Moving on to Seattle, home of the Seahawks and THE BEST ASIAN FOOD YOU CAN FIND IN AMERICA. I am not exaggerating. Okay, maybe just a wee bit.
As a lot of tourists know, one goes to Seattle to obviously visit Pike Place Market (plus the long-ass line at The Original Starbucks), Space Needle, Gum Wall, Kerry Park, and The Fremont Troll. But, since it's pretty basic for me to talk about that, I am just going to tell you my favorite (mostly Asian) food spots in this PNW city.
TOULOUSE PETIT, LOWER QUEEN ANNE
The only non-Asian food that I include. This Cajun-Creole restaurant might be a little bit pricey (it's located within 6 blocks from Space Needle), but it is a must try. As pictured above, I ordered their 'Barbecued' Shrimp New Orleans. It was my first time trying grits and I. LOVED. IT. The spices from the shrimp and sauce mixed with the creaminess of the corn grits = HEAVEN. Don't forget to get their French press coffee to cure your hangover.
ISHONI YAKINIKU, BELLEVUE
Okay. Okay. I need to calm myself before raving about this place. This place is also a bit pricey (and reservation a day before for party of two is needed), but DAMN sometimes you need to treat yo self with bomb Japanese yakiniku. Their selection of high-quality meat is insane. You can't go wrong with their beef and pork. The pictures above are probably only 1/3 of what we ate that night.
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA, BELLEVUE
Good ol' Hokkaido ramen is always a good choice when it's rainy out (which is almost always in Seattle). When we went here, I wasn't really hungry. My cousin was craving for their tsukemen (above, his side) and cha-shu (braised pork belly). I then forced myself to eat something because I didn't want to miss out. So I ordered a bowl of cha-shu gohan (above, my side). The portion was perfect, and the taste was on point.
HARBOR CITY, INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
FEAST. We were so lucky to came here at night, although we were missing on their roast pork. But they have a great selection of dim sum, and their portion of salted fish fried rice can feed a family of four, probs. On New Years day and a day after, this place was insanely packed that we truly didn't get the chance to try their roast pork :(
PURPLE DOT CAFE, INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
Super, super biased. But their Indonesian fried rice (Nasi Goreng) legit tasted just like the authentic one. Plus, dim sum again, although I like Harbor City's better.
UWAJIMAYA, INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
Okay, this is not a restaurant, but it is the largest Asian supermarket I have ever seen in my life. They have food to-go, just like pictured above, and any type of Asian product that you can image. There is also Kinokuniya bookstore inside of it. Like, what??? Once you're done surrounding yourself with a lot of Asian food, head out for boba tea at AMBROSSIA or OASIS TEA ZONE just a block or two away.
MOLLY MOON'S, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Finish off with a dessert. Molly's Moon has the BEST SALTED CARAMEL ice cream I've ever had. I love salted caramel ice cream in general, but this one IS BOMB DOT COM. Also, they're open until 11pm and its icon is a puppy . Like, come on. What else do you need?
With those out of my chest, I have now finished my blog posts of my Pacific Northwest trip. I hope you guys enjoy my food raving.
Til the next trip or even sooner!