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Aug 5, 2012 09:35 PM

Steamed or boiled dumplings (Asian) in the Seattle area?

Hi all...I'm looking for suggestions of favorite steamed or boiled dumplings (of the Asian kind) in Seattle. Eastside and outlying areas also fine. Thanks!

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  1. For dumplings, a couple places come to mind...
    Fu Man Dumpling House (Shoreline/Greenwood) and Szechuan Noodle Bowl (International District).

    I believe Fu Man has a website so you can see if they have what you want.

    Edit... I should mention a couple places on the Eastside (Bellevue)
    Yang's Dumplings and Din Tai Fung.
    Yang's was okay, but I still prefer Fu Man.
    Din Tai Fung is good, but pricy.

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    1. re: dave_c

      Am I getting the wrong thing at Fu Man or something? You all just get the regular boiled dumplings, right? I don't know if there's some secret word I have to utter, but I've been a couple of times now and have not been at all impressed.

      I think Mandarin Chef on the Ave is pretty good for dumplings and there's the newish Ping's dumpling house in Chinatown right by Fu Lin that's got some unique selections.

      I'd also add Din Tai Fung on the Eastside, but that's kind of a whole different world of dumpling from the slippery boiled kind.

      1. re: GreenYoshi

        Re: Fu Man.
        You are correct. I'm thinking of the boiled dumplings. Maybe it's the garlic soy dipping sauce that keeps me going back.

        Re: The Eastside
        You are also correct about the Eastside dumplings being different. I see them more akin to steam sui mai type dumplings with the thin wonton-like skins versus the boiled

        Re: The places you mentioned
        Don't tell anyone, but earlier I used Yelp (gasp!) to look-up dumplings in Seattle. Ping's popped up which means it's now added to my "try" list. I've also added Mandarin Chef to that list too. :-)

        Maybe I'm a pushover when it comes to dumplings whether they be Chinese boiled dumplings, Perogies, Raviolis.. etc. I'll eat a plateful anytime. It's just dang comforting. lol

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          Personally, I didn't love Manadarin chef, but I do love Ping's. I also like Fu Man, but their 'chinese hamburger' is the best thing. And the garlic dipping sauce. Sins are forgiven with sauce like that...

      2. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. (I hit Ping's yesterday.) Please keep them coming! And remember I'm not just looking for Chinese dumplings, but other Asian ones as well.

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        1. re: BennyShoga

          How was Ping's? What did you have?

          1. re: akq

            Just a small sampling this time around. Fish dumplings that were quite interesting (you feel the flakiness and then get the fish flavor at the finish), and some beef noodle soup that was quite peppery with some other strong herbal note.

        2. Highly recommend Little Taipei, in Bellevue. Best boiled dumplings in the Seattle metro area, and among the best I've ever had.

          1. if you're expanding to gyoza, Showa has some nice garlicky ones on Tuesdays. They're a bit pricey but they're tasty.

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            1. re: shaolinLFE

              Thanks. I like Showa's gyoza, but just looking for steamed or boiled dumplings for now. And still looking to diversify from Chinese-only.

            2. The ones at Little Garden in Bellevue are pretty nice. And you can get 1lb frozen for $3.50 or something like that.

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              1. re: HungWeiLo

                The 20 steamed dumplings? Do you know how they compare to the ones at Sichuanese Cuisine?

                1. re: BennyShoga

                  I've never had anything good at Sichuanese Cuisine. (Disclaimer: I've only eaten at the Redmond location)