Noodles are multi-cultural. Like rice or flat bread, many cultures have their own version. Whether curled up on a fork laden with parmesan cheese and tomato sauce or plucked from a piping hot bowl of broth with expertly wielded chopsticks, noodles have been an earthling fan favorite for hundreds of years. But if you’re visiting the multi-cultural metropolis known as Seattle, Washington, where might you find the best noodles? What hidden alcoves or holes-in-the-wall, what Meccas to cuisine, what neighborhood restaurants might be whipping up the best and most slurpable options? Fret not, this list is here to help!
La Medusa: Of the handful of expert spots in the city that make their own pasta from scratch, La Medusa takes the proverbial cake. Their pasta is firm to the bite but then melts in your mouth. Douse it in tomato sauce, sprinkle it with parmesan cheese and take a bite of their homemade meatballs. Wow.
Amazing Thai Cuisine: A tiny, practically unknown spot in the Roosevelt neighborhood, this family-run place offers a large menu and many goodies. Each dish is cooked by the family’s matriarch, who has long memorized all the recipes. Then they’re served by the rest of the family who, after just a few visits, will know you by your first name. Try the thin Bah Mi noodles.
Yoroshiku: One of the city’s premiere ramen restaurants stands calm, cool, and collected in the Wallingford neighborhood. Featuring excellent spicy miso ramen with expertly cooked noodles and a 3-minute egg, the spot is great for a lunchtime pop-in or a family gathering.
Obasan: In the Queen Anne neighborhood, this restaurant that specializes is sushi also offers mouthwatering Yakisoba and Yak udon. Large portions cooked with tofu, chicken or beef offer a satisfying meal, transporting your spirit to a local neighborhood eatery in a far off land.
Joy Palace: One of the largest and most frequented dim sum restaurants in the city, this south end gem offers dishes of all kinds. But wait for the plate with rolled rice noodles that have been fried in a nice soy sauce glaze. Sure, the fried rice or the Chinese broccoli are fantastic, but this dish is divine.
Din Tai Fung: Famous for one important thing: soup dumplings. This eatery has lots to offer, but each trip should include an order or three of the soup dumplings, made by wrapping a dumpling noodle shell around a frozen cube of soup that, when cooked, turns into a brothy gusher.
Spinasse: Their signature angel hair pasta, called Tajarin, is made in-house with just flour and egg yolk. When cooked simply in a butter and sage sauce, the concoction is like a brilliant bundle of heaven sent glory. While pricey, it’s worth every penny.
XI’AN: This University District hole-in-the-wall makes hard to come by biang noodles, named after the sound made when you slap the noodle dough before cooking. Get the hot oil noodles and while it’s so simple, it’s also so so so good.
Thanks to Seattle writer Jake Uitti for this guest post. Log on to Likewise to follow Jake on his culinary adventures, and save the restaurants he recommends.