Can you go wrong with dumplings?
We don’t think so. There are so many iterations of the dumpling that we think all the kinks have been ironed out and now they’re good to eat any time of day—breakfast, lunch, dinner, or midnight snack. (Featured image: @abhishek_sanwa)
However, and like with most things, some dumplings are better than others. And for the purposes of this list, we’re sticking to the dim sum and the xiao long bao varieties.
So, whether you like China’s unofficial dish steamed to pillowy perfection or fried to give it that crispy crunch, find here five Sydney dumpling destinations you’ve got to get to to get your dose of dumplings.
1. Mr Wong, CBD
We love Mr Wong because it’s a big place with plenty of seating, but somehow it never feels huge and empty. And the food is some of the best in Sydney. Seriously.
The kitchen is headed up by Dan Hong serving up contemporary takes on traditional Cantonese cuisine and it boasts a dim sum menu that might very well be the best in the city. Some of our favourites include the Wagyu and truffle puff (fried), Roast duck and chive dumpling (steamed) and we can’t go past the Pork xiao long bao.
Individual dim sums are for lunch only.
2. Din Tai Fung, Multiple Locations
The World’s Tastiest Dumpling.
That’s the accolade for the original Din Tai Fung, but Sydney’s Din Tai Fungs don’t drop the ball. The menu, which rarely ever changes, has been perfected so that no matter which restaurant you go to, you will find the pork xiao long baos that have won Din Tai Fung fame around the world—there’s something like 160 of them worldwide.
Find Din Tai Fung at multiple locations
3. Bodhi, CBD
You might be surprised to find Bodhi on this dumpling list as it’s by far one of the most unconventional dumpling house or restaurant in Sydney. Nonetheless, the vegan dumplings found here push the envelope and are damn tasty too.
Find Bodhi at 2 – 4 College Street
4. Happy D’s, Redfern
The secret to Happy D’s dumplings is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, except for the food it serves up. The interior is this retro fit-out reminiscent of all of our childhood Chinese restaurants with a tacky red bar and golden curtains hiding a brick wall.
There are four vegetarian/vegan dumplings on the menu as well as the pork xiao long baos that we love so much. Pop in and eat at the bar or get some to take away. Either way, makes for a great start to your night.
Find Happy D’s at 169 Regent Street
5. Dumpling And Noodle House, Potts Point
Dumplings all day, every day. This little haunt is a favourite and although there are only a few tables inside, it’s well worth the wait.
Dumpling and Noodle House has been serving dumplings ”with heart” since 2002 and they’ll be the first to tell you that all the veggies and meats they use are from the local shops and markets. Favourites on the menu include the pan-fried pork and cabbage dumplings as well as the—you know by now—the pork xiao long baos filled with their soupy goodness.
Find Shop 1 165 Victoria Street