“Going to Henry's is like being invited to a great comforting meal at a good friend's house. That's how Henry runs his place.”

Going to Henry's is like being invited to a great comforting meal at a good friend's house. That's how Henry runs his place. It's small. There's no laminated menu or even matching dishes. It's best if you can read the handwritten posters on the wall. Usually, when I walk in, Henry asks me: "What are you in the mood for today?" He can whip up just about any Taiwanese small eats I crave. I cannot tell you how awesome that is! Even better: he puts a healthy spin on many traditional dishes by using quality ingredients and refining the preparation technique, without compromising taste and authenticity.

Beef noodle soup is a must try. His various handmade buns and dumplings are always crowd pleasers. Steamed sticky rice is savory and satisfying. The oyster fry is topped with a nice and light spicy sauce. I can go on and on.

Listening to Henry interact with his customers is a big part of the wonderful experience. For all the young people who frequent his place, he often listens (and remembers) their life events and offers advice without sounding preachy at all. With older customers and families, he discusses everything from cooking techniques, travel, parenting to current events. He greets all his customers warmly, without missing a beat.

Go to Henry's place. Sit with him, if you happen to catch him reading the paper or eating at the 4 top near the heater. Ask him what he's got cooking today. The flavors of Taiwan will fill your belly and your heart.”

Veronica S.

Seattle, Wa.


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