Chinese restaurants in America (except those in L.A, New York and San Francisco) oftentimes try to serve everything on their menu, from stir-fries to hot-pots, from rice dishes to dumplings and noodles. Unless you know the chef’s specialty before hand and order accordingly, you are likely to be disappointed…that is, if authentic Chinese is what your are after.
Dough Zone is different and that is why they’ve been successful since opening in 2014. As the name indicates, they specialize in all things made with a dough, for instance these Shanghai-style soup dumplings, served piping hot at the table
Juicy Jian Buns (I order them to-go and eat them as breakfast the next day – twenty seconds in the microwave, they are good as new 🙂 )
Beijing-style chive-pockets and pot stickers
Tianjin-style Jianbing guozi (only available at the Crossroad location)
Szechuan Tan Tan noodle
with a variety of pickled vegetables are among my favorites.
For dessert, my friends swear by this red bean tofu pudding
The taste is subtle but satisfying. It is a great way to complete a meal.
Dough Zone has four locations in the Greater Seattle area – two in Bellevue, one in Redmond, one in Issaquah and is slated to open its first store in Seattle this year. The Crossroad Mall location, being their first restaurant, has several additional items on the menu. The service has a few hits and misses, but overall it is better than most Chinese restaurants. As for the food, everything was made fresh in the restaurant, mostly by hands.