Lunch Q: Mí La Cay

by Harlan Yee on October 9th, 2009

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Since I moved to Seattle, I’ve been introduced to lots of Vietnamese cuisine by a fellow co-worker who loves to go out to eat every day. One of these places is called Mí La Cay on Rainier Ave, just south of the International District (Chinatown for non-Seattle natives). But before you get there, a word of advice, if you park in their parking lot, park close to the entrance of the lot, otherwise you risk someone double parking and locking you in. I usually park on a nearby street.

The decor is an interesting mix of green formica and black accents. Today, I ordered my usual #15 noodle bowl on the menu which consists of House Noodle Soup, Fried Shrimp Cake, BBQ Pork and Fried Chicken. And I always choose the fettucini style egg noodles. You can opt for the regular thin egg noodles also. Along with it, we got 2 orders of the Chinese donut which is really like a fried bread stick.

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There are different combinations of meat you can get with it and you can have your soup separate or with it in your noodles. I like it separate. These noodles when drizzled with a bit of soy sauce are fantastic and I’m drooling just writing about it. If you order this dish for the first time, you might be surprised at the fried shrimp cake. It is a whole shrimp (with shell and head) fried onto a crispy bready crouton.

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With the warm temperatures in Seattle this week, the waitress sold us on her special strawberry lemonade. It was tasty and just right today. And one more note, the Chinese donuts weren’t the best here so I probably won’t order them here next time.

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