Ask an Aucklander what their favourite food is and chances are dumplings will rank pretty high. As massive fans of the tasty morsels ourselves, we rounded up Auckland’s best dumplings earlier this year. But because the dumpling love is so strong, we thought it was time to revisit this list (any excuse to eat dumplings, right?). Here are 10 more of the best dumpling joints in Auckland.
With a name like Flavour House, it’s no surprise the Dominion Road dumpling joint dishes up flavoursome dumplings. Be sure to try their signature xiao long bao (aka soup dumplings). Starring a juicy inside, half the fun is trying to consume the morsel without squirting dumpling juice on the person sitting opposite!
Owned by the same people behind Flavour House, it’s no wonder Xiao Dan is so delish! Located in the heart of Ponsonby (just opposite Ponsonby Central), we’re miffed as to how this place remains a hidden gem! You can nab 15 dumplings for just $15 here. Balmoral prices in Ponsonby? Yass!
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle
Balmoral, Auckland City, Howick & Albany
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle not only serve epic noodles, but they also serve epic dumplings. You can choose to have ‘em serve in steamed, poached, pan fried or in sour soup. We can go past the oh-so crispy pan-fried morsels. They’re filled with combos such as lamb and fennel, chicken and corn as well as beef and celery.
White + Wong’s
For fancier-than-your-average dumplings, visit White + Wong’s. They’ve got three creations to choose from: beef, shiitake and cumin shumai, chicken and lemongrass xiao long bao as well as prawn and coriander ha gao. There are four pieces per serve, their dumplings land on your table in stackable bamboo steamers.
While Jolin Shanghai isn’t much to look at from the outside, don’t let that put you off—they have a strong dumpling game. They’re known for their juicy xiao long (those are the soup dumplings, remember?). Choose between pork or pork with crab and get slurping—they’re the best soup dumplings in town!
Lucky Lucky Dumplings
At the helm of K Road’s Lucky Lucky Dumplings, you’ll find ex Ebisu chef, Yukio. It’s no wonder, then, that the dumplings are all sorts of awesome. The quirky eatery is equally awesome—it’s situated down a dark alleyway, they make balloon animals and have rude fortune cookies. It’s a dumpling experience like no other!
Mr Zhou’s Dumplings
A firm fave with New Lynn locals, those in outer suburbs are starting to cotton on to Mr Zhou’s Dumplings. Mr Zhou has a seemingly endless dumpling menu with pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian morsels. Choose to have yours boiled, fried or in a flavoursome broth. They even sell them frozen so you can make them at home—dumplings for breakfast!
Get amongst the hustle and bustle of yum cha at Newmarket’s Pearl Garden. The much-loved eatery has all the Chinese treats—skewers, soups, noodles, rice, peking duck and a dedicated dim sum menu. Here you’ll discover a wide range of dumplings including prawn and spinach, pork and cashew nut as well as duck and mushroom.
Tianze Dumpling House
Tianze Dumpling House know a thing or two about—you guessed it—dumplings! The BYO friendly joint serves all your faves (pork and chives, lamb and cumin, spicy beef etc) in exceptional style. Opt for boiled, steamed or fried and brace yourself for a dumpling coma. Pro tip: the sizzling eggplant stuffed with pork mince is also not to be missed.
The Rolling Pin
If there’s one thing Aucklanders love as much as dumplings, it’s food trucks. It was only a matter of time before a dumpling food truck entered the city’s food scene…and that time is now. Say hello to The Rolling Pin! Look out for the friendly folk at a market or festival near you to get amongst their exceptional, hand-crafted dumplings.
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