We went to Rainier BBQ with a big group of friends – perfect to try the many dishes they had to offer!
Tucked deep in Rainier valley, it was easy to get to especially with the new light rail system serving the neighborhood.
We were confused when we first arrived.
Rainier BBQ’s deli was next door to the restaurant at ground level.
We walked in and thought it was too small to be the restaurant.
Little did we know that the entrance to the restaurant was next door to the deli, down the stairway into the basement.
We ordered a bunch and the first dish was most certainly a bang!
Ong choy salad.
I never knew that ong choy, the Chinese hollow vegetables, can be eaten raw.
The vegetables were shredded thinly, probably to reduce the fibrousness of the stalk.
The resulting vegetables were crunchy and fresh.
Topped with well marinated and tender beef with onions and herbs, and the added flavor of peanuts, it was a fantastic mix of sweet, salty and sour on the tongue.
They added some fried bits in it to give extra crunch.
It was an excellent and unique dish.
No wonder they called the dish their “famous ong choy salad” on the menu.
While ooing and ahhing on the salad, my drink arrived.
I had to try the soda with egg yolk and condensed milk.
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