Dong Thap Noodles opened on a modest corner near 12th Ave. and Jackson St., just a few blocks before one of my favorite restaurants in the city (Sichuanese Cuisine) and where the International District begins. Because of this, we’ve walked by it’s bright and clean storefront a countless number of times, but without any intention of visiting. Admittedly, we have our go to for Vietnamese food, and I’m all about limiting any type of decisions related to food when possible (just ask David). It wasn’t until we started to hear buzz about Dong Thap from multiple sources that we realized we may have been missing out on a new gem. So at last, we went in for dinner on a quiet Sunday and were thoroughly impressed.
When you google Dong Thap Noodles, the most popular mention that comes up is their fresh made noodles. In my pho, the noodles were thick, chewy and surprisingly unique to each bite, which really highlighted how homemade they were. The meat was noteworthy as well. When there’s nothing “wrong” that I can remember – “too tough, chewy, dry…” – I consider it good.
I liked it so much that I proudly inaugurate Dong Thap to my list of best Seattle pho alongside Ba Bar and Than Brothers (insert “hand clapping” emoji here).
Fried spring rolls.
Medium combination pho.
Since I “became an adult,” I’ve been utterly obsessed with Disneyland. Not so much Disney movies, characters or memorabilia, but specifically the theme parks. This obsession hit me late, but hard, and if you recall, David and I last visited the Disney park in Hong Kong. Their park is unique in its own way, and while you can find classic rides like “It’s a Small World” and a mystical take on “Haunted Mansion,” it just made me long for the Disneyland. This year for my Birthday, we took a theme park focused trip down to LA and even stopped by Universal Studios! I don’t want to overtly declare how old I turned, but let’s just say it was a great way to welcome the last year of my 20s..
Take me back!
Pepper and sausage hash.
Mom’s spare rib soup.
Snacks in bed. I can’t resist a classic holiday tin.
Pomegranate seeds in bed.
Leftovers on a Sunday morning in my fuzzy robe.
David’s beef chao mian.
Beef with water spinach.
Meat, bread and oil.
My family’s Thanksgiving tradition is quite simple. We know that we’ll always be together and that there will be A LOT of Chinese food. Classic dishes are roasted duck, sweet and sour prawns and my mom’s famous baked salmon.
We’ll always welcome a classic Thanksgiving dish or two, and this year, my family loved David’s sweet potato casserole.
David’s Chinese “Squirrel” Fish (not actually squirrel).
Baked Salmon (my brother caught the fish!)
Pan fried noodles.
Spicy bean curd with pork.
Sweet and sour prawns.