Dong Thap Noodles.

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). 

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Fried spring rolls.

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Coconut juice.

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Medium combination pho. 

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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).

Recent eats. 

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King Crab night at the Falls Buffet at Snoqualmie Casino.

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David’s cooking :) Nori glazed salmon and zucchini and sweet potato hash.

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Pad Woon Sen at Citrus Thai.

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Regent Cafe and Bakery – A must visit for some great Chinese food and pastries.

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Pho Bac.

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Wing Wah Bistro – a Gem we just discovered in the International District.

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Cupcake Royale cupcakes and girly catch up time with Emily :)

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Summer Ice cream social at work.

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Late night Ba Bar to go order after a night on the hill.

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Finally tried Kukai Ramen. Now I know what all the hype was about!