I love the interactivity of Vietnamese soups, as most come with a side plate of herbs, vegetables, and lime wedges. It's a must to taste the broth as presented, and then figure out how to spice it up, both with herbs and perhaps jalapeños for heat. A squirt of lime can quickly brighten up the broth. Best of all, bowls of Vietnamese soup offer a great diversity of noodles and other ingredients. Noodles can be made of rice, wheat, tapioca, and more. Meanwhile, your bowl may be filled with surprises like banana blossoms, ham hocks, quail eggs, pork blood cubes, and fish cakes—all offering fascinating flavors and textures.
'Huong Binh' on Serious Eats
I love Asian dumplings of all types, but after having more than my fair share of the fried type, I'm looking to go less oily (and more healthy) in trying some steamed and boiled dumplings in the Seattle area. Here are my 10 favorites.
Weekends are an especially good time to go to Huong Binh, located in a restaurant-filled strip mall in the Little Saigon section of Seattle's International District.