Din Tai Fung is arguably the most famous steamed dumpling restaurant in the West Coast, and they specialize in the bite-sized delicious buns of meat known as xiao long bao. Although there are many different kinds of dumplings in Chinese cuisine, xiao long bao originate from the Shanghai region of China. They are traditionally soup-filled dumplings with pork and wrapped in a thin, delicate flour skin.
To eat them, simply gently rest these delicate pillows of meat on your soup spoon. Pinch the tip of the dumpling with your chopsticks and bite it, creating a hole at the top. Suck out the flavorful pork soup inside, then eat the dumpling. Easy, delicious. I could eat a whole tray of these in one sitting.
The Din Tai Fung in Bellevue has a window where you can watch them make each little dumpling by hand. Somehow, the dumplings all come out uniform: same size, shape, and perfectly cooked inside.
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
700 Bellevue Way NE #280
Bellevue, WA 98004