Dude…Where’s My Fork? : Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

April 21, 2013
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Loyal readers…lend me your palates!

It has been many months since I have blogged about my adventures in eating, but this place was so amazing that I had to share.

A few months ago, the little lady and I saw a large line forming near Lucky Strike Lanes in Lincoln Square, located in downtown Bellevue. We got closer to find a window looking in on 20 chefs making individual dumplings by hand. This immediately caught our attention.

Might this place be the next hip spot in the upscale neighborhood of Bellevue? Well, just after admiring the intricate work being put into the making of the delectable dumplings, we saw no other than Dan Wilson, former catcher of the Seattle Mariners, stroll out. That was when we knew that Din Tai Fung in Bellevue would be a great dining experience.

We thought today would be a good day to go early. The wifey and I had just completed a 5K in Renton and were craving carbs! Who eats dumplings at 10:45 in the morning on a Sunday? Apparently, a ton of people in Bellevue enjoy these tiny temptations as early as 10AM. (WARNING: Call ahead or show up early. There is always a wait!)

We were shown to our seat and greeted by a waitress who showed us the how to mix soy sauce and vinegar correctly to create the perfect dumpling dipping sauce. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and very gracious with newbies like us. All dishes ranged from $7-10 each.

Also, just as a heads up, don’t ask of a fork…you won’t get one. Soup spoons and chopsticks are provided as the only utensils. Be prepared to bring your dexterity along with your appetite.

We Ordered:

Pork Dumplings

Chicken Dumplings

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken and Veggie Wonton Soup ….yeah…it was a lot for lunch, but we just did a 5K. We earned that feast.

First of all, I cannot stress how fresh these little pockets of joy are. The cooks make the dumplings on the spot, they go into the steamer then are served to you. Our meal was fantastic!!! I have eaten all of the items listed above at other restaurants. None of them compare to the food we sampled today. Authentic flavors in a modern environment make this establishment a great venue for a small plate and a drink after work or a night on the town with your honey.

I give this restaurant 5 out of 5 Bellypats!!!


Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Bellevue is a MUST GO for anyone looking for authentic dumplings!

Was it amazing? Yes.

Was I hungry an hour  later. Yes.

Would I go back 2 hours after I ate for another round of dumplings? YES!!!


I will leave you with this quote:

“I am the emperor, and I want dumplings.” Emperor Ferdinand I







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