Noodle Hut on 8418 Bowdoin Way fulfills that Thai jones big-time, with a whole bunch of home-spun, feel-good food for the soul. The menu’s broken up by fried rice dishes, pan-fried noodles (Pad Thai, Kee Mao Drunken Noodles), noodle soups (Tom Yum…yum yum, Meat Ball Noodle Soup), appetizers (crispy fried green beans with hot mayo, turnip cake), and most popular (satay noodle, nam fried rice, crab fried rice). Specials, like chicken ramen curry and Massaman curry, will rock your world.
Biang-biang noodles, the ultimate, elevated peasant food, will soon be your go-to comfort food when you try some at Qin. Hand-pulled, spicy noodles — a Shaanxi Province dish in China — is a fast-growing food sensation all over the U.S. Biang-biang is the sound the noodle man makes when he bangs the noodles into submission. Qin’s pork sauce biang-biang noodles are the bomb.
The restaurant on 22315 Hwy. 99/Unit H features cuisine from Northeast China, an adventure for newbies and a taste of home for transplants. If you’re there, save room for Xinjiang style fried noodles with tomato eggs, braised beef hand-shaved noodles, and Chinese wontons in chili sauce.
Hot pots are all the rage. In Edmonds, there’s one called the Boiling Point you have to try. The small chain has restaurants in California, Canada, and Japan.
Every culture has a hot pot. In various parts of Asia, the ingredients change, but the concept’s the same. You put different ingredients into a boiling broth and dive in, sharing with friends and family. It’s very communal. Definitely the perfect place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
Boiling Point offers several different styles, from Korean Bean Paste and Milk Cream Curry, to Taiwanese Spicy, Tonkotsu Miso, and the House Special, with fermented tofu, sliced pork, fish cake, pork meatballs, quail egg, fried taro, pork intestine, and Napa cabbage. Don’t be scared; you’ll like it. The one in Edmonds, 22001 Hwy. 99, #100, is open every day, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs., and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat.
If you do nothing else, order the Dan Dan Noodles with spicy sesame sauce at Boiling Fish on 22511 Hwy. 99, Suite 101. Like most Chinese restaurants, Boiling Fish’s menu takes some time to go over. So much food, so little time.
The selections range from exotic — FeiTeng Live Fish, Pork Knuckles and Frog Legs with Chili Peppers, Spicy & Sour Pork Intestines Noodle Soup — to familiar — fried rice, chow mein, hand noodles, Mongolian Beef. Your choice. Boiling Fish serves truly authentic, spicy Chinese food in huge portions. Highly recommended: soy ginger fish, eggplant in hot garlic sauce, and deep-fried chicken with spicy chili.
For authentic Hunan style Chinese, Dong Ting Chun (22001 Hwy. 99, #400) fits the bill. There’s also one in Redmond. Hunan, or Xiang cuisine, is characterized by the liberal use of spicy chili peppers, garlic, stinky tofu, and smoked, cured, and braised food, as well as dry pots, where you fry meat and veggies in hot oil, with — yup — more chili pepper and garlic.
Fun fact: you can get your Yeung Chow fried rice with Hunan style bullfrog, too. For the less adventurous, the steamed fish, spicy prawn dry pot, stir-fried, bone-in chicken with pickled chili, and braised pork belly with fried tofu go down real easy. Everybody raves about the cauliflower dry pot with Chinese bacon. You might wanna try some, too.