Savory, slurpable soups we love from the International District and beyond.
Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup
@ Szechuan Noodle Bowl
This incredibly spicy broth is tinted a deep reddish-brown, its chile heat sure to clear your sinuses. And with beef that’s braised to an impossibly tender finish, ropey house-made noodles and firm bok choy for a hit of vitamin C, this is a soup we return to again and again. ($6.50)
Wonton and Sui Kau Soup
@ Mike’s Noodle House
When nothing but a hot broth and tender wonton soup will cure what ails us, we stop in to huddle over a bowl of this deeply satisfying soup. The wontons (filled with shrimp and pork) here are tender and thin-skinned: just right. So, too, the sui kau (larger dumplings with mushroom and bamboo), filled with shrimp and pork. A little chili sauce, a little touch of vinegar: perfection. ($7.05)
@ Ba Bar
At Ba Bar, it’s all about the beef broth, heady with star anise, basil, cilantro and slivered onions, but deep and layered, too. The braised oxtail meat is unctuous, the rice noodles slippery but just a touch firm. Extra care is taken at every step at this Capitol Hill restaurant, and the taste (and price) reflects it. ($11)
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