Green Village in Seattle's Chinatown International District serves Chinese cuisine at affordable prices.

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Many of us look for consistency when it comes to dining out, and there’s one restaurant in Seattle’s Chinatown International District that has stood the long test of time.

While there are plenty of Chinese takeout places all over the greater Puget Sound area, the Green Village restaurant is a place where the food has remained virtually unchanged since our first visit back in the mid-1980s.

Owner Wendy Lu has been running Green Village since 1979 and treats everyone like family.

She warmly greets people who enter the door and has a knack for remembering a customer’s name and what was ordered on previous visits.

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Her husband, Denny, skillfully works the sizzling, flaming wok in the kitchen and is one of the main reasons the dishes are delightfully good time after time.

The food comes out piping hot, and the flavors are fragrant, with one of our favorite dishes being the house special fried rice, which contains shrimp, pork, eggs, onions and scallions.

The menu: A variety of chow mein dishes, yellow curry with heaping piles of seafood, chicken, vegetables or beef over rice, a wide selection of soup noodles, and an assortment of beef, pork and vegetable with rice plates. Vegetarians will also like the choices. Dishes are priced moderately from $6.95 to $8.50.

What to write home about: Fried rice and rice-noodle dishes, and green pepper beef and rice, are standouts. Twice-cooked pork is a must-have. Our favorites in the noodle-soups category are the juicy beef or tendon; Korean; Sichuan spicy; and Chinese cabbage and pork. The wonton in a special hot yet sweet sauce is a very tasty side dish. You can request for any of the dishes to be spicy, and the soups can be made with rice or egg noodles.

The setting: Walls are adorned with Asian-themed framed pictures, and there are 13 tables and about 40 chairs. Friendly service, but it does get busy when the lunchtime crowd arrives.

Summing up: On a recent trip we had the house special fried rice ($7.25); sautéed shredded pork ($7.50); and Chinese cabbage pork noodle soup ($7.25) that totaled $24.20 including tax. On another visit we tried the juicy beef noodle soup ($7.25), chicken curry over rice ($7.25) and wonton in a special hot sauce ($4.95) for a total of .$21.40 including tax.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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