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Chinese noodle house coming to Tacoma’s Lincoln District

Huy Tat thought he would open Hue Ky Mi Gia, a Chinese-Vietnamese noodle house in the Lincoln neighborhood, last fall. I wondered if the project was a no go, but I contacted Tat this week and he said he’s working through issues with the buildout, but the project is nearing completion. He didn’t provide an opening date.

The Lincoln restaurant will be the southernmost outpost for the noodle shop that Tat opened in 2009 in Seattle’s International District. Two years later, he opened another in the Great Wall Shopping Mall in Kent.

Tat’s restaurant is named after his Chinese-born grandfather, who operated a noodle cart in Vietnam. The menu is broken into four styles of noodles — rice, egg, chow mein and vermicelli. Each can be ordered dry or as a soup. Roasted duck and pork pepper the menu. What I love most on the menu? The chicken wings, crispy jacketed masterpieces dipped in butter and spices. Other than Korean fried chicken and the Hawks wings at Pacific Grill, best wings I’ve eaten.

Check back tomorrow for a feature about the Kent location of Hue Ky Gi Mia in the Great Wall Shopping Mall. I’ll also have short reviews of every restaurant in that mall. Ever been? Put it on your list for regional culinary attractions.