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Hunting for a few things in Seattle...

eight_inch_pestle Oct 26, 2009 06:54 PM

1) Great steamed BBQ pork buns and great baked BBQ pork buns. Nice little egg custards, too. Looking for a bakery, not dim sum. (The ones at the Uwajimaya food court don't meet expectations.)
2) Jamaican meat patties. Flaky, rich crust and habanero-laced ground beef.
3) Good little SE Asian grocery. Great as Uwajimaya is, it can be difficult to track down dried thai chiles, fermented bean paste, and other Mekong specialties.

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  1. paulj RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 26, 2009 09:44 PM

    I can't help with the patties. I've only had it once, and that was a bakery/cafe in Lake Louise, Alberta.

    If you can head to the north suburbs, I'd suggest checking 99Ranch, which has more of a Chinese orientation than Uwajimaya. There are buns at the bakery and deli near the entrance. I haven't tried them enough to say how good they area.

    Further north is Star. This a produce and multi-ethnic grocery near the Harris Ford dealership, and a block south of Trader Joes (Lynnwood). I believe the owners are Vietnamese. But I don't know much about Vietnamese specialties.

    The area is also strong on Korean shopping (including HMart) but that might not help you.

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      mrnelso RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 26, 2009 10:08 PM

      Baked BBQ pork buns = Mee Sum, on the East side of Pike Place, not far North of Jack's Fish Spot. For SE Asian groceries, you can just wander up Jackson street from Uwajimaya to 12th Avenue. They call the area near 12th and Jackson Vietnam Town, sometimes, and there are lots of shops to see in a compact few blocks.

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        evergreengirl RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 26, 2009 10:54 PM

        For Vietnamese ingredients, and a wide diversity of SE Asian pickles, sauces, and frozen goods, try Viet Wah (1032 S Jackson St). It's fairly large, and anything that overlaps with what Uwajimaya sells tends to be less expensive. The meat/fish, however, is far lower in quality - you can't beat Uwajimaya for freshness of their seafood!

        Also, there's a small market next to Viet Wah, hidden behind the strip mall, next to Tamarind Tree - much smaller, and less expensive than even Viet Wah for veggies.

        Some Thai ingredients I've been able to find only at Mekong Grocery (3400 Rainier Ave S) - a bit further south from Uwajimaya, but well worth the trip for things like dried Thai chiles.

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          paulj RE: evergreengirl Oct 27, 2009 12:30 AM

          How about the store that replaced the Larrys Market near Northgate? I haven't stopped there since HMart opened up north.

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            forkit RE: paulj Oct 27, 2009 12:04 PM

            I use the HT market in the Larry's location quite often. They sell things from all over the world with a concentration on Vietnamese and Thai Groceries with lots of Korean and Chinese products and a large selection of rice. Mexican groceries are well represented and the produce is inexpensive and fresh with many Asian vegetables. There is inexpensive meat but I can only vouch for the shortribs, which I buy frequently. The Phillipines are represented and there is even a small Russian section.

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            equinoise RE: evergreengirl Oct 27, 2009 09:26 AM

            I strongly concur with Mekong Rainier, a great little market that has pretty much everything one needs to make SE Asian food. Uwajimaya does carry Thai-style fermented bean sauce. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/435646 . I'd be surprised if Mekong didn't have it too.

            For Jamaican meat patties, you might try Eloi on Rainier at Genessee (but everything else I've had there was bad). I also had some patties at Island Soul on Rainier that were fine, and I generally like the food at Kallaloo but I don't know if they have patties. For some reason there are several Carribbean restaurants within a few blocks of eachother in Columbia City, but they each have their own style.

            I can't say whether any of the patties I've tried have habernero in the mix; if they did, it didn't make them very hot.

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              eight_inch_pestle RE: equinoise Oct 27, 2009 03:51 PM

              Oops, don't now how I missed that thread. Thanks, Equinoise. I'm actually hunting for dao jiao for that same greens and gravy recipe from Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet. Have made it several times with various substitutes, but would of course prefer cook it as intended.

              Might have try whipping up the meat patties myself; the kind I'm thinking of are fiery. And addictive. Thanks again.

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            BallardFoodie RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 27, 2009 12:31 PM

            For steamed BBQ pork buns I would suggest Tai Tung down in the ID. They only serve them during lunch time, but you can get a bag to go. I wouldn't recommend anything else that they have to offer. For my money, better than Mee Sum, although less convenient based upon where I work.

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              mrnelso RE: BallardFoodie Oct 27, 2009 01:53 PM

              Mee Sum Pike Place for Baked BBQ buns, not steamed

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              PAO RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 27, 2009 12:39 PM

              Mon Hei Chinese bakery in the ID.

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                PAO RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 27, 2009 12:42 PM

                Viet Wah always seems dirty to me. The place that took over from Larry's on Aurora is good. So is Central Market at little farther north for many Asian foods. There are a lot of smaller SE Asian groceries and warehouses sprinkled all over the ID. Take some time someday to visit several. I like the place on the southwest corner of 12th & Jackson. And the warehouse stores to the south of that.

                1. eight_inch_pestle RE: eight_inch_pestle Oct 27, 2009 03:40 PM

                  Thanks to all for the thoughtful feedback. Will definitely try the various bakeries as well as Mekong and Viet Wah.

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