I read about this restaurant somewhere in an article a while back and I’ve been meaning to try it! It’s one of the few restaurants around Seattle that serve xiao long bao. This place served them only on the weekends, but now they serve them daily! The food feels authentic and home made. The restaurant is called Ping’s Dumplings and is in the heart of Chinatown.
Atmosphere: The restaurant is pretty small. It is also connected to their market next door. I would say a group of 4 is probably the maximum size I’d go with.
Pricing: It’s very cheap! They have lunch specials that are only $4.99 – you get a porridge and one item from a selected list. Other dishes range from $6-$8 for their specialties, dumplings for ~$5-$6, skewers and buns for ~$1.50.
Service: They are really friendly! The lady that was serving us gave us some nice suggestions and was quite smiley.
Green onion pancake – a pretty standard Taiwanese item. I thought it was ok!
Overall: There are some other dishes I’d like to try so I would definitely come back. If you want more variety for the xiao long baos, I would go to Din Tai Fung. They keep it very simple here. Stop by here if you’re craving something like your mom’s cooking!