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My First Favorite: 5 Star Pho

This is usually my very first stop when I get to Seattle. I CRAVE the 5 Star Pho salad rolls. They know me; they know I often stop on the way to my parent’s house to pick up an order, they have seen me fuzzy and smelly from my long travels. I bring my sisters and they put up with our laughter and chatter, I take my Mom here for noodle soup and green tea.

The owner and his wife always make us so welcome. It is a simple place, but they do steady business in the neighborhood – and it is also a favorite stop for the local cops.

Like Kuwait, increasing food costs have forced prices up everywhere:

When my aunt died, I got her little cat that always sat up above her kitchen sink in Santa Barbara. I was told that a cat with right paw raised welcomes guests, and a cat with left paw raised welcomes prosperity. I was told that these are Chinese cats, but my Chinese friends think they are Japanese. I don’t know where they originated, but you often see them in Chinese restaurants, too.

And finally – what I have been craving, what I have been waiting for! The 5 Star Pho Shrimp Salad Rolls (yes, there is one missing):

May 18, 2008 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Living Conditions, Seattle |


  1. I dont think I tried Vietnamese food ever!
    Do you like Thai food? and have you tried Thai Chi? Its closed now -out of business- and Chilis is opening in its place 😦

    That means that Beda’a strip area will turn into a jungle soon 😦 I like that strip!

    Comment by Ansam | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. I DO like Thai food, and I have found several good places in Kuwait – my favorite is near the British Embassy, in the bottom of a building next to a hotel. That all sounds vague, but that’s the best I can describe it. I never did get to Thai Chi. 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  3. I know the one you’re talking about… its called Oriental something, right?

    I am going out for sushi tonight -my birthday ;-)-

    Comment by Ansam | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. Ansam, I think you are right, but I can’t remember the name, I just know how to get there!

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 19, 2008 | Reply

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