Soy House | Dining in Bellingham

Who would have thought that Bellingham had a hidden Pho gem (I most certainly didn't)!
Soy House is ran by Tony and Angie Nguyen, and they grew up in Saigon. Their flavours and Vietnamese delicacies are delicious. This restaurant has very tasty spring rolls as well as their Honey Walnut Prawns - these are lightly battered and served in a cream sauce on top of cabbage, with roasted walnuts and peanuts. They were something else.

The noodles, their Pho, were served al dante, never soggy, and the soup broth was clean and not oily. The Combination Pho was very good, there was plenty of meat involved and a great amount of noodles and soup.  The Kobe beef pho was quite the presentation, with your server pouring the soup over your rare meat. Their vietnamese coffee was also surprisingly on par. 

Overall, Soy House was a great suggestion by friends and I would highly recommend it if you find yourself in the Bellingham, WA area and are craving Vietnamese cuisine.

Food: Honey Walnut Prawns, Kobe Pho Bowl, and Combination Pho Bowl.
Made by: Soy House Restaurant
Location: 400 W Holly St., Bellingham, WA.

Marukame | Dining in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu

If you’re looking for a quick fix of udon, and you’ve found yourself in Waikiki Honolulu, Marukame is THE place to go. An array of udon bowls and tempura to choose from, Marukame serves the best tasting udon in the area. The texture of the noodles is unlike any other (of course if you go to Japan I’m sure you will find even more yummier noodles, but we’re keeping it real in Honolulu).

When you see the crazy long line up outside the door, don’t be alarmed as it actually goes by real quick. The way it works is like a canteen: you line up, pick your meal, pick your tempura, and pick your sides. Finally you’ll reach the cash register and then find a seat to enjoy your udon. The tempura is fantastic – crispy, crunchy and tasty. You can choose from veggies to prawn to an assortment and more. There are so many options for noodles: bukkake (cold), curry, ontama (egg) bukkake, and more. The one you see in the picture is Kamaage udon, where the noodles have come straight out of the boiler and doesn’t go through any cooling process. This makes the noodles have more texture – and it is delicious. It’s served with a bukkake sauce but it’s hot. There is so much flavour from the sauce that it adds to the noodles perfectly. Beware, it is a BIG bowl of noodles – but under $4 if I remember correctly! I can never get enough of udon, so this portion was perfect.

And the best part? The sides. I think this is where I had the best tasting spam musubi.  You can choose from other musubis too but nothing beats their spam musubi. You have to at least try it once in your life – you have no idea what you’re missing. The spam is marinated in I guess their secret marinade… not sure what is in it but I have never tasting any other spam musubi like it.

You can get all this for a seriously good price. Be sure to head to Marukame if you’re in the area!! 

Food: Kaggame Udon, Shrimp Tempura and Spam Musubi
Made by: Marukame
Location: 2310 Kuhio Ave, Suite 124, Honolulu, HI

Short and Savoury



Sansotei Ramen is a new hot spot for ramen fans. Your choice of thick, thin or original Sansotei noodles and with different toppings. Your typical Pork broth with egg, scallions, and menma too! Menma is definitely a must with ramen for me, and I was pleased to finally see that Toronto is getting it right! The pork that comes with your ramen can also be chosen from  lean to fatty. Sansotei offers gyoza as well as takoyaki (octopus balls). Super reasonable for the large bowl of noodles you get and you have to get there early! Otherwise, go at off times (like the hours of 2pm-5pm). You could be waiting from 10mins to 45mins!! It's thumbs up for Sansotei - you guys will for sure be my go-to for a late lunch!