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May 3, 2013 05:25 PM

Seattle Din Tai Fung

Seattle Times is reporting that Din Tai Fung will open a second King County location in November--in University Village.

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  1. Ok so I'm not sure why people get so excited about DTF the dumplings are good not great. Go to Ping's in the ID for a better dumpling.

    14 Replies
    1. re: Charles

      I haven't heard of Ping's. Could you please tell me where in the ID? Thanks.

      1. re: Charles

        ?? Ping's serves an entirely different kind of dumpling. I wouldn't compare the two.

        (And if I did, I'd say that DTF is waaay better...)

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          Pings now has xlb on the menu and I would have to say they are way better then DTF

          1. re: Charles

            My apologies. I hadn't been to Pings in a little bit, didn't realize they added XLB. I'll check it out!

            1. re: Charles

              Not been to DTF yet but photo #4 on their site looks like XLB and, if so, those wrappers are WAY too thick. If you scroll down in this review, you'll see how they should look.


              1. re: c oliver

                I will caveat by saying I viewed the website on my iPad which can mess things up, but the 4th pic I saw was definitely not XLB. Looks like a bao zi, most likely veggie. This would be made with a leavened dough so the wrapper is airy, not sold like a dumpling or XLB. Fwiw, I've never been to pings but the menu seems really interesting nd the pics look delicious. I'd scarf down a plate of dumplings right now...

                1. re: FattyDumplin

                  Thanks for putting your eye on it :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    No worries! I love meats / veggies wrapped in dough... Pretty much in any shape, size or form. I grew up making pork and chive dumplings (with the thinner skins) from scratch with my grandmother, wontons (on my own starting at age 8, when in a pinch, using the storebought wrappers and any filling i could conjure up), as well as the bao zi (with my mom, where we spent years perfecting the leavening / steaming process to eliminate the dead spots in the dough that turned off-white and non fluffy). So, had to inject my years of experience lest someone potentially miss a great restaurant!

                2. re: c oliver

                  Not an XLB. Is a bao zi, likely veggie. Made with leavened dough o it will be a thicker, airier rapper... Never been but menu seems really interesting and pics look great o me

              2. re: GreenYoshi

                I just 'visited' Ping's website, what little there is of it. Those dumpling wrappers look awfully thick. I also question a dim sum place (Cantonese) that serves XLB (Shanghainese). Is it just trying to jump on the XLB bandwagon? I ordered them once in that situation and was mightily disappointed.

                1. re: c oliver

                  They are not Cantonese or a dim sum place. Go give it a try what have you got to loose. Or don't

                  1. re: Charles

                    Sorry. Their website showed only four pix and it was dumplings. I made an assumption. I still will say those wrappers are too thick. I took a class recently from Andrea Nguyen and those would have been given an F :)

                2. re: GreenYoshi

                  I like Ping's (though more for the take out frozen dumplings than the non-dumpling food). The dumplings eaten in store are great--mostly the jao-zi and other thick-wrapper boiled dumplings. The XLB there when I was there (admittedly that was a few months ago) were awful. Thick wrappers, no soup, bland flavor. I'm hopeful that they've gotten better and this means I should go back and try them, but dubious.

                  That said, I don't love DTF's XLB that much either--though I think they're the best in the greater Seattle area. However, I think DTF does have good food in general, and I will likely eat at DTF in U. Village pretty often, given the combination of proximity to my parent's house, the otherwise mediocre selection of food in the area, and my father's refusal to go eat further than a mile from his own house.

              3. My mother (a resident of the area) speculates that she thinks this will spell the end for Boom Noodle. She thinks they're already sliding (new condensed menu, quality slipping) and that having a shiny/happy/family noodle restaurant will be the final nail in the coffin.


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                1. re: dagoose

                  The only things I ever liked at Boom Noodle were the nonalcoholic cocktails. In my view, they were never as good as the real thing,but merely sanitized versions of the real thing.

                  1. re: dagoose

                    In Bellevue there is a Boom Noodle half a block away from Din Tai Fung. Boom is doing just fine in Bellevue.

                      1. re: dagoose

                        Not to get too far off topic from the OP, but I would probably agree w/ your mother. I just walked by Boom Noodle and Blue C Sushi (owned by the same people) at Bellevue Square and they were both nearly empty - at 8:30pm on a Friday night. Would love to see them replaced with some better quality options as they are both very mediocre.

                      2. I tried Ping's XLB about a month ago and found it enjoyable and fully acquitted of the typical ID dumpling faux pas, but still not better than DTF.