CAMBODIA
Battambang’s Favorite Noodles
Phnom Penh Noodle House Seattle’s original Cambodian restaurant features this dish of soft pleasures, tangled with skinny rice noodles, peanuts, ground shrimp, fresh sprouts, boiled egg, and cilantro, along with frisky pickled cucumbers. Like pad Thai, only more interesting. phnompenhnoodles.com

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ITALY
Pasta
Il Corvo Along the Pike Street Hillclimb is this pasta pop-up inside a gelateria—a fitting stage set for nine-buck, cash-only, open-till-the-food-runs-out lunches. The chef crafts three daily noodle-and-sauce combos using whatever’s freshest at Pike Place Market, like tagliatelli with house-cured pancetta and Tuscan kale. ilcorvopasta.com

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JAPAN
Tonkotsu Ramen
Samurai Noodle Three local outposts serve up porky, chewy lessons in Japan’s myriad regional ramen styles, choosing to educate via $8 bowls of deeply flavored broth and firm noodles cranked out on an in-house noodle machine. samurainoodle.com

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MALAYSIA
Mee Goreng
Satay Craveable Malaysian street grub awaits in this sophisticated Wallingford spot—notably a killer mee goreng: thin egg noodles sauteed with tofu and bitter sprigs of yu-choy in a black bean sauce pulsing with umami. satayseattle.com

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SICHUAN PROVINCE
Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles
Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan Restaurant The main event in this second-floor stalwart in the heart of the International District: noodles in a pepper-laced peanut sauce, thick with pork, cabbage, and green onions. Noodles are hand-shaved, sliced unevenly off a ball of dough for delectable chewiness and substance. 206-568-6446

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VIETNAM
Pho
Pho Bac This soup is perhaps Seattle’s cheapest fine noodle dish—and the best comes from the red boat landlocked at the intersection of Jackson and Rainier. Each rice noodle carries the broth’s meaty richness, along with tender meat and blasts of onion, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalapeno. 
206-621-0532