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Seattle Now Has More Than Its Fair Share of the Best Dumplings in the World

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You might remember my post last summer about visiting the Din Tai Fung location in Bangkok. In my opinion, and that of the New York Times, they really do have some of the best dumplings in the world. I was lucky enough to visit the original location in Taiwan, and then again when I was in Bangkok and Bellevue, WA of all places.

So when my friends suggested we go the weekend I was in Seattle, I was surprised to wind up in the the University District. There are only 5 Din Tai Fung locations in the US and now two of them are in the Seattle area!

Keri Din Tai Fun Seattle University

This location was larger than Bellevue, but seemed just as popular. Even arriving at 5:30 for dinner there was already a 30 minute wait for 3 people. My friends gave me free rein and I decided to break from my tradition of ordering mostly dumplings and try out some other things on the menu.

We started with the cucumbers in chili oil (which were just as good as those I’ve had at other restaurants).

Din Tai Fun Seattle Cucumbers

I did orders two sets of the juicy pork dumplings just to play it safe. 🙂

Din Tai Fun Seattle Juicy Pork Dumplings

Then it was the noodles in spicy sauce, which were similar to Dan Dan noodles, but not nearly as spicy.

Din Tai Fun Seattle noodles in spicy sauce

Then it was the String Beans with Garlic (yum!) and the Pork & Shrimp Potstickers.

Din Tai Fun Seattle string beans potstickers

I also recently discovered “rice cakes” so was eager to try the Shanghai Rice Cakes with Pork. There’s just some about the crazy, slightly gummy candy texture of the cakes that I like. They were good, though much better the second day (leftovers) once the flavors had more time to integrate.

Din Tai Fun Seattle Shanghai rice cakes pork

Everything we ordered was really tasty, but at the end of the day, the dumplings are where they really shine. So if you’re going, make sure you order plenty of those first!


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