Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine

Asian | Thai | Vegetarian
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Worth driving from anywhere!
Michael Stern | October 03, 2017
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A strip-mall storefront adjoining a UPS store just off Interstate 90, Noodle Boat is a dazzling outpost of Thai fare. The setting includes a golden spirit house outside and interior decor replete with evocative Siamese memorabilia; the menu is a full roster of complex taste-buds thrills that include classic Pad Thai and curries as well as such intriguingly named items as King of Garlic and Volcano Gem Hen.

Noodles are a must, both the spicy-sweet thin variety of Pad Thai and the thick, soy-saltier ones that are the basis of Pad See-Ew, the latter including broccoli florets and egg. Continue reading

A strip-mall storefront adjoining a UPS store just off Interstate 90, Noodle Boat is a dazzling outpost of Thai fare. The setting includes a golden spirit house outside and interior decor replete with evocative Siamese memorabilia; the menu is a full roster of complex taste-buds thrills that include classic Pad Thai and curries as well as such intriguingly named items as King of Garlic and Volcano Gem Hen.

Noodles are a must, both the spicy-sweet thin variety of Pad Thai and the thick, soy-saltier ones that are the basis of Pad See-Ew, the latter including broccoli florets and egg. Other must-eats include Tom Kha soup, a teeter-totter hot and sour coconut milk concoction humming with cilantro. And oh, wow: sunny fried trout! This is a crisp-fried fillet of rainbow trout topped with an enthusiastic slaw of mango, carrot, cabbage, ginger, peanuts, carrots, lime juice, and cilantro. It is breathtaking.

The multi-page menu features a photo of each dish, from from Thai-style fresh spring rolls (steamed, not fried) to a dish called Queen of Banana. When I visited with a party of six, we over-ordered and only scratched the surface of what this kitchen does. Nothing on the table was less than delicious. I look forward to return trips to Issaquah and this gem of a restaurant.

Dishes to try
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Tom Kha Soup
Tom Kha Soup
Must-Try
Tom kha soup, loaded with mushrooms, is brilliantly sour.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Sunny Fried Trout
Sunny Fried Trout
Must-Try
Crisp-fried trout it sopped with a sweet salad of ginger, mango, peanuts, cilantro, and lime juice.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Yellow Curry
Yellow Curry
Must-Try
Soft potatoes temper the fusillade of spice in yellow curry.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Panang Curry
Panang Curry
Must-Try
Panang curry (here made with beef) is a swirl of coconut milk, peppers, and basil.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Pad See Ew
Pad See Ew
Must-Try
Chewy wide noodles and broccoli florets are the foundation of Pad See-Ew
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Brown Rice
Brown Rice
Must-Try
Not your ordinary brown rice, this bowl is radiant with spice.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Pad Thai
Pad Thai
Must-Try
Pad thai: soy/sweet stir-fried rice and thin noodles with bean sprouts and green onions. Here, with shrimp.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Fresh Spring Rolls
Fresh Spring Rolls
Tender Thai spring rolls, stuffed with egg, tofu, and veggies, are steamed soft and topped with tamarind sauce.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Thai Tea
Thai Tea
Thai ice tea is delivered in a colorful vessel.
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine, Crab Wontons
Crab Wontons
Wontons stuffed with crab and cream cheese, crisp-fried.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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