Wonton Wednesday at Tam

tamwontonsoupThis time of year, my SAD is in full force, but since jetting off to Belize wasn’t in the cards, I decided to tear myself away from my favorite winter pastime of staring hopelessly at my rain-spattered office window while weeping softly into my leftover V-day chocolate to have some SAD-fighting edible adventures, like checking out new Tam wonton shop in Sellwood.

Brother/sister duo Ro and Simon Tam opened their eponymous venture a few weeks ago in a courtyard behind sister coffeehouse Either/Or. The dining room is roughly the size of a closet, which I loved, because 1) it’s very cozy, and 2) I am a shameless eavesdropper and could hear every word the table behind me was saying (sadly, what they were saying was boring).

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Tam’s menu is simple, with four noodle soups (GF and vegan options included) that range from $6-$7, a side of Asian greens with vegetarian oyster sauce, and the Eight Bowl, a bowl of eight dumplings sans noodles.

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When my bowl of shrimp and pork belly wonton noodle soup arrived, all the wontons were hiding under a thick bed of egg noodles, boy choy and scallions, which as Roe explained, is a Hong Kong-style protective measure that keeps them from getting soggy and cold. It’s exciting too, like a wonton treasure hunt.

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After coming out of the TAM wonton closet, I paid a visit to Stars antique shop down the way, and found this Redmon picnic basket in mint condition, which further vanquished my SAD, so all in all, I give this edible adventure an A-, only because I wish the eavesdropping had been a little better.

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Tam * 8235 SE 13th Ave. * 503.740.1325 * Wed-Sun 11am-8pm * www.facebook.com/tampdx