January 29, 2015

The Jade District: Where Every Week is Dumpling Week

From February 1st to 7th, the Oregonian will be hosting Portland's first Dumpling Week. They will publish features and recipes online and in print, and 19 Portland restaurants will be offering a special dumpling dish on their menus. Participants who eat their way through these restaurants will then be eligible to win prizes such as gift certificates and cookbooks.

Just browsing the list, you can see variations of dumplings from all over the world. Kenny & Zuke’s is doing fried kreplach, a traditional Jewish dumpling. Viking Soul Food is doing onion klubb (or Norwegian potato dumplings with onion). While there is great diversity in dumplings from cuisines around the world, there is not so much in terms of where these restaurants are located within Portland. The one restaurant east of 42nd Ave. is Country Cat, who will be serving classic chicken and dumplings.

No list of restaurants during Dumpling Week would be complete without highlighting some of the restaurants in the Jade District or further west in Beaverton. The Jade District, the neighborhood around SE 82nd and Division is one of the diverse communities in the city and is particularly known for immigrant owned shops and restaurants. The western suburbs also include ethnic enclaves with some pretty authentic dumpling experiences.

The restaurants on this list specialize and serve dumplings from throughout Asia everyday and not just as part of a weeklong celebration. We encourage you to venture beyond the city center for some amazing dumpling experiences. You can stop by Salt & Straw afterwards for the “Berries & Dumplings Ice Cream Sundae" afterwards for desert.

Jade District/SE Portland

Dim sum dumplings from Ocean City, Wong's King, and HK Cafe;

  • Ocean City: 3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
  • Wong’s King: 8733 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266
  • HK Cafe: 4410 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

The steamed dumplings from Beijing Hot Pot: 2768 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Kenny's Noodle House: 8305 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97266

Chinese Delicacy: 6411 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Pure Spice on SE Division will also make them on special request and advance notice: 2446 Southeast 87th Avenue, Portland, OR 97216

West Side/Suburbs

Jiaozi at Mandarin House: 120 SW Ankeny, Portland, OR 97204

Taste of Sichuan in Beaverton & Vancouver: 16261 NW Cornell Rd, Beaverton OR 97006 or 1825 SE 164th Ave, Ste 110, Vancouver, WA 98683

Xiaolong Bao at Szechuan Chef: 5331 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239

This list is not comprehensive of what our region has to offer, but is a great starting point. Our restaurants may not have the celebrity chef star power of other dumpling week participants such as Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place and Imperial, but our dumplings are made every day with love and on weekends the lines at our dim sum shops are as long as any fancy Portland brunch place.