Coming into the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year festival? Discover the best spots to feast on dumplings in Chinatown and beyond. Steamed, fried, baked or boiled – there’s no such thing as a bad dumpling.
HuTong Dumpling Bar
HuTong Dumpling Bar in Market Lane is beloved by all serious dumpling devotees. Come here for the signature soup-filled xiao long bao or zippy chilli wontons. Be hypnotised by the deft hands of the chef as they whip up delicate dumplings behind glass.
Old Beijing will have you feasting like a king. Delivering a slice of imperial China to Melbourne’s CBD. Catering to all appetites, enjoy fried noodles and dumplings for under $20. Or indulge in foie gras and add marinated duck tongue with mustard sauce. Must-try dishes include delicious, delicate and soupy xiao long bao and classic Peking Duck.
TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie
TuanTuan blends Chinese cuisine with Melbourne brunch style. The signature dish is a spin on the xue shan boa, also known as snow buns. These Hong Kong–style buns are filled with crispy pepper beef and are a light, spicy delight.
ShanDong MaMa is a no-frills dumpling house that has been a crowd favourite for years. Try inventive flavours like green chilli Wagyu beef. Or the squid ink dumplings. They're filled with New Zealand squid, home-minced chicken breast, flying fish roe and a surprising hit of basil. The vegan dumplings are a winner too.
Discover delicious heart-shaped dumplings at Heartling. The focus here is on 'slow' dining – a meditative food experience that allows you to savour every flavour. Choose the seafood or plant-based menu, then indulge in a series of hand-crafted, authentic dumplings. Splurge on dessert, you won't be disappointed.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a must-visit family favourite. Discover the adorable robot waiters (yes really!) that roll around the restaurant delivering plates of crispy fried dumplings, noodles and xiao long bao. You can access the venue by a lift, there’s ample space around the tables and high chairs are available.
This dumpling wonderland has a long and delicious history. Using a classic family recipe that dates back to 1904, the husband and wife duo behind Yulongfu hand fold dumplings fresh to order. Head in for signature black truffle xiao long bao, pan fried wontons, spicy claypot eggplant and more.
At Shanghai Street on Bourke, homemade dumplings come boiled or fried. They also come swimming in chilli oil or floating in soup. Fillings include pork, chicken and prawn. There's also beef, vegetable or our favourite, kung pao chicken. Vegetarians have some un-bao-lievable options too! Visit the Elizabeth Street outpost for dumplings in an ‘east meets west’ Tiki bar.
Spice Temple, a glamorous restaurant at Crown, showcases the spicier regional cuisines of China. First, try the chef’s selection of steamed dumplings. Do not miss the silky prawn wontons in aged black vinegar dressing. They are truly memorable.
China Red specialises in plump, juicy, xiao long bao. The menu also has a range of delicious dumplings, including Peking pork. Sit under the glow of red lanterns, order from a touch screen and wait for those bamboo baskets to arrive.
Don’t tell anyone we told you about this hidden dumpling destination. Momo Station is a no-frills eatery that pumps out chunky Nepalese dumplings (momos). Try the chilli momo, pan-fried and tossed in sticky red onion and capsicum chilli sauce.
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan is famous for being a tiny, budget dumpling joint in Hong Kong that earned itself a Michelin star. The Melbourne branch is more upmarket and the dumplings here are excellent. Make sure you order the barbecue pork bun. This global phenomenon is baked, slightly sweet and thoroughly addictive. Then end on the gold streaked charcoal custard buns.
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Last updated on Mon 23 Jan 2023
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