Dumplings Around the World

There’s hardly a cuisine in the world that doesn’t have its own version of meat wrapped in dough and yet, of the hundreds of different kinds, no two dumplings are quite the same. These five locally-available styles are some of our favorites
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Juicy Pork soup dumplings from Dim Sum Factory in Bellevue

Chinese
Juicy Pork Dumplings
Dim Sum Factory
Soup dumplings (xiao long bao) took the city by storm when popular Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung first arrived in Bellevue, but now the broth-filled delicacies can be found elsewhere—without the wait. $9.99. Bellevue, 4092 Factoria Blvd. SE; 425.644.2888; dimsumfactory.com

Polish 
Pierogi 
PB Kitchen at the Polish Home Association
Friday nights turn this community center into the home of the city’s best Polish dumplings: hearty meatballs encased in a thick dough, sautéed with bits of bacon before serving. $8.50. Capitol Hill, 1714 18th Ave.; 206.322.3020; pbkitchen.com

Nepalese
Momo 

Himalayan Sherpa House
Juicy and soft, this laidback Nepali style of handmade dumpling comes with a choice of filling (beef, chicken, vegetable or pork) and cooking method (steamed or fried), but no matter how it’s prepared, it comes with the zesty house-made chutney for dipping. $6.99. Tangletown, 2227 N 56th St.; 206.633.3538; himalayansherpahouse.com

Korean
Son Mandu 
Traditional Korean Beef Soup
Tight, tortellini-like dumplings at this soup shop come with skins so wonderfully delicate that the chives in the filling are visible through the wrapper. $10.99. Edmonds, 22929 State Route 99; 425.977.2929

Turkish
Manti 

Café Turko
At the nexus of wonton and ravioli—both geographically and gastronomically—come these Turkish dumplings. These pasta pockets, however, outdo those others with garlic yogurt, tomato sauce and plenty of hot butter. $14. Fremont, 900 N 34th St.; 206.284.9954; cafe-turko.com

 

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