The Asian Palette

Taste of Sichuan

My parents have this habit of making the family go to the SAME Chinese restaurant repeatedly for six years and then switching to another favorite. Alas. But they seem to appreciate Taste of Sichuan the best because of the reasonable location, prices, and teeming popularity.  It’s one of those places where you’d run into about five other Asian acquaintances or friends and then chat it up for a while…which can be hilariously awkward sometimes.

Still, I’m quite fond of this restaurant. I declare that their lunch specials are generous and the seafood tofu dish is marvelous. The grub’s pretty authentic and emphasizes the Sichuan style of cuisine. (And is it “Szechuan”, “Sichuan”, or “Szecheun”? I’ve never figured it out, even being Chinese and all.)


Address: 16261 NW Cornell Rd. Beaverton, OR 97006

Kenny’s Noodle House

Located in a humble little corner on Powell Blvd., I love to come to Kenny’s for wonton (pronounced “wuntun”) noodle soup. All the noodle soups and congee (a rice porridge) come in either regular or large-sized bowls. A relative of the potsticker, wontons have extremely thin, delicate dough covering a meatball of minced pork and chunks of shrimp. They are absolutely scrummy in hot shrimp broth and accompanied by thin egg noodles. Come wintertime, wonton noodle soup hits the spot as it warms you up all the way down to your toes–it’s a cheap, delicious eat.

Address: 8305 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97266

Wong’s King Restaurant

Gourmet grub over here. Everyone’s gotta get their dim sum here too. Their Chinese BBQ pork, fried crispy pork, and duck are scrummy as well.

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Best Baguette

A mix of French and Vietnamese cuisine, Best Baguette features delicious sandwiches that often include carrots, chopped Asian pickled radish, and grilled chicken. The prices are affordable and the atmosphere has a casual, cafe-like vibe.


Ocean City Restaurant

Hands down the best dim sum in Portland. My goodness. My family would go and buy groceries on weekends and then treat ourselves to some deliciousness.


Powell’s Seafood Restaurant

My family calls it the “Chinese McDonald’s,” the food comes out ridiculously fast. And it’s still yummy with good quality.

Address: 6633 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97206

Golden Horse Seafood Restaurant

I feel like almost every Chinese restaurant includes “seafood” in its title. Ah well. I love the chicken fried rice here. And there’s this dish that my siblings and I call “red chicken”, since it’s this fried chicken plate with a sweet, ketchup-infused sauce. Fascinating flavor. This restaurant is situated in the Old Town area, near the official “Chinatown.”

Address: 238 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, United States

Nak Won

This is a Korean restaurant in Beaverton, and I always have a wonderful experience here. It’s often crowded and features big portions!

Address:  4600 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005, United States

Gangnam Korean BBQ

JUST opened–sleek, new, with a faint whiff of Korean bbq smoke. Everything looks so clean. Plus the food is pretty good–soups have spice but include rich meat flavors, and side dishes are refreshing.


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