The True Spice Route: To Thailand Via Issaquah Via Noodle Boat
What happens when a food writer joins friends for dinner with no intention of a write-up or review? Well, apparently, it still turns into a photo shoot and report.
How can I resist sharing images from a tantalizing Thai meal at Noodle Boat in Issaquah? I’ve consistently ranked Noodle Boat at the top of its class for a number of reasons:
- Menu: There’s great variety, far from the same old dishes you’ll find on just about every other Thai menu in the area.
- Quality of ingredients: In addition to going all the way to Thailand each year to research new dishes, family members make chili paste there to serve back in Seattle.
- Heat: Speaking of chili, Noodle Boat is one of the rare restaurants to really bring the heat. You can actually order on a scale up to 25.
- Enthusiasm: The workers take pride in their food, and have fun promoting it. Even the names of the dishes are fun. Queen of Banana, meet King of Garlic and Hot Meat.
Dishes we didn’t order this time include the punctuation-marked “Whatever You Called?” and “Kow Ob! Gai Tod.” To see the nine fiery dishes we did get, check the slideshow above.
Note: Seems like we almost lost Noodle Boat. Toon, who’s forever worked the front of the house, told us that her mom recently decided to go back to Thailand, which would mean an end to the restaurant as we know it. But at the last minute, her aunt and uncle agreed to come to Issaquah to cook and continue the business. Mom’s monitoring cooking quality–for now.