Seattle may be known for good coffee, Dungeness crab and wild salmon. But if you have an urge for a comforting bowl of noodles or a noodles stir-fry dish you won’t be disappointed. From pho soups to cold hand shaved noodles dishes and appetizing ramen soups, you can find them all in the International District. Here are our favorites:
Gourmet Noodle Bowl
707 8th Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
As its name reveals, this Noodle Bowl restaurant is all about gourmet noodles. Its menu features 31 noodle dishes including noodle soups and fried noodles. The Fried Fish soup with rice noodles is an elegant soup as you can really taste the rice in the savory broth. Try also the Laksa Curry Noodle Soup, the popular Malaysian and Singaporean delicacy and if you are brave, the Szechuan Spicy Noodle Soup. If you’d rather go for fried noodles, the chewy and tasty shrimp noodles is a good choice. With 31 dishes in the menu, you will have plenty of delicious choices
515 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104
The historic establishment is famous for its small size, its sushi dishes and of course the Friday-only lunch ramen dishes. Go early not to miss the limited number of old school Tokyo ramen that includes Ramen noodles in soy sauce soup topped with a slice of pork, spinach, bamboo and fishcake, three pieces of pork dumplings and rice.
Dong Thap Noodles
303 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Dong Thap is the Vietnamese province that is known for its rice production. Dong Thap offers a variety of fresh made noodles, like the thick udon noodles, the thick vermicelli noodles, pho wide flat style noodles and clear noodles. Bun Bo Hue is a popular Vietnamese soup that you should not miss made with rice vermicelli and beef. Unlike its cousin, the Pho, Hue is made with rounder noodles, contains both pork and beef and the broth is cloudy.
Dong Thap sells their in-house freshly made noodles at the counter, which is great if you need to stock up for your pantry.
Mike's Noodle House
418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Mike’s Noodle House is another stop that you can’t miss in ID with a great variety of noodle dishes, dumplings and wontons. Try the chicken egg noodle soup and enjoy the chewy and thin noodles for some extra comfort on a cold day. While there, you can watch staff working in the kitchen and if you go early afternoon, you may even see them filling the dumplings.
Purple Dot Café
515 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
The Hong Kong-style Chinese eaterie offers a variety of dishes that even include the spicy Ma Po tofu. But if you get there, don’t miss the braised e-fu longevity noodles otherwise known as “Baked Spaghetti”. The wheat egg noodles are baked and topped with meat tomato sauce. They are tasty and chewy and will remind you of your favorite Italian spaghetti. You will find also fried rice noodle dishes mixed with various meats and several Lo Mein dishes. The restaurant stays open after midnight to comfort night owls.
Henry’s Taiwan Plus
522 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Henry’s is well known for its hand-shaved wheat noodles. You can have them in a soup, or pan-fried mixed with a choice of mixed vegetables, meat, or fish. The second version is amazingly tasty with thick home made noodles that absorb all the juices in a wonderful and balanced dish. The Taiwanese cold noodles with peanut butter in which the peanut sauce is drizzled on the noodles with cucumber and hot oil mixed before serving were nothing but deliciousness and comfort.
674 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
J Sushi is a Japanese restaurant in the heart of the International District that while having traditional sushi dishes, also has a menu item that features thin sliced beef with Curry over Udon noodles. Curry arrived in Japan with British traders towards the end of the 19th century and this sushi restaurant makes a good fragrant curried soup that you will enjoy.