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Image: Paul Kooiman

Food Styling: Tyler Rebman
Prop Stylist: Gabriel Trivelas

WHERE DALLAS HAS its steaks, Memphis its barbecue, and LA its Mexican—Seattle has Asian food. From suburban strip-mall sushi to the Chinatown stretch of I-5 that starts smelling like chow mein every afternoon around 3 o’clock—the many and varied cuisines of Asia have enlightened and defined the Northwest palate more than any other ethnic influence. We’ve tracked down the most dazzling representatives of 14 Asian cuisines, along with our picks for the finest versions of the dishes we crave, ramen bowls to chewy Chinese hand-shaved noodles.—Kathryn Robinson