Order This Now: Royal Thai Bistro’s Beef Noodle Soup

I recently went to Royal Thai Bistro for the first time, at the recommendation of some of my Twitter buddies. Feeling a little peaky, I really was in the mood for pho, but didn’t want to drive all the way to my favorite pho spots (Pho V&V or Pho King).

Browsing their menu online, I saw they had beef noodle soup. Consider me intrigued. I’d never seen beef noodle soup on a Thai restaurant’s menu before.

I ordered it take-out, brought it home and was pleasantly surprised. First of all, it’s a huge portion if you order it take-out. I’ve since been back to the restaurant and ordered it eating in, and it was probably half the size. When you order it take-out, you get a full soup container of broth and herbs, and a full container of noodles. Let’s just say I ate it out of a mixing bowl, and it was a good four servings.

The soup has a deep, rich beef broth — more unctuous and flavorful than any pho I’ve ever had. I keep comparing the soup to pho, but it really isn’t the same thing. The noodles in Royal Thai Bistro’s soup are more akin to the rice noodles in pad Thai. When you order, they ask you the level of spice you’d like (as opposed to pho, where you add your own). The broth is laden with cilantro, crushed peanuts, some bean sprouts and lots of quality beef. I’m not entirely sure the exact cut of beef they use, but it’s a higher quality than you’d normally get in pho. It’s more of a tender steak.

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New Sausages at The Red Hot

The Red Hot is one of my very favorite places in Tacoma. The food is consistently good, the beers local and cold, and the atmosphere easy and comfortable.

I’m normally a creature of habit when ordering at The Red Hot, but this time I was told there’s two new sausages on the menu, and I had to give them a try. Sure, they have their Test Kitchen Thursdays each week, with new and creative combinations, but the two new sausages are on the menu for a couple months. They’ll be rotated out eventually, so get ’em while you can.

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June Food Events

  • Pouring Picasso
    Multiple dates in June, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Paint while you drink Washington wines. One glass of wine is provided, as well as all the supplies and instruction for your art piece. Held at the Art House Cafe. Tickets are $40. Purchase tickets here.
  • Bayview School of Cooking Classes
    June 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Barb’s BBQ Soul Cuisine. Learn how to make beef brisket, baby back ribs and more. $45 per person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 6, 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. Learn to cook with onions in all kinds of ways. Free. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres for Outdoor Entertaining. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 22, 6-8:30 p.m. No-Li Brewery Dinner. Five beers paired with food courses. $65/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Gluten Free Italian. Learn to make gluten free Italian favorites. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Grilling with Barry “CB” Martin. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
  • Tea Experience
    June 1, 10 a.m. Teas of Samoa. Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Call 253-383-3900 for reservations.
    June 6, 10 a.m. Indian Chai teas. Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Call 253-383-3900 for reservations.
  • DeLille Cellars Wine Dinner
    June 12, 7 p.m. Doyenne wines by DeLille Cellars paired with five courses at Pacific Grill. Tickets are $75 (includes tax) and are limited. Call 253-627-3535 to reserve.
  • Morso Wine Dinner
    June 20, 6:30 p.m. Wines from Produttori del Barbaresco paired with Piedmontese dishes at Morso Wine Bar. Tickets are $100/person, excluding gratuity and tax. Call 253-530-3463 for tickets.
  • Meeker Days
    June 21-23. Friday noon-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Puyallup in Pioneer Park. Lots of food vendors, entertainment and more. Free.
  • Brew Five Three
    June 22, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. There will be more than 35 Washington State brewers, as well as local food trucks and live music. On Broadway between 9th and 11th. Tickets $5 (designated driver), $25 advance and $30 regular. Includes 8 tasting tokens and collectible tasting glass. Buy tickets here.
  • Wine & Roses: Support the Greater Metro Parks Foundation
    June 22, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. An elegant evening in the rose gardens at Point Defiance Park. Live music, wines and beer, appetizers and an auction to support Great Metro Parks Foundation. Tickets are $100/general, $125/VIP, and can be purchased here.
  • Cheers to Cheese and Beer
    June 26, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at My Cheese Shoppe in Puyallup. My Cheese Shoppe and Puyallup River Alehouse will educate you on beer and cheese and how to pair them. Enjoy pours of Puyallup River Brewing’s beers paired with specialty cheeses. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
  • Taste of Tacoma
    June 28-30, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tons of food vendors, as well as The Taste Cooks!, with cooking demonstrations by local chefs and culinary experts, as well as a Taste Cook Off! with local chefs competing with three mystery ingredients. All events are free.
  • Chef Dinner
    June 30, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Chef dinner at Adriatic Grill. $65 per person, tax and gratuity included. Call 253-475-6000 for reservations.