Henry's Taiwan in Bellevue: It's like tasting food from the street stalls of Taipei
Henry's Taiwan recently opened a second location in Bellevue's Pal-Do World grocery store at the Lake City Shopping Center. The restaurant focuses on Taiwanese specialties and many items are lifted straight from the street stalls of Taipei.
Seattle Times staff reporter
549 156th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, 425-213-5392
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Etc: Major credit cards; parking in lot; no obstacles to access; no alcohol.
With Henry's Taiwan now nestled in Bellevue's Pal-Do World grocery store, a trip to pick up kimchi won't be complete without stopping in for sticky rice rolls, dumplings or possibly a Taiwanese Lunch Box.
In other words, perfection.
Henry's Taiwan already has a location in the Chinatown International District but recently opened this outpost at the Lake Hills Shopping Center. The fluorescent-lit entry to the grocery store can be a shock, but once inside Henry's, you most likely will be greeted with a wave and a warm smile.
The menu: Henry's focuses on Taiwanese dishes that include fatty ground pork over rice ($4) and the Taiwanese Lunch Box ($4.95), a mix of rice, pork chop and greens. Many specialties are lifted straight from the street stalls of Taipei.
It's easy to get carried away and over-order at Henry's, but with its authentic flavors, you won't regret a single dish.
What to write home about: Stinky tofu, Taiwan's most famously smelly dish, can be had here, but I prefer other, far more delectable Taiwanese standards. Henry's Sticky Rice Roll ($2.95) is one of the best I've had outside Taipei. A crisp Chinese doughnut, dried pork, mustard greens and a hard-boiled egg are rolled in red rice like a sushi roll.
The shrimp, pork and chive dumplings ($6.95) also are excellent, with handmade dough that was the perfect thickness.
I would return just to eat the Savory Hot Tendon ($4.95), a cold dish of thinly sliced tendon that was a lovely combination of chewy, tart, spicy and sweet.
What to skip: I would never say never to any of the five dishes I tried at Henry's, but the beef noodle soup with hand-shaven noodles was a fairly average version. The soup boasted thick, chewy noodles, but the broth lacked the full-flavored depth of the most delectable examples of this classic.
The setting: The interior is a ho-hum mix of red and yellow with odd touches like a poster of the band the Ruby Suns. But the service is speedy and helpful.
Summing up: A very generous lunch of five dishes including starters and noodles came out to $35 with tip. Even if you're not up for stinky tofu, Henry's is a great place to experiment with Taiwanese specialties and treat yourself to some adventurous, addicting fare.
Nicole Tsong: 206-464-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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