Portland Dumpling Week 2018 Picks

Next week from Sunday February 4 –  Saturday February 10 2018 is the fourth annual Dumpling Week, organized by the Oregonian. They have organized 30 restaurants who will all be offering dumpling specials just for this week and once you order your dumpling, you also collect a sticker from that restaurant as proof you had a dumpling there. Attach this to your sticker sheet, and turn in at the end of the week – each sticker is a chance for you to win a $25 gift card. All dumpling specials will only cost $10 or less.
Portland Dumpling Week 2018

The dumpling participants run the gamut, across variety of cuisines and veterans already known for their delectable dumplings like Kachka and XLB to new participants and new takes on dumplings like from Urdaneta and The Waiting Room. I have been participating in Dumpling Week since the initial one in 2015, and here are some of my favorites that I recommend, as well as ones I am curious about and are on my wishlist for this year.

You can view a map with all locations to better plan out your dumpling crawl at the official Dumpling Week website, which is where you can also print out the sticker sheet. You can read descriptions of the various dumpling specials at the Oregonian, if you want to pick the locations to dine out based on the dushes offered as dumpling specials.

Portland Dumpling Week 2016 Imperial offering: Beef and pork khinkali with melted butter, black pepper and dill served with a bit of yogurt
Chef Vitaly Paley first used Portland Dumpling Week 2015/2016 as a testing ground for the offering of khinkali you see here served with melted butter, black pepper and dill. Now these fantastic khinkali are a special treat that you can only get at the special Monday only Dumpling and Vodka Nights at Paley’s Place via Feastly tickets.

To get your mouth watering, I have included some dumpling pics from when I’ve enjoyed dumplings at some of those on my wishlist, though the dumpling special they are offering specifically for Portland Dumpling Week 2018 will be different then pictured. My list below is not ranked, though I did group some together based on location. UPDATE: I have updated some of the photos based on my 2018 visit to show what the dumpling offering looks like.

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PDX Dumpling Week 2016 So Far…

Right now until Saturday February 13 is PDX Dumpling Week 2016. Essentially, Dumpling Week has a list of 12 Portland restaurants and food carts offering dumplings and for each place you visit and enjoy their dumplings, you receive a sticker to add to a Dumpling Passport (you might have to ask for it after you order as they may not remember to hand it out automatically). Based on how many stickers you collect, you are entered for different levels of prizes.

I listed the participating 2016 Dumpling Week restaurants and the dumplings they are offering last week (I also participated in Dumpling Week last year and wrote a 2015 Dumpling Week Recap). Here’s where I’ve been so far for 2016:

  • ImperialBeef and pork khinkali with melted butter, black pepper and dill served with a bit of yogurt. I recommend ordering a Parker House roll because although you can drink up the juice and spoonful of yogurt at the end if you’d like, I prefer dunking a Parker House roll into it and using that as my sponge. The bar is packed during happy hour, so if you are mainly going for dumplings I suggest arriving after Happy Hour is over (the dumplings are not a happy hour special) so you don’t have to wait for a space at the bar – unless of course you are planning on having more of a meal then make dinner table reservations.
    Portland Dumpling Week 2016 Imperial offering: Beef and pork khinkali with melted butter, black pepper and dill served with a bit of yogurt Portland Dumpling Week 2016 Imperial offering: Beef and pork khinkali with melted butter, black pepper and dill served with a bit of yogurt
  • KachkaMushroom and potato vareniki with porcini pumpernickel breadcrumbs, French onion smetana and scallions. I enjoyed these with 30 grams of Matsutake Vodka (a seasonal one to emphasize the mushroom) and 30 grams of Horseradish Vodka (a usual favorite of mine).
    Dumpling Week 2016 offering from Kachka: Mushroom and potato vareniki with porcini pumpernickel breadcrumbs, French onion smetana and scallions. Dumpling Week 2016 offering from Kachka: Mushroom and potato vareniki with porcini pumpernickel breadcrumbs, French onion smetana and scallions.
  • GrassaItalian soup dumplings. I recommend ordering these with garlic bread to wipe up the sauce, and be generous in adding the Calabrian Chili Oil or Mama’s Lil Chili Oil to your dumplings that come with your order. I also recommend downloading the Chew Dining Club app so that you can input the code at the bottom of your receipt and start racking up credit to earning goodies by dining at various ChefStable restaurants
    Dumpling Week 2015 offering from Grassa: Italian soup dumplings. I recommend ordering these with garlic bread to wipe up the sauce, and be generous in adding the Calabrian Chili Oil or Mama's Lil Chili Oil to your dumplings that come with your order.editDelete caption Dumpling Week 2015 offering from Grassa: Italian soup dumplings. I recommend ordering these with garlic bread to wipe up the sauce, and be generous in adding the Calabrian Chili Oil or Mama's Lil Chili Oil to your dumplings that come with your order.editDelete caption
  • Sizzle Pie: A team-up of Sizzle Pie and Korean BBQ food cart Kim Jong Grillin’ are offering Korean BBQ-inspired pizza mini calzones. The three options are either Meat, Vegetarian, or Vegan ONLY be available at the West Burnside location at 926 W Burnside and each order comes with three stone oven-baked dumplings. I thought there was too much dough to filling here for my taste, and more gochujang sauce is needed.
    • Meat pizza dumplings: Jjajang smoked pork, Sizzle Pie cheese blend, scallions, fermented black bean paste with pickled yellow daikon and gochujang sauce.
      Portland Dumpling Week 2016 from Sizzle Pie: Meat pizza dumplings collaboration with Kim Jong Grillin' of Jjajang smoked pork, Sizzle Pie cheese blend, scallions, fermented black bean paste with pickled yellow daikon and gochujang sauce. Portland Dumpling Week 2016 from Sizzle Pie: Meat pizza dumplings collaboration with Kim Jong Grillin' of Jjajang smoked pork, Sizzle Pie cheese blend, scallions, fermented black bean paste with pickled yellow daikon and gochujang sauce.
    • Vegan pizza dumplings: Kim Jong Grillin’ housemade vegan kimchi and “Follow Your Heart” vegan mozzarella with Sizzle Pie’s housemade vegan ranch dip.
    • Vegetarian pizza dumplings: shiitake mushroom, Sizzle Pie cheese blend, spicy tofu, scallions with soy plum drizzle and dipping sauce.

Are you participating in Portland Dumpling Week 2016, which is ending in only a few days? Which dumplings sound appealing to you or have you already had?

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