I'm afraid I'm becoming one of those older Asian ladies who gets really grumpy after not eating noodles or rice or something with soy sauce flavoring for a few days. Although who am I kidding: I am grumpy if I don't have noodles in some form at least once a day. On our last trip to Seattle, Yoko and I woke up from a food coma from our grandiose meal at Blind Pig Bistro and all we could think about for breakfast was a bowl of noodles. With the help of the internet, we landed at Mike's Noodle House in Chinatown.
Bustling with patrons by 11am, I knew I would like Mike's as soon as I saw the neon lights: "Congee" on one side and "Noodle" on the other. How does one choose?
Seriously people, how does one choose??? I sat on the question of Noodle vs. Congee for five minutes while Yoko patiently waited for me to make my decision. I usually order based on what dishes people have on their tables, and on this occasion, it was about 50/50. Nail biting!
Of course I went with the noodles.
We started with a healthy cup of soy milk and some Chinese donuts to nibble on while we waited.
I went with the wonton and sui kau noodle soup.
I didn't know what siu kau exactly was upon ordering but was pleasantly greeted with a wontons encased with shrimp, pork and woodear mushrooms.
These siu kau must be a rarity in the states since Mike's is the only listing that pops up on the Googles. They seem to be well-loved by Seattleites.
Fresh, bouncy noodles:
The broth was also umamiful and should be mentioned here. It seemed to be a shrimp-based broth and it was full of flavors of the sea.
Next time I will try the congee for sure. Or even better, I will get both!
MIKE'S NOODLE HOUSE
418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle WA 98104