Currently in its soft opening, this Chinese noodle shop in Bellevue is another feather in the Eastside’s substantial Asian restaurant cap. Unlike other Szechuan cuisine-based restaurants that specialize in hot pot or platters covered in dried red chilies, Nine Way serves dishes more akin to Szechuan street food, though that is not to say there isn’t a good dose of spiciness.
Noodles come in two categories: Dry (dan dan) Noodles and Noodle Soups. The restaurant’s signature dish — the eponymous Nine Way Noodles — is in the former category. The term dan dan refers to the pole used by street vendors to carry the noodles in buckets slung over the shoulder. The dish starts with minced pork and beef, with spicy “gravy” at the bottom of the bowl topped by the noodles — toss together and get slurping. Attentive staff keeps the water glasses topped up for the spicy lightweights.
Nine Way Noodles is located at 14808 N.E. 24th St. Suite A, Redmond; open Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5-9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.