The main way we like to celebrate any occasion is with good food and with Chinese New Year kicking off today, what better way than to celebrate with delicious dumplings!
We’ve complied a list of Australia’s most scrumptious dumplings. Steamed, fried or boiled, however you like to eat the plump little pillows, we’ve got you covered.
They say during the year of the fire monkey you should take risks and be bold, so dive into dumpling land and discover the incredible Chinese goodies these Australian restaurants have to offer.
PAC-MAN dumplings exist in Sydney and they’re the latest food trend we’re frothing over. Nahji Chu (of Miss Chu fame) has created a gluten-free plant-based signature dish at her slick new Yum Cha restaurant int he city's Eastern suburbs and it's the cutest! Check out the PAC-MAN who's made out of a deep fried sweet potato. Delish.
If you’re looking for an authentic experience, head straight to Din Tai Fung where dumplings are king. Located in various areas across the city, this Chinese eatery specialises in soup filled dumplings that are like no other. Expect to cue up for a short while, but trust us when we say their xiao long bao pork dumplings filled with juicy meat and hot flavourful broth, are worth the wait. Eat them while they're hot for maximum flavour and texture and so you don’t waste any precious juices on your clothes, take a small bite from the top, drink the broth from within, then gobble down what’s left.
Enjoy intricately pleated dumplings with a view of the Yarra River at Neil Perry’s Spice Temple. The modern Chinese restaurant seduces you with har gow, three steamed prawn and chive dumplings that are so fresh and light you’ll feel as if you’re floating closer to heaven with each bite. For a punchier mouthful, pick the northern lamb dumplings done pot-sticker-style.
The Fushun Dumpling and Noodle House in Adelaide is perfect for those after an affordable quick dumpling fix. Hand made dumplings in soup boast are meaty and a flavour packed. You can get 15 steamed or fried dumplings for only $9.50. It’s enough to share but once you pierce the dumpling’s skin and juices burst into your mouth, you won’t want to!
The plump sticky and translucent dumplings full of springy, juicy prawns and fresh green chives are a standout at this Northbridge chinese restaurant. Despite being a busy little place, service here is quick and friendly. While it’s not technically a dumpling, order the melted egg yolk bun (lu sha bao) for a sweet custardy finish. Make sure you eat them while they’re still warm and the yolk is runny.
Located in Queens Plaza and styled like a Hong Kong tea house, New Shanghai is the dumpling spot in Brisbane. You can sit and watch as dumpling masters roll, stuff, pleat and pinch dumplings of various shapes, colours, textures and flavours before your hungry eyes. From lamb and leek to beef and coriander, pork and chive to chicken and celery, New Shanghai has mastered the art of crisp-bottomed pan-fried dumplings to perfection.
For some tasty Tazzy dumplings, look no further than Dumpling Express. Whether boiled, pan-fried or floating in soup, these dumplings won’t disappoint. The menu may be limited and the restaurant small but as the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages.’ Their dishes are right on the money in terms of flavour, however it’s their classic crispy pan-fried pork dumplings that seem to keep drawing customers back, time and time again.
It’s mesmerising watching dumpling masters pump out plump dumplings from the open kitchen at Canberra’s CBD Dumpling House. The dumplings here mimic the restaurant's ambiance, simple, fresh and modern. Boiled tomato and scrambled egg dumplings are simple yet scrumptious, while boiled prawn and pumpkin dumplings are a tasty and innovative combo. For a colourful pop of pork, opt for the yellow, white and green trio of pork dumplings. For something different, try the leek dumpling, a puffy tortilla-like fried sandwich filled with leek and egg, a delicious delight!