There was a bit of debate about whether we should tell you about Authentic Bites Dumpling House or not. On the one hand, it’s basically the best dumpling house in Perth and it’s a stone’s throw from our office, but on the other hand? Well, there are already queues here Every. Single. Day—at lunch and dinner—and we kind of wanted to keep it a secret! But I guess we’re too nice for our own good, so here we are.
We aren’t joking when we say there are queues all the time! Authentic Bites open at 11:30am for lunch and there’s a line by 11:45, with a similar situation at dinner time. They don’t take bookings but trust us when we say it’s worth lining up for, and the wait isn’t usually too long.
So what’s all the fuss about? Everything. There isn’t a dish that we’ve tried that we didn’t love. But let’s take a moment to talk about the pork xiao long bao. You might know these as shanghai soup dumplings, but if you’re still lost, all you really need to know is that it’s like biting into soup INSIDE a dumpling and it’s amazing. They’re the first thing on the menu and you absolutely cannot leave without ordering these.
You should also try the pan fried kimchi dumplings while you’re there. 12 dumplings, pan fried to crunchy perfection with the tastiest filling ever!
The wontons in spicy sauce are another one of our faves. Filled with tender, juicy pork and prawn and topped with delicious spicy sauce, you’ll be fighting your friends for the last of these.
If you’re on your own, the dumpling soup is the way to go—it’s like a hug in a bowl and it’s the best mid-week lunch you’ll ever get!
So get there early, try and get a seat where you can watch the dumpling pros in action through the glass window and then dig in! You can thank us later.
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