Asian food = my life.

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Taiwanese classics at Hardwok Cafe: Beef Noodle Soup, Oyster Pancake, Pork bun, braised pork over rice.

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Pork belly and kimchi fried rice from Oma Bap.

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David’s fried noodles with tofu and spinach.

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Tapioca wrapped pork mix at Soi. I know that’s a horrible description, but these chewy balls were awesome. The filling is a combination of pork, peanuts, crispy bits and spices!

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Pork belly and prawn clay pot with leeks and vermicelli noodles. Not pictured: a side of sticky rice. Winning combination.

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Delivery from Sichuanese Cuisine, my favorite Chinese restaurant in Seattle.

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A new favorite brunch of ours at Monsoon East. In addition to some classics like pancakes and egg dishes, their brunch also includes dim sum small plates and Vietnamese classics….

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…like their amazing pork belly congee.

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Yea’s Wok, my favorite Chinese restaurant in Bellevue. It rivals Sichuanese Cuisine restaurant for first place!

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Delivery from Henry’s Taiwan. A few other solid Taiwanese restaurants include Hardwok Cafe (pictured above) and Facing East (an Eastside favorite among locals).

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Monsoon East.

I have been meaning to try the dim sum brunch at Monsoon (Monsoon East) ever since I realized there was such a thing. Dim sum and brunch? Yes, dare to dream.

After a failed attempt at getting a seat at Gilbert’s on Main, a Bellevue family favorite, we passed Monsoon East by chance.

Monsoon is the sister (well, parent, really) restaurant to Ba Bar, which is one of my favorite local restaurants in Seattle. Ba Bar’s congee is not the best congee in the world, but it’s Vietnamese style and fresh ingredients make it a great breakfast dish if you ever have the chance to try it. With that in mind, I figured that the pork belly congee at Monsoon would be similar, but it was quite different and incredibly flavorful. I’ve had the pork belly congee at both restaurants and they are each unique: Ba Bar’s has hearty chunks of salty pork belly, reminiscent of Cantonese BBQ, and Monsoon’s version has diced and sweetened pork belly slices sprinkled on silky congee that makes for an smooth and easy bite every time. 

David ordered the Drunken Chicken, and it was reminiscent of General Tso’s chicken. Like, really, really good General Tso’s chicken. This dish is fit for two: a massive dome of sweet and crispy chicken protects a bed of sautéed mustard greens, and to the side, a perfectly fried egg covers a generous portion of rice. For the first time in a while, we couldn’t finish the dish. There was just too much. As for dim sum, my all time favorite is pan fried radish cake. Monsoon’s take was a bit too pan fried and covered in a bit too much sauce. The ingredients were very fresh and despite this version being too sweet for my taste, I’m excited to try their other dim sum dishes like their lotus leaf sticky rice.

will go back

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Delicious Apple and Ginger drink.

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Fusion pan fried radish cake.

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Might not be a looker, but this congee was amazing.

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The spread. Drunken chicken on the bottom right. I didn’t get a close up shot because.. I mean, look at it. We dug right in.

Recent eats.

“Favorites” edition.

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Our favorite delivery from Henry’s Taiwan.

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Soon du bu.

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Mediterranean Falafel rice bowl from Petra.

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Pizza and cheesy bread from A-Pizza Mart. My all time favorite for pizza delivery :)

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Tomato and anchovy salad from Cafe Presse.

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Korean Tofu House on “the Ave,” a favorite from college.

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Spring rolls from Sushi Maru in Bellevue. Our favorite place to grab dinner on a Friday.

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Blue Moon Burgers.

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Toy’s Cafe in Bellevue.

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Spicy Beef Noodle Soup. My favorite dish. Always and forever.

Recent eats.

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Lebanese cuisine at Cafe Munir to celebrate Sinae’s birthday!

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Falafel salad and a gluten free brownie at Cherry St. Coffee house.

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David’s baked sweet potato with greek yogurt, bacon and chives.

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Cantonese BBQ and dim sum treats.

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Family dinner.

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Soon du bu and banchan.

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Rice cakes and kung pao shrimp and scallop at Yea’s Wok.

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Taiwanese noodles and cold dishes at Toy’s Cafe.

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Szechuan style beef noodle soup.

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Our go-to spot for Friday dinners: Sushi Maru.

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Shrimp tempura roll topped with seared salmon and eel.