The pork and leek dumplings from Chin’s Kitchen.
The Oregonian’s Fifth Annual Dumpling Week is back here in early 2019—get your fill of dough-encased delights for $10 or less from 36 places in Portland from Friday, February 1 to Saturday, February 9. The dumpling passport is back, too: download it here.
You can find the full list of participating restaurants on the Dumpling Week website, (also in map form) but if you’re like me, it will be hard to hit them all. Real talk: even though I focus some of my time on food and eating, I also have a roster of clients who need my time, too. So, if I was to visit one place a day (and twice on the weekend) for the nine days, here’s where I’d go.
Boke Bowl. Szechuan style 5-spice duck dumplings, a fantastic flavor combination. Boke East, 1028 SE Water Ave; Boke West, 1200 NW Northrup. bokebowl.com. Daily 11am-9pm.
Chin’s Kitchen. A no-brainer since I live in the Hollywood District. Their meaty dumplings are great but I’m a big fan of their vegetarian option: egg and leek. Give it a try and don’t forget to ask for the black vinegar. 4126 NE Broadway. chinskitchenportland.com. Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am-3pm and 5-9pm; closed Monday.
Danwei Canting. The pork-ginger-scallions combination has my number: wontons filled with Tails & Trotters ground pork, Oregon black truffles, ginger and scallions. 803 SE Stark St. danweicanting.com. Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-9pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30am-10pm.
Delores. With a Polish-inspired menu, they are offering a classic: a potato and cheese pierogi with onions and bacon. 1401 SE Morrison #117. delorespdx.com. Wednesday-Sunday 11:30am-3pm and 5-10pm; closed Monday & Tuesday.
Kachka. America’s top Russian restaurant, they are offering chicken soup pelmeni in broth, braised celery, pickled carrots, black pepper, and smetana. 960 SE 11th Ave. kachkapdx.com. Daily 11:30am-2pm; Sunday-Thursday 4-10pm; Fridays & Saturdays 4-11pm.
Kachinka. A vegetarian option that’s highly intriguing: Parmesan vareniki with Caesar smetana, shredded romaine and toasted breadcrumbs. 720 SE Grand Ave. kachkapdx.com. Daily from 4pm-midnight.
Kim Jong Smokehouse NW. Korean dumplings make me happy, and I have happy memories watching them be made in Manhattan’s Koreatown. The Smokehouse is offering chicken mandu, daikon, and kimchee broth. 413 NW 21st Ave. kimjongsmokehouse.com. Sunday-Thursday, 11am-9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm.
Little Bird Bistro. Comfort food for sure, they’re offering ricotta gnocchi with a boeuf bourguignon ragu. 215 SW Sixth Ave. littlebirdbistro.com. Monday-Friday 11:30am-11pm; Saturday & Sunday 5-11pm.
NONNA Tavern. Likely a winner for just about anyone, they are offering polpettes, a kind of Italian meatball. In this case it’s a breaded and fried dumpling with sausage, potato, herb puree and Parmesan. 5513 NE 30th Ave. nonnapdx.com. Wednesday & Thursday 4–10pm; Friday 4–11pm; Saturday 3-11pm, Sunday 3–9pm; closed Monday & Tuesday.
Patton Maryland. I’ve never had this but I find the combination hard to beat. Chochoyotes, Mexican corn dumpling served in a smoked pork and roasted poblano stew, garnished with seasoned fried tortilla strips and cilantro lime crema. 5101 N Interstate Ave. pattonmaryland.com. Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9pm; Friday 11:30am -10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-9pm.
Quaintrelle. With a menu of beautiful food, they are offering smoked and braised Marion Acres chicken, charred green onion and cheddar biscuit dumpling, with sweet jalapeño relish. 3936 N Mississippi Ave. quaintrelle.co. Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, 5-9pm; Friday & Saturday 5-10pm.
XLB. I’ve been meaning to go back after a subdued meal over a year ago; this might be the reason. They’re offering a baked char siu bao, which sounds like it has great potential. 4090 N Williams Ave. xlbpdx.com. Daily 11am-3pm and 5-10pm.
Your tastes may vary, so check out the rest of the dumplings in this article by the Oregonian. I’ve included their map below, too.
Fifth Annual Dumpling Week c/o The Oregonian
February 1-9, 2019