If the dumpling density in this city is anything to go by, we can all safely say that Sydneysiders freakin’ love their dumplings. Whether you want your dumplings tea-steamed or laced together in a crispy web, here are our top picks for the best dumplings in Sydney. You’ll never have to go dumpling-less again.
Will watching your dumplings being made before your eyes ever get old? No, and New Shanghai do it in grand style. Slurp away on the soup dumplings as the legendary crab and pork dumplings are brought to your table.
Lan Yuan Restaurant
If you’re a fan Cantonese fare, Lan Yuan take it up a notch. Get your fancy pants on, and make sure they’re stretchy. You’ll struggle to pick what you want, but the dim sum menu will definitely help you out.
Tim Ho Wan
With a Michelin star under its belt, Tim Ho Wan is bursting at the seams. To avoid a wait you can book a private room with a group, and sample a little of everything. The wasabi salad prawn dumpling and spinach dumplings with shrimp are particularly big hits.
At Pu’er, tea and dumplings get steamy together—literally. Tea lovers will rejoice at the tea steamed dumplings, and if you’re not a tea drinker, Pu’er might just turn you into one. Sip delicately alongside steamers of soup dumplings and har gow, enjoying a bit of tea theatre while you’re at it.
Wang Wang Shanghai Silver Star
If all you want are dumplings ASAP, Wang Wang will be your new go-to. You’ll find all the usual suspects on the menu, from pork and chives to prawn to greens. Eat to your heart’s content without having to worry about the bill.
Dumpling and Noodle House
This teensy local dumpling house is teeming for good reason. At Dumpling and Noodle House, dumplings are made fresh with a range of fillings, and they offer pan-fried dumplings that are laced together in a crispy web. Vegetarians will especially appreciate the egg and chive dumplings.
Dumplings and Beer
Dumplings and Beer has a carefully curated menu that still manages to please everyone (and we’re not just referring to the fact that they’ve basically got a winning food and booze combo). Even your gluten free buddies won’t have to be deprived, and your vegetarian friends will relish the mushroom or vegetable gow gees.
Luyu and Yum Yum
This is modern Chinese done superbly. Splash out on one of the gorgeous caviar dumplings for something a little more special, or try a dessert dumpling. Then wash it all down in style with one of Luyu and Yum Yum's tea infused cocktails.
Venture further out west, or let Shanghai Night venture to you. Either way, these guys offer great traditional Chinese dumplings at a steal. Pro tip: if you’re ordering in, pick a steamed option to avoid de-crisped disappointment.
Din Tai Fung
Does Din Tai Fung need any introduction? Fortunately, this legendary global dumpling empire has had its staff trained with clinical precision. Watch your dumplings being made while you wait and don’t leave without trying the xiao long bao.
Mr Wong is where dumplings (and you) get luxury treatment. Try the jade seafood and ku chive or wild mushroom dumplings, and watch it come out from the bustling open kitchen. While you’re at it, drink you way all around China with their cocktails inspired by different provinces.
Lotus Dumpling Bar
If you’re looking for sunshine and beautiful dumplings that look as beautiful as they taste, head in to Lotus Dumpling Bar. Pretty plates of purple or tri-colour dumplings will be perfect fodder for both you and your Instagram feed.
Chinese Noodle House
Feeding hungry students nearby, the humble Chinese Noodle House resembles street food deliciousness and prices. They also happen to serve up substantial Northern Chinese dumplings too, that are perfect for carb lovers.
Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at New Shanghai