Lunch today at the recently opened kraken congee in pioneer square.
Pork belly pinch buns with kalamansi aioli $8. I would have enjoyed more sharpness to the aioli, and I'm not sure why they were so oily on the bottoms. Maybe they were steamed then put on an oiled sheet before service?
Five spice duck confit congee with cracklings $14. Arrived not very hot temperature-wise but otherwise tasty. Duck was tender enough to fall apart when stirred and the cracklings were a nice touch.
Is it worth twice the price compared to congee in the ID? I'm not sure. The space looks great and all the dishes sound interesting, but even though I love duck confit, the dish as a whole wasn't more delicious than if it had been any other well seasoned meat. It's still just rice porridge. Kind of expensive for lunch, about $30 including an hour of street parking. They have beer on tap and liquor, so maybe a better choice for dinner before a ball game or something.