Oh my gosh, y’all. I don’t know if I’ve told you about my love for the International District, or my love for porridge, but seriously, that is the best neighborhood of all time . And, now that I know there are cheap vegan dumplings available at a moment’s notice, I think I might just move in on top of Uwajimaya and live the rest of my life in an food coma. Good riddance, old life!
Anika and I had a truly delicious and inexpensive dinner at Ping’s Dumpling House the other night and my entire being was fully charged afterwards. Dumplings and porridge are my soul food. Even though I knew we’d have to carry the leftovers for the rest of the night, I made Anika let me order four things on the menu because I wanted to do thorough research before letting this secret out. In addition to the mixed vegetable dumplings, we ordered two kinds of porridge and the vegetarian steam bun. The dumplings are served in a steaming basket and with a delicious and crazy garlicy sauce. Full of vegetables, they make a perfect comfort lunch. The steam buns are a little heartier filled with tofu, mushrooms and mung bean vermicelli. They have a stronger savory flavor which is perfect with the slightly sweeter dough. More hearty still is the porridge we tried. The Tainmore porridge consists of corn meal, red bean, mung bean vermicelli, tofu, peanut and spinach all blended together into a grainy, soupy bowl of healing. It’s bland, but in that earthy good way that your body really appreciates. The last dish we tried was the “Almost Tofu” which is made of stone ground soy beans and lots of bitter greens. The spicy sesame sauce that this dish is served with gave it that perfect sour, Chinese flavor in my favorite form: PORRIDGE FORM. Tofu porridge, folks. REVIVES THE SOUL.
The staff are so incredibly nice that I wanted to ask them to adopt me, and the atmosphere is homey and cute. There is a small market attached that adds a sense of community to the dining experience. And did I mention how totally reasonable the prices are? I wish Seattle’s vegan food scene had more of that. Note: as always, things change, especially at small places. ALWAYS ask what is in the dumplings and sauces before ordering.
So! To recap: Save yourself and eat at Ping’s Dumpling House. Amen.
Ping’s Dumpling House
508 S King St Seattle WA 98104