Oct 252014
 
Shen jian bao meat dumplings  at Dough Zone

Shen jian bao meat dumplings at Dough Zone

My mother-in-law has had a healthy addiction to dumplings ever since we spotted them on the streets of Xian while touring China in the 90s. Yes, Seattle and Xian are several Great Walls apart culturally but I figured we could get her a dumpling fix at the dumpling house, Dough Zone, near the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue WA. My family left very impressed and our belts were a little more snug by the end of the evening.

Determined to bite into our dumplings quickly after being seated, we filled out our order on the restaurant’s menu during our 30 minute wait outside. Warning: if you come during regular dinner hours and weekends, be prepared to check emails and pass the time with your smartphone during the long wait.

We started with youtiao, Chinese bread sticks fried to a delicate crispiness. They were done just right, slightly crispy and not at all greasy. Unfortunately, we wanted to have congee for dipping our youtiao but they were all sold out for the day.

Youtaio at Bellevue's Dough Zone

Youtaio at Bellevue’s Dough Zone

The dumpling barrage started as soon as the breadsticks were devoured. The first dumplings were wontons in spicy sauce. They were wonderful, firm meaty wontons coated with a tangy, spicy sauce.

Wontons in spicy sauce, Dough Zone

Wontons in spicy sauce, Dough Zone

 

Meat potstickers were next to arrive and they did not disappoint. The flavorful meat filling and the crispy brown bottoms provided a great contrast in textures.

Meat potstickers at Dough Zone


Meat potstickers at Dough Zone

 

We knew that the best was yet to come when we spotted large hot bamboo steamers approaching the table. The first one was filled with steamed pork dumplings. They disappeared quickly after being smothered in a mixture of soy sauce and chili peppers.

Steamed dumplings at Dough ZoneSteamed dumplings at Dough Zone

Steamed dumplings at Dough Zone

 

And then the grand dumpling finale – xiao long bao. These petite juicy pork soup dumplings come 10 to an order. After savoring the first one, you realize why they are served in groups of 10. Few people have the will power to eat less than 10 of these tasty morsels!

Pork soup buns at Dough Zone

Pork soup buns at Dough Zone

All in all, the Dough Zone was a great place to reminisce about the savory street food we experienced many years ago in Xian, one of the most interesting regions in China. Good food, even better memories.

 

 

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A Beautiful Day for the Bellevue 10K Run

 Posted by on April 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm  Health, Sports  No Responses »
Apr 292014
 
Blue Thunder at the 2014 Bellevue 10K

Blue Thunder at the 2014 Bellevue 10K

 

It was great to hear the Blue Thunder pumping up the finishers at the Bellevue 10K Run last Sunday. I needed all the encouragement I could get since it was the first 10K race I’ve run in many years.

Twenty years ago, I would have considered this semi-hilly course an easy training “jog” but now my middle age body hesitates like an overloaded light truck up the hills.   I was rusty but didn’t break down. In my 20s and 30s, I would run races by targeting runners ahead of me to pass. These days, I don’t even try to keep up with the people who pass me. My goal is to simply finish without an injury.

Although the forecast the previous day called for winds and showers, they never came. It turned out to be a sunny and comfortable day for running.

 

 

 

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