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by Sharon Maeda
Medical consultants and nutritionists alike emphasize that consuming the suitable meals is crucial to staying wholesome throughout this pandemic: extra fruit and veggies, fewer fried meals. You already know the drill. That is very true for anybody with underlying well being points, and drugs that suppress or compromise our immune techniques, together with bronchial asthma, diabetes, coronary heart circumstances, HIV/AIDS, weight problems and smoking — in addition to folks over 65. What number of seniors do we all know which have at the very least one of many above circumstances?
Meals deserts and poverty, to not point out lack of will energy, typically preserve us from maintaining a healthy diet. So, on this week’s record of neighborhood eating places open for take-out and/or supply, I’m going to emphasise wholesome consuming. Each menu has some wholesome choices which can be nonetheless scrumptious methods to assist neighborhood companies and get out of creating dinner on the finish of one other powerful week.
Amy’s Merkato Restaurant & Deli
5710 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(take-out and supply)
Amy’s was the primary Ethiopian market in Seattle when it opened in 1992 within the Central Space. In 2000, Judy and Filli purchased the institution from Amy and simply over a yr in the past, they moved the enterprise to Hillman Metropolis. They provide Ethiopian meals, spices, and different specialty substances, however their in depth menu consists of Western-style breakfast, sandwiches, and desserts along with Ethiopian favorites. The meat tibs sandwich is the proper melding of a Western sandwich with Ethiopian taste: a big French roll crammed with beef tibs cooked in a spicy sauce.
In addition they make and promote injera (flat crepe-like bread constructed from bitter dough). It’s value paying additional to get the 100% tef injera. Tef has the best proportion of fiber of any grain and is an entire protein and an important supply of calcium and iron. All the Ethiopian meals is wholesome and Amy’s provides loads of vegetarian and vegan choices. Beef, lamb, fish, vegetarian or vegan tibs or wot with sides of greens, lentils and different greens.
Oh, and don’t overlook the Ethiopian espresso, freshly roasted for you each day and stronger than your favourite doppio.
704 S. King Road
The Chan household has run this well-liked Cantonese restaurant for 17 years and earlier than the virus, patrons lined up across the block for weekend dim sum (which accurately means “to the touch your coronary heart”) dumplings and tarts. On this new take-out period, no must share a giant spherical desk with strangers who’ve a screaming kiddo; order meals for take-out. Jade Backyard additionally has an in depth menu of Cantonese objects from salt & pepper squid to roast duck. Their spicy rooster wings are a neighborhood favourite.
Dim sum is consolation meals and travels nicely. To eat more healthy, get the steamed hum bow (pork bun) or different choices, as an alternative of the deep fried ones. And, to vary parts, get two orders of steamed gai lan (Chinese language broccoli) and ask for the oyster sauce on the aspect to restrict sodium. And, for dessert, skip the egg tarts and have some contemporary fruit to finish on a candy be aware — orange wedges and sliced apples are excellent.
9232 Rainier Ave S.
This distinctive Rainier Seaside doughnut store/Asian café/laundry is the stuff of an SNL John Belushi skit. The Chhour household was within the doughnut enterprise in Los Angeles after they first arrived as refugees from Cambodia. They took the chance to make use of their skills in Seattle when the unique house owners determined to promote. Along with the rooster teriyaki and fried rice, Kim Chhour cooks up a scrumptious pad thai, pad see ew (made with large rice noodles), curry fried rice and yakisoba (Japanese-style noodles). Rice noodles are gluten-free and vegetarians can ask for the dishes with out rooster, shrimp, or fish sauce.
There’s no strategy to eat wholesome with doughnuts, but it surely’s onerous to withstand the favorites. In accordance with Kim’s son, Travis, who manages the enterprise, the apple fritters, maple bars or doughnuts crammed with lemon, raspberry or Bavarian cream are among the many favorites. Her different son, Hong, who used to work the counter, now works on the Seattle Opera. Have one doughnut for breakfast or dessert with a banana or different fruit for a particular deal with; my favourite is the apple fritter. With no workplace breakrooms, doughnut gross sales are method down. How about thanking first responders, hospital staff, rubbish collectors or grocery staff (no grocery retailer has this sort of doughnut!) or different important staff with a field of contemporary King Donuts?
Discover information on hyper-local eating places serving meals and providing take-out and/or supply providers in our Thriving in the Pandemic guide under “Resources.”
Sharon Maeda is the Emerald’s interim managing editor. For many years she has had a fantasy of being a meals critic and likes to cook dinner and eat ethnic meals from all over the world.
Featured picture: Amy’s Merkato foul served with French rolls and espresso (Photograph: Carolyn Bick)