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Seven Star Pepper

Seven Stars Pepper Szechwan Restaurant on 12th and Jackson is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. We used to go here a lot, when we were all working in Beacon Hill at PacMed and it was just a short 5-minute walk away. The big family-style lunches, where everybody helped themselves to the many different dishes by turning the “Lazy Susan” are a very fond memory and even ten years later we do our reunion lunches there.

Wikipedia tells us that Szechwan cuisine, also Sichuan, or Szechuan is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China. It has bold flavours, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavor of the Sichuan pepper.

And yes, a lot of the food here can be quite spicy. I’m just going to list a few of our favorite dishes:
Green Onion Pan Cakes are an excellent appetizer, Twice Cooked Pork Szechuan Style, Fish in White Sauce, Eggplant in Hot Garlic Sauce, Cumin Lamb, Honey Walnut Chicken, …. and many more. Go explore the menu! :)

Ten Leaves Bistro – Great Vietnamese food

Went to visit Ten Leaves (at 12th & Jackson in the ID) with my son on a Saturday for lunch. The other guests were about 10 older Vietnamese couples – I take that as a good sign :)

I had the Bánh xèo (vietnamese Crêpe), which was not on the menu, but was on the specials board. It was delicious and exactly, what I was craving. Now the kicker: It happens to be gluten, dairy, and egg free. It’s made with rice flour and water (sometimes coconut milk as well) and is filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. Of course, you get a big plate of greens to fill it with, so it makes quite a balanced meal!

My son always orders the chicken vermicelli, but this time I got him the tray with rice paper. So much fun! You dip the rice paper into hot water and fill it with the chicken, vermicelli, greens, mint, basil, sprouts, and add a little of that awesome fish sauce. We love hands-on meals, especially if they taste this good :)

(Also posted this on Yelp)