You probably think that all dumplings are the same (heck, they’re just meat or veggies wrapped in steamed -- or fried! -- dough) or that the only place to get ‘em is Seattle’s International District. Well, WE think you need to check out our list of the 11 best dumplings... and potstickers... and pierogi in the 206:
Polish House (address and info)
We’re not just working for the weekend, we’re working for Friday nights, when the Polish House -- a Polish community center -- opens its cash-only kitchen (and bar) to the public and lets them dig into a selection of dumplings called pierogi. These pierogi easily climb to the top of the dumpling rankings by the grace of the bacon bits that’re all over them and the quick dip in sour cream they should take on the way to your mouth.
Dough Zone (address and info)
Dumplings are generally a doughy food, so clearly this restaurant knows what it's doing, but it also does a special twist on the classic dumpling, giving it an extra-crispy layer across the bottom called “wings.”
Ba Bar (address and info)
Vietnamese dumplings are less common than their Chinese brethren, but no less good: the mung bean-stuffed pockets come in a spicy soy vinaigrette, sprinkled with caramelized shallots.
Xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung (address and info)
University District and Bellevue
These dumplings are world famous... and recipients of a Michelin star in Hong Kong. Renowned for their 18 delicate pleats, thin skin, and the rich mouthful of soup cradled inside, Din Tai Fung’s soup dumplings are considered the standard bearer of this difficult-to-make specialty.
Turkuaz (address and info)
Like Turkey itself, these Turkish dumplings straddle the border between Europe and Asia: ravioli-like dumplings are drenched in a garlicky yogurt sauce, then crowned with melted butter, red pepper, and mint.
Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar (address and info)
You know what one of the biggest problems with dumplings is in this town? They’re kind of hard to find at 2 in the morning. Except here. Where they serve meat stuffed in dough (and covered in your choice of spicy sauce, cheese, or bacon-onion relish) until the wee hours of the morning.
Ping’s Dumpling House (address and info)
Tender, soft, Northern Chinese dumplings are the specialty at this hole-in-the-wall... oh, and if the fish dumplings are on special, snap those up in a heartbeat. Lucky for you, even if they’re not, Ping’s keeps freezers full of all the best dumplings in the adjacent mini-mart for you to take home and make yourself.
Hong Kong (address and info)
Looking for an entire meal made of dumplings? That’s what dim sum is for. And to get the best in town, check out this Lynnwood strip-mall spot, where a former Las Vegas chef has set up shop, and is serving a wide variety of fresh, high-quality dumplings.
Short rib dumplings
Revel (address and info)
The dumplings at this Korean-inspired spot don’t exactly match any traditional dumpling: they’re not Korean mandoo nor Chinese jiao zi. They do match good taste though, with rich, beefy short ribs stuffed into thick dough shells and pan-fried until the flat sides are crisp and dark. The pickled shallots and scallions on top cut through the hefty flavors and make it worth the slight extra wait time for these.
Traditional Korean Beef Soup (address and info)
A quick way to tell you’ve come to the right place for dumplings? Someone sitting at the back table, making them by hand while you’re contemplating which beer to order with them. We suggest going with the classic Korean Hite while you wait for your plateful of these tortellini-shaped Korean dumplings.
1. PB Kitchen1714 18th Ave, Seattle
2. Dough Zone Dumpling House15920 NE 8th St, Bellevue
3. Ba Bar550 12th Ave, Seattle
4. Fu Man Dumpling House14314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
5. Bistro Turkuaz1114 34th Ave, Seattle
6. Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar3516 Fremont Pl N, Seattle
7. Ping's Dumpling House & Market508 S King St, Seattle
8. Hongkong DIM SUM1120 164th St SW, Lynnwood
9. Revel and Quoin403 N 36th St, Seattle
10. Traditional Korean Beef Soup22921 WA-99, Edmonds
One of the best Polish restaurants in Seattle, PB Kitchen is apart of the Polish Home Association and cooks up some pretty killer pierogis.
This dumpling house really knows what it's doing with their tradition dumplings. Plus, they do a special twist on the classic by giving the bottom of your dumpling an extra-crisp which they call "wings."
A Vietnamese restaurant, Ba Bar proudly serves "street food", a principle defined by simplicity and quality. The other half of this eatery's maxim is "cold drink," as in cocktails. Many, many cocktails.
The winner at this Greenwood Chinese spot is the solid dumplings, but what makes them GREAT is the garlic dipping sauce that comes with every order. This magic sauce alone is worth a visit.
At this Turkish bistro you'll find, amongst other traditional delicacies, some dumplings that a truly unique. These guys are sort of like ravioli drenched in a garlicky-yogurt sauce, then crowned with melted butter, red pepper, and mint.
If the prospect of dumplings isn't enough to wake you up on the quest for a midnight snack, the bright yellow walls at Pel'Meni should do the trick. The Fremont outpost of the food truck you've probably seen around town deals strictly in the practice of Russian-style dumplings, little bits of beef and potato wrapped up into thin bits of dough and thrown into a bowl of other toppings. You can venture outside of he traditional sour cream and spicy sauce by going for whatever specialty dumplings they're featuring that month.
Opened in one half of a Chinese grocery store, Ping's serves a small selection of Northern Chinese eats, but make no mistake, you're there for a plate of their signature pork dumplings, made using traditional ingredients from a recipe that's been handed down for three generations.
This dim sum spot keeps things legit and has a wide variety of fresh, high-quality dumplings on offer.
This combination restaurant and bar is run by the husband-wife cooking team of Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both of whom were contestants on Iron Chef America. If that wasn't enough to reel you in, the married couple combines American and Korean cuisine to create a menu of fusion dishes (like the moo shu pork dumpling and smoked oyster po-boy in a Korean pancake) unique to the restaurant. There's also a selection of signature cocktails that you can sample before/during your meal.