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Dough Zone

In Eating Out, Food on July 30, 2014 at 10:44

Fairly new soup dumpling place in Bellevue called Dough Zone.

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The menus were full of small dishes, from dumplings, buns, to noodles and congees.

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I went there twice already and was able to try different dishes.

Great news that finally there was a place serving comparable soup dumpling, Xiao long bao, to Din Tai Fung‘s.

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Equally thin-skinned and very juicy with tender gingery meat, the Dough Zone Xiao long bao were delicious and at a lower price point than Din Tai Fung – a bonus!

The rest of the menu items were hit and miss.

For starters, I had the spicy cucumbers and radish.

Both were tasty.

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The spicy sauce was very spicy in the crunchy cucumbers and I just loved the garlic in them.

The dish was less sweet and less sesame flavor than Din Tai Fung’s and yet still good.

The radish was very savory and additive and with a harder crunch.

It reminded me of the radish that my family in Hong Kong ate with plain congee every Sunday morning.

My next favorite would be the pan-fried buns, Sheng Jian Bao.

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The buns were soft and the pork filling once again were very juicy, flavored well and just fantastic.

The inconsistency came from frying.

Some of the buns on my plate got the much expected crispy bottom which was the highlight of sheng juan bao — slight burnt, harder crusty bottom gave slight caramelized flavor and added texture to the bun; but others were barely fried and completely paled.

Hopefully they could make the pan-frying process more consistent otherwise it was very much a waste on otherwise really good buns.

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I had wonton soup, spicy wontons and leek pockets on one occasion.

The leek pockets were awesome!

Again very juicy; and the skin was light and was pan-fried top and bottom in just right crispiness, totally delicious.

The filling was made with aromatic leeks, mung bean noodle and eggs.

The wontons had very thin skin and smooth which was fantastic except the filling was extremely minimal.

I felt like I was only eating wrapping.

The spicy wonton sauce was good but not as good as the one at Din Tai Fung.

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On another occasion, I had beef roll and it was tasty — fresh cilantro with well marinated thinly sliced cold beef in a crispy buttery pancake and a little sauce inside, the textural contrast was great and a very decent dish.

The stewed pork noodle I did not much care for.

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It had a nice soy sauce flavor and noodle had great texture; I could not get over the, lack of a better term “porky” flavor of the meat.

It was the unpleasant, “gamey” meat flavor that pork generally should not have.

I also had a crepe-like dish called jianbing guozi, with egg outside and fried dough inside, and that was probably the worse dish I got there.

The wrap was chewy when I was expecting crispiness, and the fried dough inside was completely soggy.

We had a very pricey beef burger which had tender tasty beef with strong cilantro flavor but the bun was doughy and soggy — felt like I was eating a mouthful of flour and soggy from soaking up the grease from frying.

All in all, if one knew what to order, and that the restaurant was consistent in their delivery, the meal would be wonderful.

Dough Zone still had long line on weekends and night-time, and the last time I was there for lunch, I did not have to wait.
Dough Zone Dumpling House 麵貼面 on Urbanspoon

Terra Plata and Cupcake Royale

In Eating Out, Food, Food Product for Home on July 23, 2014 at 10:55

Terra Plata, a local sustainable restaurant in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

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The triangular layout of the restaurant made the place fun with its inviting sliding doors opening to the street.

The heavy natural wood décor gave a very down to earth, layback feeling to the space.

DH and I came for brunch.

My curiosity led its way to their cherry drinking vinegar.

It was pungent, vinegary with very light cherry flavor and a grainy aftertaste.

Drinking vinegar had long been a folk medicine for many ailment including obesity and diabetics.

If I were to get into the habit of drinking it, I believe I would see it as “medicine” to take a shot of, rather than an enjoyment of a drink!

We waited for an unreasonably long time for our food and when we finally got our shishito peppers, they were great.

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It was cooked just right, fairly spicy hot, but a little too greasy in the mouthfeel.

The lemon aioli was delicious with the addition of chives.

The heat from the peppers slowly built up as I consumed more; and I loved that these peppers did not have a strong green pepper-like flavor that I found overwhelming at times.

DH got the pork hash with cauliflower, carrots, celery and potato.

The pork was chunky, a little spicy, very savory and the poach egg was delicious.

The runny egg yolk made the dish creamy.

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I had the pita sandwich with buttery fluffy eggs, sausages and arugula.

There was a “Spanish sauce” in the sandwich that was very delicious with unknown spices – perhaps cumin?

Roasted potatoes were crisp on the outer and nutty and soft inside.

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Food aside and most importantly of all, it was an enjoyable and rare brunch time outing with DH that I treasured.

Terra Plata on Urbanspoon

I was not a crazy cupcake fan, but my sister enjoyed them.

If I were to consume cupcake, I liked New York Cupcake’s.

I only wanted to try Cupcake Royale’s red velvet ice cream as it was out in the market for a very long while now.

We killed 2 birds with 1 stone when my sister visited.

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My sister got her favorite lavender cupcake, and bought the seasonal strawberry rhubarb crisp, cherry chocolate cheesecake and my favorite red velvet.

I loved the strawberry rhubarb cake with filling!

The cake was eggy, super fluffy with tart and awesome strawberry rhubarb filling.

The reason I preferred New York Cupcakes over Cupcake Royale was because of the icing.

I found Cupcake Royale’s icing often grainy, sugary and too sweet for my liking; unfortunately the strawberry rhubarb cupcake’s icing was no exception.

The cherry chocolate cheesecake cupcake minus the icing was very chocolaty goodness, visible cherry pieces was moist with nice flavor but the cream cheese icing was too cloying.

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As for the red velvet ice cream, I enjoyed it a lot!

delicious sweet cream ice cream which was super buttery, thick and rich, mixed with chunks of red velvet cake.

The resulting mouthfeel was a little mealy but did not bother me.

It had the expected cocoa flavor from the red velvet and also an unexpected saltiness from the cake which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Regrettably both DH and my sister did not enjoy the mealiness of the ice cream. — good news for me!!!

Cupcake Royale on Urbanspoon

Richmond Night Market

In Eating Out, Food, North America, Travel Food on July 21, 2014 at 11:10

So wonderful to be visiting the Richmond night market!

Weather was nice and so many people — queueing up for food, waiting for food and it was so much fun!

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There were way more food that I wanted than my already flexible stomach could hold in one go.

As a result, the plan of attack was to get the food that I really missed!

Number one being curry fish balls!

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I could make that easily for myself at home, but having curry fish balls on the street was very nostalgic for me —  it was one of the quintessential street food in Hong Kong.

Next, delicious lamb skewers.

Had to admit that we might have gone to the wrong stall as the famous stall might be an aisle down.

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This stall still had non-stop business with a long line, a tell-tale sign of a good place, Asian way.

They served chicken, beef, pork and shrimps as well, but I was partial to lamb.

The lamb skewers were still very fresh, delicious and spicy hot!

Tender and perfect balance between meat and fat, slightly charred with slight burnt meat/fat flavor – such a delight!

I was happy to find stinky tofu!

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Rumor was that night market had stopped serving stinky tofu because it was still too stinky for the public.

Stinky tofu were tofu that had gone under fermentation, and the process imparted an almost blue cheese flavor to the tofu.

They were then fried or sometimes steamed to serve, and was considered one of many Chinese delicacies.

These stinky tofu were Taiwanese style with hot sauce, sweet soy sauce paste, cilantro, and pickled cabbage.

They were not nearly as stinky as what I was used to having growing up (I remembered literally able to smell the stinky tofu street vendor blocks away).

In fact, I saw the sign on the stall front, rather than reaching them via my nose.

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It was still a tasty rare find, and I was glad the night market still had this dish!

We walked past stalls that was making the fine art of dragon beard candy…

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Yummy fried chicken fillet and mochi dessert…

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Our friends got the grilled calamari that was tender and delicious, cooked in its own juice.

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On our way to night market, I saw a girl with a cup of Chendol that looked delicious; since then I had kept my eyes peeled on finding one for myself.

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Eventually I got the Chendol while DH got a mango drink.

Chendol was a popular Indonesian drink dessert with hard-to-miss green rice noodle, coconut milk and palm sugar.

This stall version also consisted of red and green beans, almond tofu and jelly.

It was refreshing and filling at the same time.

DH was not quite full yet from all the teaser nibbling, and we landed on the pancake roll.

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The pancake wrap was similar to roti and we opted for pickled vegetables and pork filling.

It was buttery delicious mixed with crunch and tartness of pickled vegetables.

The stall also had kimchi and beef, and the traditional Chinese dry shredded pork with eggs filling.

At this point, my stomach was nearly at end of its stretch.

Passed by a fried Mars bar bus…

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…and would really loved to try the new Korean crazed ice cream-filled spiral called IceCane…

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At the end, went for my little eggs as some of my friends had never had this classic Hong Kong street food.

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We walked and ate until it got dark.

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Went back to our hotel with a happy, satisfied and full stomach!

Eureka! and Malay Satay Hut

In Eating Out, Food on July 18, 2014 at 15:25

Met my friend for lunch at Eureka! at the University Village.

Hadn’t been to U. Village for a while and it was absolutely booming.

Molly Moon opened up a store there, Din Tai Fung had its second Washington location, and a Starbucks Reserve store that was supposed to have food and liquor.

Eureka! had a lovely outside seating, and on a sunny day, it was fantastic!

Looked like Eureka! was a California chain restaurant, and the U village location was the first one outside of CA.

Burgers were the main stake of the restaurants, and Eureka! used all natural, no hormone and no antibiotics beef.

At the end, my friend picked the bison burger, since it was infrequently seen at restaurants and the vegetarian burger sparked my interest.

We ended up waiting for a very long time for our food, even though the restaurant did not strike me as particularly crowded on a weekday lunch time.

The waiter was really nice and brought us complimentary fries while we waited for our food.

The fries had ok flavor, on the softer side and not super crispy.

Both burgers arrived looking fantastic and the buns looked soft, nice and appetizing.

The bison meat turned out decent and the burger was well-flavored with bacon-jalapeno jam which gave some smokiness and very mild in spiciness.

The onions and peppers gave a southwest-feel to the dish.

My problem was the buns.

It was soaked with butter and made the burger greasy and heavy.

The buns themselves actually tasted a little sweet and fluffy.

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The reason that the vegetarian burger peaked my interest because the patty was made with red beet and beans.

When I was in New York couple year back, I had 5-napkin burger’s vegetarian burger and it was out of this world!

The best I ever had, which incidentally also had red beet.

I remembered loving it — the color of the patty looked almost like a rare beef burger, and the texture was awesome and similar to a meat patty with great flavors.

I was hoping the Eureka! one would be a substitute to a trip to New York — unfortunately no luck.

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Aside from a little sweetness and the striking purple color delivered by the beets, the patty was a bean patty that was relatively soft — resembling many other vegetarian burger patty.

Along with zucchini pickles, tomatoes, onions and arugula, overall flavor was decent, but not something I wanted to shell out $12 for.

Eureka! on Urbanspoon

We had far and few Southeast Asian restaurants in the Greater Seattle area, long-standing Malay Satay Hut being one of them.

My favorite from Malay Satay Hut was their roti and chicken satay.

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The roti was one of the most buttery treat there was.

It was fairly fluffy (of course, not as fluffy as the ones in Malaysia) with crisp tops and bottoms, super delicious.

Over the years, the curry sauce went through its iteration: it used to be a lighter chicken curry sauce, now it was a thicker perhaps vegetarian curry sauce with potatoes.

The curry flavor was still very nice and I enjoyed the roti all the same.

Chicken satay was another excellent dish.

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I believed dark chicken meat was used and it was one of the most tender satay I had in town.

Always well marinated with garlic, turmeric and other spices, cooked to perfection with a little char, the chicken satay was a delight.

They also served beef satay which was not as fantastic as the chicken, and I had not tried the new lamb satay yet.

The chunky peanut sauce was very delicious as well with likely garlic, onion and soy, I could eat bowls of rice with just this savory additive sauce.

That particular dinner, we also had Tom Yum soup per my friend’s request, which was sweeter than my preference.

I generally stayed away from ordering anything non-Malay/Indonesian dishes at Malay Satay Hut; this was my first time having their Tom Yum soup.

I found it interesting that they used peppers which had a strong flavor that I did not associate with Tom Yum.

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I also dislike the small baby corn; I found the flavor often soapy and non-food like.

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We also had their Chow Kueh Teow, Malaysian fried wide rice noodle.

It was a little disappointing that night as it was a bland in flavor and just did not have the complexity of the aromatics and the flavors of the ingredients that was supposed to make this dish great.

How I missed the Malaysian food at Johur’s food court!

I could still taste the kueh teow, satays and belachan in my head!!

Malay Satay Hut on Urbanspoon

 

Granville Island

In Eating Out, Food, North America, Travel Food on July 16, 2014 at 11:02

Granville Island — one of the touristic highlights of Vancouver BC.

Especially around this time of the year when the Pacific Northwest had beautiful sunny days and gorgeous colors in our surrounding.

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The market was bountiful and vibrant with abundance of produce.

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Seafood were other highly prized items from the Northwest.

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Many food vendors also occupied the market.

Pastry shops….

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Specialty pie shop…

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We bought lunch at Laurelle’s Fine Foods.

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The salmon pie was good with a tangy fresh beet salad.

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Unfortunately my own Shepherd’s pie was better than theirs — of course I am biased!

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The filling was not tomato-ey or herby enough and the mashed was a little hard and dry.

Laurelle's Fine Foods on Urbanspoon

Found ChocolaTas in the Public Market after lunch.

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A few of the pieces were interesting: Kyoto cherry rose and rooibos tea. 

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Their dark chocolate ganache were smooth and with lovely roasty chocolate flavors.

The Kyoto cherry rose was very nice with a hint of cherry, green tea like flavor and hint of rose.

Flavors were just right and subtle; allowing the characters of chocolate to shine.

The rooibos tea flavor in the ganache was too light and unnoticeable.

ChocolaTas might not be Thomas Haas level great, but still enjoyable.

ChocolaTas on Urbanspoon

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

In Eating Out, Food on July 14, 2014 at 01:28

I heard of Chaco Canyon Organic Café for  a very long time but never knew it was vegan restaurant!

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The place had a lay back yet funky atmosphere.

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Ordered at the counter and food and drinks delivered according to your number with self-serve seating.

It was a warm sunny day in Seattle — perfect for their fresh juices.

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I loved the humorous inscription on the cup, it said, ” warning: if you consume this beverage, it may cause – dissatisfaction with processed or packaged foods – peace of mind – a cascade of healthy lifestyle choices.”

We had the immune boost juice with apple, celery, parsley, carrot and ginger; juices were fresh, heavy in celery flavor.

For food, DH had the bahn mi bowl with glass noodle and 5-spiced cold tofu with carrot, cucumbers and cilantro mint sauce.

I had the vegan mushroom quiche with chia seeds pudding.

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I did not enjoy the bahn mi bowl as I thought I would, perhaps because I was very used to the Vietnamese ones with nice cool soft noodles and excellent grilled meats.

The glass noodle was a little crunchy and dry, felt like it was undercooked, or had been refrigerated after cooking which generally destroyed the texture of starches.

The vegetables and peanuts were fresh and the five-spiced tofu had very strong soy sauce and five-spiced flavor.

I could not get over the hard stewed/braised tofu pieces as it felt really heavy and salty.

The strong five-spiced flavor was very satiating and overwhelming.

Now I understood why in Chinese cuisine, these braised five-spice tofu curds were always shredded and tossed with vegetables as appetizer.

The cilantro mint sauce was beautifully done with great flavors and invigorating.

My mushroom quiche was fantastic!

The crust had awesome texture — light and crumbly, with pleasant mushroom and curry flavors.

I loved the filling texture — guessing it had some tofu in there as well.

This was my first time having chia seeds pudding.

It reminded me very much of Chinese tapioca dessert except much thicker.

The chia seed pudding was garnished with banana and roast coconut flakes.

It was very substantial and completely could stand on its own as a breakfast course for me.

While at my table, I saw the ad for this vegan hot pepper sauce, Chicaoji.

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The café had many kinds of communal hot sauces for patrons and Chicaoji was one of them.

Its ingredients perked my eyes: healthy goji berries and raw cacao, along with great natural ingredients of raw agave,  raw apple cider vinegar and chipotle chili.

Goji (枸杞) berries contained rich amount of vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids, and was deemed as one of the functional food popular among healthy foods community.

Chinese used them in dishes and soups for a very long time.

The sauce was a “superfood” chili sauce and it was hot!!!

It carried an excellent smoked pepper flavor and the goji berry flavors came through prominently as well.

I am considering switching to this after I used up my sriracha.

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe on Urbanspoon

Dur Dur Cafe Somalian Food

In Eating Out, Food on July 9, 2014 at 10:41

I read about Dur Dur Café having one of the best Chai around town, I had to go try it for myself.

Dur Dur served Somalian food that I never had — another reason to visit!

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Turned out it was an interesting dining experience all together!

I met my girlfriend there at around 11:30am.

Glad that I read a little review before heading out there.

When I got there, there was no host, no one greeting us and no menu.

We were the only non-Somalian there, and the only female customers!

I went right to the back kitchen where our lovely cook was busy at preparing food.

Our lovely cook made the third female in the whole establishment.

I was sharing my dining experience with my friend who happened to be a teacher, and he had mentioned that males and females were separated among Somalians in school events as well.

What we observed at the restaurant was not unusual.

We were told that they were still serving breakfast, and lunch would change over around 12:30pm.

I suggested we had breakfast and enjoyed a cup of Chai; and when lunch came around, we would order lunch.

First off, the Chai.

It was very good — piping hot, spicy with primarily ginger and smooth.

We asked our cook and another gentleman who was helping out what they put in their Chai, but they were not keen on divulging their recipe, they just told us “spices”.

I would guess there was also clove and perhaps smaller amount of cardamom.

I would not be surprise if there was ground nuts in it as one of my cup had some beige sludge at the bottom of the cup.

It really was one of the best Chai flavor in town but it was too sweet — the Chai came pre-sweetened unfortunately.

For breakfast that day, the cook told us it was beef with beans.

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The stir-fried diced beef was full of flavors of peppers, carrots, potatoes, onions and their unique spice blend, of which I could taste cumin.

It was very complex and I really couldn’t tell what other spices were there.

The stewed beans were one of the best.

Cooked with cilantro and onion, it was smooth, creamy and very flavorful.

Plain beans could taste really good!

Breakfast came with a small crispy outside and soft inside French bread similar to the Bahn Mi bread and we ate it all!

We inquired about lunch at the kitchen with the cook; I heard that they served camel meat and really wanted to try that for lunch.

Unfortunately camel meat was only available on Fridays, so I would have to go back!

That day, they offered a stewed chicken, chicken fajitas and goat meat.

Goat meat it was!

The question was whether to have the goat meat with spaghetti or rice?  and I wanted to try both!

Our cook made us both so we could try them!

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Goat meat was well marinated with lots of pepper and fried to crisp yet tender, and was super delicious, it was tender and fell off the bone.

The rice was similar to Indian basmati rice and was fluffy, buttery with lots of cardamom.

The spaghetti reminded me of Hong Kong style western food where we stir-fried spaghetti and it tasted similar to that except spicy!

It was dry yet there was enough sauce to coat the noodle.

The portion was crazily generous.

I could eat the breakfast for 2 meals and the goat plate probably for 3 meals.

The Chai was so good — at the end, my girlfriend and I each had 2 cups and I bought one cup back for DH.

All these came out to be $25 total.

It was certainly cheap good eats, and a gem in Central District!
Dur Dur Cafe on Urbanspoon

 

East and West Kefta

In Eating Out, Food on July 7, 2014 at 11:15

Lunch with my girlfriend at Garlic Crush.

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I had heard that it was a great place for quick Mediterranean food on the east side; and they certainly had the business to support that.

It was packed with people in this small place.

We queued up at the counter to order our food and luckily found a table to sit during the busy business lunch hour.

I got the kefta set with lentil soup.

The lentil soup was delicious with great lemony/citrusy flavor but it was too salty for my taste.

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I was very much looking forward to the kefta but it was dense and hard.

Flavor was good and I could see fresh parsley chopped in it but the texture was disappointing.

Hummus was ok but the pita was dry and thin.

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The rice was not great either as it was on the hard and dry side as well.

Perhaps kefta was not their star plate or that I went on an off day?

It was certainly not a suitable place to catch up with a friend as we were told nicely to give up our table after we ate for new customers.

Garlic Crush on Urbanspoon

Had the pleasure to meet fellow blogger tofuhunter, and got a tip about Mawadda in West Seattle.

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The restaurant worked like a quick food place, ordered at the counter and they brought the food out — similar to garlic crush.

Tofuhunter had told me that they had one of the best Chai as well.

I got Kefta again with Chai and Ful.

The Chai was very delicious, high in ginger and cardamom; very smooth and extremely creamy.

I had 2 cups!

It was pre-sweetened but the sweetness was not too objectionable to me.

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I got the kefta as a wrap this time, and the meat was a softer than Garlic Crush’s with great flavor of parsley and other spices.

The pita was warm and fluffy with refreshing yogurt sauce, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes.

It was fresh and tasty.

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The ful was delicious with warm soft pita bread.

I saw that they offered ful on their website but the dish was not on their menu board.

Traditionally this Egyptian/Sudanese bean stew was made with fava beans.

It was hearty, earthy with mildly spiced which was soothing and comforting.

When I find myself in the West Seattle neighborhood, I would most definitely stop by if not to eat, to at least get a tasty cup of Chai.

Mawadda Cafe West Seattle on Urbanspoon

 

Ginza

In Eating Out, Food on July 2, 2014 at 12:55

Ginza was both DH and my favorite Japanese place around the Greater Seattle Area.

We loved it because they had both great fresh raw fish and delicious cook food.

It made an easy meeting spot with friends as we could easily find a dish for everyone.

DH’s default was sushi deluxe.

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Their fish and seafood were fresh and seasonal raw fish were offer nightly.

The portion was generous.

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When my father came, he liked the sashimi dinner.

My favorite fish in Ginza was their saba, mackerel.

Saba was not on the top of my all time favorite sushi/sashimi fish, but Ginza’s one was.

I had encountered a lot of saba being overlooked in sushi places, often resulting in dry and mealy texture, or overly sour from vinegar.

Ginza’s saba was oily, moist and delicious.

The sweetness and the unmistakable fishy saba flavor would take over all senses.

It was as plump as fellow hamachi and it was just amazing.

Saba was an acquired taste and I knew people who just thought they were too fishy.

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sushi and sashimi combo

On my raw fish day, I usually ordered their chirashi.

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I loved it for the large variety of fish and seafood in it.

Traditionally, inferior cut fish would be served in the chirashi while the top quality portion was reserved for first sashimi, then sushi.

The fish pieces in chirashi was a little smaller than sushi, but still really delicious.

Sat on top of a good size bowl of delicious sushi rice, I could easily find 10 different proteins on it: farmed salmon, wild salmon, abacore tuna, eel, egg, shrimp, octopus, clam, fatty white tuna, hamachi, saba, seared maguro, sometimes with small fish eggs, other times ikura.

I could never finish one chirashi in one go!

On the hot food side, Ginza had the usual hot food menu containing tonkatsu, yakisoba, grilled fish, tempura etc.

The most amazing was they also had another full on menu of small dishes perfect as drinking companion, izakaya style dishes.

These include fried fish cake with cheese, miso eggplant, stewed beef, stoneplate tofu or fried smelt to name a few.

One of my favorite off the izakaya menu was the matsutake dobinmushi.

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This brought back nostalgic memory of having Japanese food when I was a kid in Hong Kong.

It was a rich flavored soup made in the little tea-pot, with matsutake mushroom as the primary ingredient, and often times accompanied by small shrimp, small fish piece, chicken piece and ginkgo.

The soup was savory, meaty and earthy;  all the flavors blended well together and produced this light, complex yet delicate soup.

As a kid, large part of the fun was pouring soup out of the tiny little teapot and then drinking soup out of the little cup that came with it.

As adult, savoring the small little cups of soup was one of the best thing in life.

Another Ginza favorite was their pumpkin fried rice.

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A whole kombucha was used with the pumpkin meat gutted out and fried with rice, shrimps, bacon and aromatics.

It was a sweet fried rice which was delicious and filling.

It was not the Cantonese style drier fried rice but it was still really good!

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Last, I loved their chawanmushi.

The smoothest steam egg to have!

The aroma of savory dashi and egg was tempting and the egg was very soft and addictive!

As I dug into the egg, there was a clam, shrimp and fish cake, like little treasures at the bottom of the cup — the seafood brought in unique flavors to the steamed egg.

It was so delicate as if it would break if I shook it too hard.

I made Chinese style steamed egg at home and knew that it was difficult to make ones that was smooth, soft and perfect.

It was a pleasure!

After their expansion about a year ago, they also had an area for yakiniku, grilled meats.

I still had not tried that yet and will one day!

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Fun Food at University District Farmers Market

In Eating Out, Food on June 30, 2014 at 11:27

It was finally the time of the year when we Washingtonian saw abundant fresh vibrant produce in the many farmers’ markets in different neighborhoods.

A deliberate trip to University District Farmers Market to purchase apple cider from Rockridge Orchards.

There were many different food offering at this large farmers market — Veraci pizza, empanadas, Thai to name a few.

We were very happy to try some funky waffles on a stick from My Sweet Lil Cakes.

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I loved the groove and the funk that whole food truck was exuding.

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We tried a sweet red velvet buttermilk with dark cherries and sweet cream, and a savory free range chicken and waffle.

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These waffle on the sticks were lots of fun!

Cooked to order and the aroma of waffle smelled comforting as we were waiting for our order.

The outside were crisp batter that was light.

The dark cherries inside the red velvet stick had nice crunch, just right sweetness and great flavor, some batter inside made it a little mushy.

The free range fried chicken had a delicious dose of black pepper, tender and light.

The chicken pieces tasted very healthy (definitely not fried) which was a plus.

Accompanied with maple butter, the sweet and salty play was just lovely.

Each stick was pricey at $7 each, and I could not get full with one stick.

It was definitely a fun novelty snack.

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The next stop was at Loki Fish Company.

They had a tent serving salmon sliders along side selling fish.

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We tried the arugula with apple aioli and bacon, and a fennel carrot jalapeno slaw with shoyu glaze.

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The little sweet bread of the sliders were soft and grilled crisp.

The salmon were interesting as I was expecting a small piece of salmon fillet, instead it was salmon cake with other fillers and flavoring.

Tasty but texture was a little soft and mushy in my opinion.

I loved the freshness of the fennel carrot and jalapeno slaw, not too spicy, crisp and fresh.

The apple bacon arugula combination was delicious as well with smoky flavor and crunchiness of the apple and arugula.

The sliders were at $4.50 each, also not cheap and I could say I tried them!