Who doesn't love dumplings? No one, that's who. So feast on these, our favourite dumpling dens in Sydney.
What's not to love about dumplings? They're morish and delicious, and you don't feel too guilty about tucking into a second or a third (they're only bite sized after all)! And because we are great lovers of dumplings too, we abide by the rule that even though they're quite synonymous with the Chinese dim sim platter, we're not going to limit ourselves to the Asian continent with this one. When you're looking for the best dumpling in Sydney, you have to expand your geographical limits – so to speak.
The term reaches all the way across the globe and into the hungry mouths and stomachs of Asians and Europeans. They can be filled or unfilled, wrapped in dough or wrapped in potato, sweet or savoury, eaten alone or cooked in broths and stews.
However you choose to eat them, it’s doubtful you’ll leave the table without feeling a little dumpy yourself - in the very best way, of course. Here’s what’s making our mouths water. And remember - sharing is caring. Not that we care.
Din Tai Fung (Chinese)
Shouldn’t really question a place that’s been hailed as the source of the “world’s tastiest dumplings” by a world renowned chef, should you? Each xiao long bao dumpling is made on the premises, cut to be exactly 6cm in diameter and weighed to be between 20.8-21.2g when stuffed. It’s true; these guys are in it for world dumpling domination. As for these babies? They're a special Chinese New Year's Day treat, shaped to represent the fact that it's the Year of the Sheep and filled with molten chocolate and taro. Yum!
Dumpling Cooking Class from RedBalloon
Want to learn the secrets of the trade? While this cooking class might not be with the masters behind Din Tai Fung, it is with a master of the Japanese dumpling trade and will see you craft four types of dumplings over 2.5 hours.View details
Harajuku Gyoza (Japanese)
Anyone who’s been to the notoriously kitsch and colourful Japanese district will notice what the guys at Harajuku are trying to bring here. Colourful wigs, bright lights and toilets that require way too much button mashing for such an everyday occurrence. Technology aside, Harajuku cooks their ‘bundles of happy’ gyoza crispy on the bottom and steamed juicy on top, which you can (read, will) wash down with a cold Jap beer.
- Where: 9-15 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
- Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, midday to late for lunch and dinner
- Facebook: Harajuku Gyoza
Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Pot Stickers, and More (Hardback) from The Book Depository
Inspired? Learn the art of dumpling making in the comfort of your own home. Whether it's gyoza, spring rolls or pot stickers you'd care to master - this Asian Dumplings cookbook will see you making it like a pro in no time.View details
Na Zdrowie (Polish)
When the weather cools down and there’s a call for comfort food and cheerful company you need to walk through the homely doors of Na Zdrowie and order a serving of traditional pierogi - made boiled or fried and filled with anything from white cheese, potato and sour cream to mushroom and sauerkraut. But be sure to make a booking first - this place packs out. Na Zdrowie!
- Where: 161 Glebe Point road, Glebe
- Opening Hours: Daily 6pm-10.30pm
- Facebook: Na Zdrowie
Perogi Love Cookbook from Booktopia
Ever wondered how to make those little Polish morsels of goodness? Try this book for size. It includes everything from traditional fillings to the more unique.View details
Having just opened in February (2014), the newest Korean on the beat is Kim. And, as its namesake suggests, it kills it on the kimchi. Fact: there’s so much kimchi in this Korean palace, even one of its Mantoo dumplings oozes with the stuff - along with chilli and shallots. Oh yeah.
- Where: 24-30 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point
- Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5pm-10pm
- Find out more: Kim
Luyu & YumYum
Opened 1 April 2015 (no joke) to family and friends, and weeks later to the public, this dumpling house holds many secrets - the least of which is the tea-infused flavours that flow through its dishes. From tea cocktails to tea dumplings, it's difficult to decide just what to make an order of. Well, let us decide for you: 1) The Mr Luyu Mixed Steamer of three signature dumplings 2) the Caviar Dumplings, and 3) a pot of one of the handpicked teas. Or the tea cocktails. We don't judge.
- Where: Level 1, 196 King Street, Newtown
- Opening Hours: Lunch: Tues-Sun 12pm-3pm | Dinner: Tues, Wed & Sun 5:30pm-10:15pm, Thurs-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
- Find them on Facebook: Luyu & YumYum
Lotus Dumpling Bar (Chinese)
Nothing quite compares to a dumpling dinner with a waterfront view. The Lotus xiao long bao come in two kinds: plain traditional or in a fluoro-injected colour. If you’ve never tried a bright green Jade seafood dumpling, with spinach flavored dough, you will tonight.
- Where: 3/16 Hickson road, Walsh Bay
- Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, noon-late
- Facebook: Lotus Dumpling Bar
Missy K (Asian)
Tucked away in leafy Paddington and only open for dinner, Missy K is a food, booze and tea house that's been around for years, yet rarely gets a mention in the "best dumpling" lists... until now. Once you've discovered this little respite of handmade delights however, you won't be able to pass up the chance for a repeat offend. They make a variety of traditional, quality steamed dumplings (e.g. pork & coriander, prawn & scallop, snowpea & crab) and pan fried gyoza and also make a mean Peking duck pancake.
- Where: Shop 1, 160 Flinders St, Paddington
- Opening Hours: Daily 5:30pm-9:30pm
- Facebook: Missy K
Donny’s may only be a couple of months old, but it’s quickly become a finder favourite for those on the other side of the bridge seeking prawn gar-gee, soft BBQ pork buns and pork ‘n’ chive dumplings that are bursting with flavour. Order plenty to share then polish them off with a cocktail and a dance. Donny’s orders.
- Where: 7 Market Lane, Manly
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm-midnight; Friday and Saturday, midday-midnight; Sunday, midday-10pm
- Facebook: Donny’s
The Coachmen (Ukrainian / Siberian)
Double dumpling hit and a bit of a misnomer. The outfit is Russian, but one of the dumplings is not. Potato lovers should line their stomachs with Ukraine’s answer to the potato dumpling,Vareniki, while carnivores can opt to fly to Siberia on their meat filled Pelmeni, served in a clear soup and topped with sour cream.
- Where: 763 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
- Opening Hours: Daily 6.30pm-11.30pm
- Facebook: The Coachmen
Where to go for dumplings in Melbourne
Are you heading to Melbourne for a bit, but not quite sure where to go for the best dumplings? No sweat, being the dumpling fiends that we are, we know exactly where you should hit up, too.
Melbourne City Dumpling Walking Tour ($69) from RedBalloon
Two hours of walking the city, smelling the irresistible flavours of freshly baked dumplings? Yeah, it's our idea of heaven, too. This small group tour will take you through Melbourne's laneways and Chinatown in search of the best dumplings in the city. Now that you know where to go, you can keep coming back for more whenever you're in town.View details
Delicious Dim Sum Cooking Class ($139) from RedBalloon
Found yourself with a little more time than expected in Melbourne? Why not make an event of it with this delicious dim sum cooking class? You'll learn the art of dim sum making (including spring rolls and siu mai) and get to eat your successful packages of goodness, too.View details