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Hai Di Lao offers hot pot with exceptional service, like table side entertainment from Sichuan opera performers. Pacific Place [Official Photo]

Where to Get Great Chinese Food in the Seattle Area

With dumplings, spicy Sichuan specialties, hot pot, and more

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Seattle’s Chinese food scene has offered diverse culinary experiences for decades, with options that span dumplings, noodles, barbecue, hot pot, and more. Historically, restaurants have been concentrated in the Chinatown International District, but in recent years, Chinese restaurants have opened all over the Seattle area, with dozens of new spots on the Eastside. At the same time, popular international hotpot, noodle, and dumpling chains are setting up outposts in Seattle and Bellevue.

Restaurants’ hours and service levels change constantly these days, so it’s best to call ahead to confirm details. To suggest a restaurant to add to the list, email seattle@eater.com. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Ting’s Dumplings

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14411 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 363-3866
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The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy, often filled with pork, shrimp, and napa cabbage or pickled napa cabbage. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, which come in many varieties, like pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

A white plate filled with boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Little Ting’s boasts some of the best boiled dumplings in town.
Jay Friedman

2. Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish

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13200 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 466-1005
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Amid Seattle’s growing number of hot pot restaurants and their endless choices of broths and add-ins is this chain focused mainly on a single dish. Pickled mustard greens constitute the “sauerkraut” portion, with big bowls of hot-and-sour broth containing chunks of fish topped with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish.
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish
Jay Friedman

3. Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

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600 Pine St Suite355
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 586-4598
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The wildly popular Chinese hot pot chain known for luxurious tableside attractions — including noodle dancers and face-changing Sichuan opera performers — opened at Pacific Place downtown and Bellevue’s Pacific Center, serving boiling broths, flavorful dipping sauces, and a wide selection of meats. Certain amenities (like massages for waiting diners) are not available, but the restaurant is fully open for indoor dining and takeout.

A hand dips a meat in a broth at a hot pot restaurant, with several dishes surrounding the bowl, including plates of raw meat, dumplings, and shrimp.
Hai Di Lao offers hot pot with exceptional service, like table side entertainment from Sichuan opera performers.
Pacific Place [Official Photo]

4. Chengdu Taste

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504 5th Ave S Ste 106
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 333-0457
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The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, shredded pork, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles
Amaelinda B Lee

5. A+ Hong Kong Kitchen

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419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1267
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This International District restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the subdued notes of Cantonese cuisine, in contrast to the spiciness of Sichuan food. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

A plate of X.O. rice rolls at A+ Hong Kong Kitchen.
XO rice rolls
Jay Friedman

6. 天府春秋 Tian Fu

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300 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 363-3292
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Tian Fu’s locations in Northgate and Bellevue are constantly filled with large parties speaking Mandarin and sharing plates of some of the Seattle area’s best Sichuan cuisine. Servers dash around tables serving large portions of regional classics, like boiled fish in chili and peppercorn sauce and toothpick lamb. The mapo tofu coats the tongue with chili oil and makes it buzz with Sichuan peppercorn while the twice-cooked pork belly and string beans offer a jolt of umami from fermented beans and vegetables.

Soft tofu cubes float in a pool of chili oil in a bowl.
Tian Fu’s mapo tofo is particularly spicy and makes the tongue buzz with Sichuan peppercorn.
Tian Fu

7. Dim Sum King

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617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 359-1628
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After a car plowed into the front of the restaurant in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system for takeout (dine-in is unavailable right now).

A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King offers both savory and sweet dishes.
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8. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 389-7099

At this popular International District spot, there’s Chinese comfort food in abundance. For a quick and inexpensive meal, bowls of wontons, dumplings, and noodles (the specialty is toothpick-thin egg noodles) are satisfying; diners can also start their day with a warm bowl of congee with various toppings and a youtiao (savory Chinese cruller). Open for indoor dining and takeout.

Wonton and sui-kau soup at Mike’s Noodle House.
Wonton and sui-kau soup
Jay Friedman

9. Tai Tung Restaurant

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655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-7372
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One of Chinatowns best-known restaurants, Tai Tung has been in the neighborhood for 85 years and is as solid as ever. Many Seattle legends have dined at Tai Tung; the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce. And even international celebrities, like the late Anthony Bourdain, have visited the shop. Sit at the L-shaped counter to snack on moo shu pork and fried chicken wings or splurge on abalone and crab dishes (when in season). Open for indoor dining and takeout.

10. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

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668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-3388

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the sight of hanging meats draws people in, and the flavors ensure return visits. The roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a bright ginger-scallion sauce. Open for takeout.

Roasted duck at Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House.
Roasted duck is one of Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

11. Harbor City Restaurant

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707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-2228
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Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District’s dim sum spots, Harbor City’s popularity continues. Known for its eye-popping portions, the restaurant’s dim sum is also above-average quality. The shrimp and chive and other dumplings are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

A container with three dumplings garnished with parsley
Harbor City features great dim sum.
Harbor City [Official Photo]

12. Xi’an Noodles

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5259 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522-8888
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This no-frills spot on the Ave in the U District has been slinging some of the city’s best Chinese food since it opened in 2016, with bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or whichever hot chili oil offering is available. Open for covered and heated outdoor dining and takeout.

A closeup view of Chinese noodles from Xi’an, topped with green onions.
The U District restaurant makes its noodles from scratch every day.
Xi’an Noodles/Facebook

13. Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant

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7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 453-3498
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This unassuming strip mall restaurant is one of the best dim sum spots in South Seattle. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp dumplings are a must-try, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are divine. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

The exterior of Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant, located in a South Seattle strip mall packed with cars in parking spots
Foo Lam is one of South Seattle’s dim sum destinations.
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14. Mama’s Dough

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18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 236-2165
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Mama’s Dough is a must-try for soup dumpling lovers who want to try spots beyond large chains like Din Tai Fung. It’s located in Kent’s Great Wall Shopping Mall, a mecca for Chinese food that includes about a dozen restaurants and an outpost of Chinese supermarket 99 Ranch Market. The frozen varieties can be ordered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
Mama Dough in Kent has some of the area’s best soup dumplings.
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15. Frying Fish

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1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 643-5555
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Pre-pandemic, this Sichuan restaurant would be constantly packed with people eating chili-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are also standouts. Open for indoor dining and takeout. 

A dish at Frying Fish in Bellevue.
Frying Fish specializes in Sichuan cuisine.
Jay Friedman

16. 151 Days

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2720 152nd Ave NE #150
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 406-8691
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Yongshen Guo raises his own Bresse breed chickens for at least 150 days (longer than average, for more flavor) at his farm in Arlington to serve in dishes at his restaurant, which he opened in 2021 under a new apartment complex in Redmond. Guo grew up in Inner Mongolia, and that region’s cuisine influences the menu with dishes not normally found at other Chinese restaurants. Try the Arlington Bresse Noodle soup to experience the flavor of 150-day-old chicken first-hand, or the steak tagine pot, a satisfying rice stew made with short ribs, potatoes and chicken broth. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

Noodles, hard boiled egg and shredded chicken float in broth in a bowl.
151 Days chicken noodle soup is made with chickens raised on a farm for 150 days by owner Yongshen Guo.
151 Days

17. Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle

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1299 156th Ave NE Ste 135
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 698-1633
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Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle is a chain with hundreds of locations in China and few in the U.S., including in a strip mall in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood. The restaurant’s signature dish, Crossing the Bridge Noodles, are finished in 10 seconds. Thin-sliced meat, a braised chicken wing, veggies and condiments are served separately and combined at the table, and the result is one of the best rice noodle soups in the Seattle area. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

1. Little Ting’s Dumplings

14411 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
A white plate filled with boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Little Ting’s boasts some of the best boiled dumplings in town.
Jay Friedman

The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy, often filled with pork, shrimp, and napa cabbage or pickled napa cabbage. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, which come in many varieties, like pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

14411 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

2. Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish

13200 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish.
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish
Jay Friedman

Amid Seattle’s growing number of hot pot restaurants and their endless choices of broths and add-ins is this chain focused mainly on a single dish. Pickled mustard greens constitute the “sauerkraut” portion, with big bowls of hot-and-sour broth containing chunks of fish topped with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

13200 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

3. Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

600 Pine St Suite355, Seattle, WA 98101
A hand dips a meat in a broth at a hot pot restaurant, with several dishes surrounding the bowl, including plates of raw meat, dumplings, and shrimp.
Hai Di Lao offers hot pot with exceptional service, like table side entertainment from Sichuan opera performers.
Pacific Place [Official Photo]

The wildly popular Chinese hot pot chain known for luxurious tableside attractions — including noodle dancers and face-changing Sichuan opera performers — opened at Pacific Place downtown and Bellevue’s Pacific Center, serving boiling broths, flavorful dipping sauces, and a wide selection of meats. Certain amenities (like massages for waiting diners) are not available, but the restaurant is fully open for indoor dining and takeout.

600 Pine St Suite355
Seattle, WA 98101

4. Chengdu Taste

504 5th Ave S Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles
Amaelinda B Lee

The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, shredded pork, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

504 5th Ave S Ste 106
Seattle, WA 98104

5. A+ Hong Kong Kitchen

419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A plate of X.O. rice rolls at A+ Hong Kong Kitchen.
XO rice rolls
Jay Friedman

This International District restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the subdued notes of Cantonese cuisine, in contrast to the spiciness of Sichuan food. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

6. 天府春秋 Tian Fu

300 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98125
Soft tofu cubes float in a pool of chili oil in a bowl.
Tian Fu’s mapo tofo is particularly spicy and makes the tongue buzz with Sichuan peppercorn.
Tian Fu

Tian Fu’s locations in Northgate and Bellevue are constantly filled with large parties speaking Mandarin and sharing plates of some of the Seattle area’s best Sichuan cuisine. Servers dash around tables serving large portions of regional classics, like boiled fish in chili and peppercorn sauce and toothpick lamb. The mapo tofu coats the tongue with chili oil and makes it buzz with Sichuan peppercorn while the twice-cooked pork belly and string beans offer a jolt of umami from fermented beans and vegetables.

300 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125

7. Dim Sum King

617 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King offers both savory and sweet dishes.
Dim Sum King/Facebook

After a car plowed into the front of the restaurant in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system for takeout (dine-in is unavailable right now).

617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Mike's Noodle House

418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Wonton and sui-kau soup at Mike’s Noodle House.
Wonton and sui-kau soup
Jay Friedman

At this popular International District spot, there’s Chinese comfort food in abundance. For a quick and inexpensive meal, bowls of wontons, dumplings, and noodles (the specialty is toothpick-thin egg noodles) are satisfying; diners can also start their day with a warm bowl of congee with various toppings and a youtiao (savory Chinese cruller). Open for indoor dining and takeout.

418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Tai Tung Restaurant

655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

One of Chinatowns best-known restaurants, Tai Tung has been in the neighborhood for 85 years and is as solid as ever. Many Seattle legends have dined at Tai Tung; the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce. And even international celebrities, like the late Anthony Bourdain, have visited the shop. Sit at the L-shaped counter to snack on moo shu pork and fried chicken wings or splurge on abalone and crab dishes (when in season). Open for indoor dining and takeout.

655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

668 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
Roasted duck at Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House.
Roasted duck is one of Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the sight of hanging meats draws people in, and the flavors ensure return visits. The roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a bright ginger-scallion sauce. Open for takeout.

668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Harbor City Restaurant

707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
A container with three dumplings garnished with parsley
Harbor City features great dim sum.
Harbor City [Official Photo]

Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District’s dim sum spots, Harbor City’s popularity continues. Known for its eye-popping portions, the restaurant’s dim sum is also above-average quality. The shrimp and chive and other dumplings are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Xi’an Noodles

5259 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A closeup view of Chinese noodles from Xi’an, topped with green onions.
The U District restaurant makes its noodles from scratch every day.
Xi’an Noodles/Facebook

This no-frills spot on the Ave in the U District has been slinging some of the city’s best Chinese food since it opened in 2016, with bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or whichever hot chili oil offering is available. Open for covered and heated outdoor dining and takeout.

5259 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

13. Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
The exterior of Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant, located in a South Seattle strip mall packed with cars in parking spots
Foo Lam is one of South Seattle’s dim sum destinations.
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This unassuming strip mall restaurant is one of the best dim sum spots in South Seattle. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp dumplings are a must-try, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are divine. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

14. Mama’s Dough

18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156, Kent, WA 98032
A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
Mama Dough in Kent has some of the area’s best soup dumplings.
Mama Dough/Facebook

Mama’s Dough is a must-try for soup dumpling lovers who want to try spots beyond large chains like Din Tai Fung. It’s located in Kent’s Great Wall Shopping Mall, a mecca for Chinese food that includes about a dozen restaurants and an outpost of Chinese supermarket 99 Ranch Market. The frozen varieties can be ordered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156
Kent, WA 98032

15. Frying Fish

1915 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
A dish at Frying Fish in Bellevue.
Frying Fish specializes in Sichuan cuisine.
Jay Friedman

Pre-pandemic, this Sichuan restaurant would be constantly packed with people eating chili-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are also standouts. Open for indoor dining and takeout. 

1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005

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16. 151 Days

2720 152nd Ave NE #150, Redmond, WA 98052
Noodles, hard boiled egg and shredded chicken float in broth in a bowl.
151 Days chicken noodle soup is made with chickens raised on a farm for 150 days by owner Yongshen Guo.
151 Days

Yongshen Guo raises his own Bresse breed chickens for at least 150 days (longer than average, for more flavor) at his farm in Arlington to serve in dishes at his restaurant, which he opened in 2021 under a new apartment complex in Redmond. Guo grew up in Inner Mongolia, and that region’s cuisine influences the menu with dishes not normally found at other Chinese restaurants. Try the Arlington Bresse Noodle soup to experience the flavor of 150-day-old chicken first-hand, or the steak tagine pot, a satisfying rice stew made with short ribs, potatoes and chicken broth. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

2720 152nd Ave NE #150
Redmond, WA 98052

17. Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle

1299 156th Ave NE Ste 135, Bellevue, WA 98007

Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle is a chain with hundreds of locations in China and few in the U.S., including in a strip mall in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood. The restaurant’s signature dish, Crossing the Bridge Noodles, are finished in 10 seconds. Thin-sliced meat, a braised chicken wing, veggies and condiments are served separately and combined at the table, and the result is one of the best rice noodle soups in the Seattle area. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

1299 156th Ave NE Ste 135
Bellevue, WA 98007

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