salads. They were as good as ever.
              Orangette just posted an easy, delicious sounding recipe for Green Mango Salad:


          2. re: barleywino

            PS Harvest Vine has a cold marinated prawn/duck jamon/miners lettuce/white bean puree salad which is quite nice. i am waiting for them to come out with their summer heirloom tomato salad. i tried the cold ramen at Samurai Noodle but it was neither chilled nor particularly special imo.

          3. Don't forget the Korean cold buckwheat noodles. KaWon does a very good job, and I hear that Old Village's new owners makes their own noodles and its good.

            1. Oh yum! Thanks for the ideas! Keep them coming...!

              1. Jack's on the ave has, among other wonderful things: cold meat plate, cold noodles (amazing for picnics), szechuan pickles, spicy pig ears...

                1. Tamarind Tree Pickled Bon Bon Salad

                  1. Sezchuan Noodle has a cold sesame noodle dish with chicken - it's really good.

                    1. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (unless they run out), Salumi is serving cold cannelini bean salad with tuna, and red onion. Very tasty.

                      1. ok, one more: the cold brown rice/spring peas/almond/miso/grape tomato salad at Joule-- tasty enough to make one turn vegetarian

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                        1. re: barleywino

                          the brown rice salad is no longer offered there but they do now have a cold caramelized zucchini vichysoisse w/ fresh ricotta that really hits the spot on a warm day

                        2. Wow. These all sound good and I don't think I've had a single one. Lots of stuff to try this summer - excellent! Thanks!

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                          1. re: akq

                            This is a very fun list you've got going here. One more is crab cocktail @ Jack's Fish Spot.

                          2. Just got back from dinner with friends at Hale's Ales, in Fremont toward Ballard. Panzanella salad is quite good. I was surprised. I had a "half," and that was nearly more than I could do (and trust me, I can put it away). It was more elaborate than the delightful Salumi version, but all to the good, with Mozzarella, several varieties of better-than-the-usual olives, and nicely caramelized grilled bread. Very nice. Of course, my report may be colored by the barleywine...

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                            1. re: mrnelso

                              barleywine on tap? thanks for the tip! ok, one more: Tsukushinbo usually does a cold tofu salad w/ garlic chips and (yes) 1000-island dressing, it's really better than it sounds; maybe you can ask them to do it with ramen or whatever (PS disclaimer: i haven't been there for a while)

                              1. re: barleywino

                                sorry ;) one more: crab Louis salad w/ deviled egg at Taste

                                1. re: barleywino

                                  Not a salad but something chilled and great for hot temps -- the gazpacho at Txori. I lived in southern Spain for two summers (hot) and Txori's version was pretty dead on. Only problem is, the portion is thimble-sized.

                                2. re: barleywino

                                  Barley, Hale's does have a barleywine on tap, but only sporadically. Rudyard's, I think it is. Down the block, at Brouer's, I caught a rumor that they host a "Barleywine Festival" annually, so check it out.

                                  1. re: mrnelso

                                    thanks mrnelso...i've been to the Beveridge place pub barleywine fest in Feb or so, i may have to check out Brouwers too...cheers