Kau Kau BBQ

Asian | Bar-b-q | Chinese | Vegetarian
Memorable
One of the best
Michael Stern | September 30, 2017
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“Kau Kau means best BBQ pork in Seattle” says the business card of this landmark restaurant. While we’re no experts in either Chinese BBQ pork or the cuisine of of Seattle’s Chinatown, we’re not going to argue the proposition. Unlike the icky-sticky BBQ more typical of mediocre Chinese-American restaurants, Kau Kau’s pork has only a subtle glaze with just enough sweetness to halo the smoky, pure-pig flavor of the meat.

An alternative way to savor the house specialty is what’s billed as roasted pig. Continue reading

“Kau Kau means best BBQ pork in Seattle” says the business card of this landmark restaurant. While we’re no experts in either Chinese BBQ pork or the cuisine of of Seattle’s Chinatown, we’re not going to argue the proposition. Unlike the icky-sticky BBQ more typical of mediocre Chinese-American restaurants, Kau Kau’s pork has only a subtle glaze with just enough sweetness to halo the smoky, pure-pig flavor of the meat.

An alternative way to savor the house specialty is what’s billed as roasted pig. In this dish, crunchy seasoned skin is the lead singer, the pork it encloses offering gentle harmony. If supersucculent BBQ skin is your pleasure, consider roast duck, its booming dark meat encased in crisp skin that melts into pure flavor as soon as it’s bitten.

Kau Kau’s menu is huge, offering all the familiar Chinese specialties, including lo mein (expertly made and tasty, if comparatively boring), hot pots, pot stickers, fried rice, steamed rice, and fried prawns in every imaginable configuration. It’s for the BBQ we’ll return.

Dishes to try
Kau Kau BBQ, BBQ Pork
BBQ Pork
Must-Try
Kau Kau's signature pork is slightly sweet and supremely succulent.
Kau Kau BBQ, Roasted Pig
Roasted Pig
Must-Try
Roasted pig is sinfully lush, each fatty piece edged with crisp, flavorful skin.
Kau Kau BBQ, Roast Duck
Roast Duck
Must-Try
Darkest of dark meat duck sports skin that makes bacon seem lean and ascetic.
Kau Kau BBQ, Lo Mein
Lo Mein
The signature Chinese-American dish lo mein has a fine, from-scratch character, its noodles just-right al dente.
Kau Kau BBQ, Honey Walnut Prawns
Honey Walnut Prawns
Honey walnut prawns are encased in a crunchy batter shell and blanketed in sweet gravy reminiscent of mayonnaise.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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