BELLEVUE – Yang’s Dumpling House UPDATED

Yang’s Dumpling House UPDATED

I know food porn is probably overused but I have to share one of the most memorable meals I have eaten in a long time…and it happened by accident. I was actually on my way to eat at the famous Won Ton Cafe in Lake Hills area of Bellevue (moving to NE 20th in Bellevue by end of the month!) when I saw this little 5 table spec of a restaurant in the same strip mall. Yang’s Dumpling House. You need to know this name as it is sure to take you out of your “Panda Express/Cathay Inn” experiences and give you some authentic Mandarin food. Yep, Mandarin…not just Chinese. You see, REAL Chinese food is regional and more and more radically ethnic Chinese restaurants are popping up not just for their people who now live in the US, but also for us who have been here and are just now learning about the fiercely ethnic food that massive continent has to offer.

When I went in (mid afternoon), there was no one else in there but Yang. I asked him to tell me about his menu and he mumbled to me something about not being able to speak English very well so I pointed to his menu and tried to ask him what he would recommend to me. Everything was less than $7. We settled in on the Pork Noodle Soup (simply named for us of shall-we-say of Western European descent) and the pork steamed buns. There was only another 8 or so items on the menu…a couple more soup options, a handful of dumplings and a few more buns.

Out came the most beautiful site my eyes have seen since the Cambodian episode of No Reservations. Large chunks of fatty pork, fresh broccoli, succulent broth, and buckwheat yakisoba noodles. I added some Siracha and away I went…pure heaven. It is clear that the poor in most countries eat WAY BETTER than we do here…this simple dish is probably eaten more often in Northern China then we eat cold cereal. It was simply unbelievable.

Knife, Dowl, Flour – what else is there?

The meal was simply perfect. I was already thrilled and was ready to tell everyone I know about it…when he shows me, from across his counter, the 12 inch wooden dowl he said he has carried through 8 states.  You see, this dowl is like a rolling pin and he hand makes EACH of these buns right there. The man is an artist, a craftsman, and somehow a poet all in one. One knife, one pot of flour, and his wooden dowl.

Steamed Buns

Go there. Eat there. I can’t wait to see and here that he has people lined up around the corner to eat lunch or dinner. Yang is my new friend and I hope EVERYONE goes to visit.

Probably my new best friend

How to get there: Lake Hills Shopping Center on corner of 156th and Lake Hills Connector in Bellevue. On corner of strip mall running north (perpendicular) to the Korean Market.

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  1. Yang’s dumpling house is closed, the place is empty! O NOs! It was my favorite place to eat. It is apparently moving somewhere closer to Redmond on 140th?? Does anyone know where they moved to? Please let me know.

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      Off of NE 20th in Bellevue I think. I am going to find out though! A lot of the businesses in that Lake Hills Shopping Center are moving to the same area. Will let you know!

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      Yang’s is moving to 14400 NE 20th St in Bellevue some time this month!

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  2. Hi! I love Yangs! Do you know if they are open in their new space?

  3. Jeffrey Bradford March 10, 2013 Reply

    “the famous Won Ton Cafe” — do you mean “Wonton City”? “moving to NE 20th in Bellevue by end of the month!” — do you have their new address?

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      IrishMike March 11, 2013 Reply

      Actually Yangs was right around corner from Won Ton City! They are both moving and both awesome!

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  4. I see the shitty german market over here by blue Hong

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  5. Did she take his space? Email me if yangs is open and I can’t find it. I went twice a week . .

  6. Does anyone have any update on when it will re-open? We have been checking weekly, but nothing.

  7. any update?

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  8. I saw an August 2013 review on Yelp recently and someone else on Yelp posted this address IrishMike posted above: 14400 NE 20th Street, Bellevue.

    Never seem to have the time to actually go, but I should just do a drive-by.

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  9. Yang’s Dumpling House is opening on NE 85th. across from Safway two blocks from where you turn right heading south to go into Costco

  10. Jeffrey Bradford January 14, 2014 Reply

    That is a surprising location. I really hope they do well, but this seems like a bad location to me. Not enough of an Asian population around. I’m not saying that only Asians can go here (I’m not Asian, and I’m sure going), but, honestly, this is not your typical Chinese-American food, and we all know who their primary customers are. It also seems that there are not a lot of businesses around that area, and this is a perfect work lunch spot. I assume the other location didn’t work out, which is too bad, as it would have been almost perfect.

    Ironically, I was recently bemoaning the lack of good Chinese food in Kirkland (given the other excellent food there), but this seems not quite the right type of restaurant for Kirkland.

    I look forward to be proven wrong, and I hope it’s a huge success.

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  1. […] Looking forward to getting some of those delicious, hand-rolled dumplings and that awesome soup again soon! In case you missed my first write up about Yang and his ethnically Taiwanese-style food, you can catch that here. […]

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