When Seattle eaters make the trek to Federal Way, they're often in search of Korean food. And the Korean offerings there are, of course, great - but the city's global eating options don't end with beef soup and banchan.
Just down the block from a sol long tang house, Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall dishes up lamb, okra and eggplant in various iterations, but should you arrive at the restaurant alone and not especially hungry, the must-do dish is mantoo.
Mantoo, a kind of slippery, thin-skinned ravioli, are served all over Asia. They're special occasion food, more likely to appear on a wedding menu than a weekday night dinner table.
At Afghan Cuisine, the floppy dumplings are stuffed with chopped onions and robust ground beef, seasoned with garlic and cumin. Tangy garlic yogurt takes up the spaces between the mantoo, and tomato-based meat sauce studded with lentils cloaks the lot of them.
As a reminder that the plate's meant for a party, it's topped with a colorful spray of dried mint and fresh cilantro. And if you're really not very hungry, the delicate dumplings are even better the next day.