The next installment of I swear there’s good Chinese food in Seattle. Nitpickers, if you want to be exact this one is also outside of city limits, suck it. Fu Man Dumpling House in Shoreline, the menu is small, the sauce is garlicky, and the dumplings, hamburgers, and wraps are really damn good.
Let me clarify hamburgers and wraps first, no they are not what you think of coming from McDonald’s or Applebee’s or any other Western restaurant. The hamburgers are really a type of bao, but stuffed with a huge meatball, and pan fried. When you cut it open a flood of meat juicy goodness pours forth, making a glorious mess. You bite into it and the slightly sweet dough is just dense enough to deliver a chunk of moist meatball to your mouth. (I’m making myself hungry and I’m typing this on an airplane, this may have been a mistake.) It’s firm, but not hard, well seasoned meatbally goodness, and yes meatbally is a word.