I've been craving Chinese since I moved from NYC to Portland 1.5 years ago (and not the "East-coast style" Americanized Cantonese discussed on a separate thread, although I have a nostalgic appreciation for it having grown up in Boston). Just got back from a weekend in Seattle with craving FINALLY satisfied by:
1. Henry's Taiwan (ID, right by gates). Reminds me of great Taiwanese food I had in China. Clues when I spotted it on the street: small, modest, pleasant interior, no soy sauce on table. Bonus: very pleasant wait staff let us use their very clean bathroom when my 2y old had an "emergency" outside the previous day. Chef Henry was very knowledgeable and interesting (trained in French cuisine in SF). Everything we ate was amazing:
2. Harbor City for dim sum (ID, S. King). Small, with limited selection compared to NYC or SF, but with better quality than any I've had in a while (including Wong's King, which I had liked in Portland). 1h wait at noon on Sunday, but food was very fresh. I was especially impressed by:
My only regrets are that Seattle is not closer to Portland, and that these two meals were so outstanding that it will be difficult to stray elsewhere on future trips to Seattle!