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Canton Wonton House: A User’s Guide

Hong Kong–Style Noodles | Beef and Fish Soups | Vegetarian Options | Chinese Rice Porridge

Sample Menu

  • Noodle soup: beef and fish ball
  • Congee: shredded pork
  • Side: kidney and liver with veggies.

The Vibe: Canton Wonton House emanates a casual, no-frills vibe with simple tabletops and a few pieces of Chinese artwork on the walls. A long window looks in on the kitchen, so customers can see the chefs at work.


  • The Stranger calls Canton Wonton House’s soups soups "perfect for a rainy day."
  • Seattle News Weekly reccomends coming here after a night of drinking: “Apparently Hong Kong-style soup was invented for curing hangovers.”

Vocab Lesson
Congee: a thick rice porridge prepared with meat, fish, veggies, and other add-ins.
Bok choy: this vegetable looks like a thick stalk of celery with a white stem and large, green leaves; it's also known as chinese white cabbage.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through the not-too-distant past at Pink Gorilla (601 S King Street), which specializes in old video games.

After: Get all the essentials for a home-brewed cup of post-meal tea at New Century Tea Gallery (416 Maynard Avenue S).

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: King Noodle (615 S King Street), where you can build your own Chinese soup.

608 S Weller St

Five Things to Know About Tai Tung Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food has become almost synonymous with those little white takeout containers, but here’s a bit of advice: opt for dine-in service at Tai Tung Chinese Restaurant. Pulling a stool up to the counter here grants diners the opportunity to chat with the chef, servers, and regulars, some of whom have decades worth of stories to tell. Here are a few facts to jumpstart the conversation:

  • It opened in 1935. That makes it the oldest Chinese restaurant in the International District.

  • Those decades have been spent mastering Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. Some of the chef’s specialties include kung pao shrimp, Singapore–style vermicelli, and beef with chinese broccoli.

  • They also serve wine, beer, and liquor.

  • One of the servers has been there since the early 1960s. Jimmy Chan walked in for a job when he was a 19-year-old immigrant from Hong Kong. He’s been serving the restaurant’s dishes ever since, and his story was even profiled in The International Examiner.

  • Some customers have stood out over the years. Jimmy and other regulars might tell you about some of the famous faces who’ve stopped by, including Bruce Lee.

655 South King Street

The broad, straightforward name of Lee's Asian Restaurant heralds a menu that visits just about every corner of its namesake continent. Prawns are cooked in an Indonesian-style marinade, eggrolls and sea scallops get Vietnamese treatment, udon noodles hail from Japan, and other meat and veggie entrees are dosed with the fire of classic Thai or Szechuan cuisine. The wide reach seems to be astoundingly successful. Among other satiated reviewers, the Seattle Times praised the "sophisticated and worldly" menu, whose text can be unscrambled into a helpful travel guide; they just about promise that Lee's will leave guests "smiling and munching all the way to the bottom of the enormous platters." Beyond the unassuming awning, red paper lanterns and teacup lights cast a honeyed glow on a large wood bar backed by wine racks. Warm sake offers an appropriately Asian alternative.

4510 California Ave SW

In Focus: Chungee's Drink and Eat

  • Established: 2010
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Specialties: homestyle Cantonese food and Americanized Chinese dishes
  • Recommendation from The Stranger: The general tso’s chicken is “better-than-average,” with large chunks of chicken and a good balance of sweetness and spice in the sauce.
  • Atmosphere: intimate and romantic with a full-service bar and a red color palette
  • Friendly advice: Be careful to avoid over-ordering. According to the Seattle Met, an order of wonton soup, an entree, and a side of scallion pancakes is enough for two people, “with leftovers more than likely.”

1830 12th Avenue

In Focus: Moon Temple Restaurant

  • What Moon Temple is: a Chinese restaurant with a dive bar attached
  • Speciality: huge plates of fried rice and super-stiff drinks
  • How stiff are those drinks?: According to the Stranger, the cocktails “could easily garner Molotov status with the insertion of a wick.”
  • Popular dish: honey walnut prawns prepared Hong Kong-style on a bed of steamed broccoli
  • Number of vegetarian entrees on the menu: 8
  • Vibe: dark and loud with rock on the jukebox and intermittent crowds
  • Decor: chocolate-brown 1970s-style furniture, hand-painted murals, flat-screen TVs
  • While you’re in the neighborhood: catch a movie—the Landmark Guild 45th is right across the street

2108 N 45th St

Korean and Chinese dishes mingle on Red Lantern’s eclectic menu. Under the glow of those namesake red lanterns, guests can order Chinese classics such as General Tso’s chicken and sichuan peppercorn shrimp, or try something new with traditional––and not often seen––Korean dishes such as kkanpunggi (fried chicken with red chilies), or fermented black miso noodles, otherwise known as ja-jang. When it comes to dessert, though, chefs often combine eastern flavors with contemporary western techniques, creating sweets like a crème brulee flavored with black tea, or a vanilla sponge cake delivered by a runaway stagecoach.

520 S Jackson St

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