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The Best Dumplings in Sydney
Sydney has plenty of great dumpling restaurants, that’s no surprise. What may surprise you though is that they aren’t all in Chinatown. In fact, they aren’t even exclusively Chinese. In my quest for the best dumplings, I was surprised to find myself indulging in cuisines from around Asia, and even parts of Europe.
Lotus Dumpling Bar
16 Hickson Road
Dawes Point, 2000
Lotus Dumpling Bar, nestled in The Rocks theatre district, is an absolute must for dumpling lovers. The trademark Lotus Xiao Long Biao dumplings are delicious soup-filled mouthfuls that come in a variety of flavours. Expect a colourful plate with spinach, carrot, pumpkin and an almost unrecognisable strawberry dumpling.
The Pan-Fried BBQ Pork Buns are an impeccable combination of salty and sweet, with a soup filling providing an unusual twist on this yum cha staple. Sitting inconspicuously in the sandstone wall opposite the Wharf Theatre, this intimate restaurant often books out so reservations are recommended.
Photo by lotusrestaurant.com.au
Din Tai Fung
World Square, 644 George Street
Din Tai Fung in World Square is one of Sydney’s most popular dumpling restaurants with good reason. They are renowned for their signature Xiao Long Bao dumplings which are definitely worth the hype, as are the crab meat, roe and pork dumplings. The only problem here is that their extensive, tick-the-box menu can make it difficult for dumpling lovers to decide on just a few.
Photo by julianparaiso
Chinese Noodle Restaurant
8 Quay St.
The ambiguously named Chinese Noodle Restaurant, tucked away in Haymarket, is a hidden gem that is seriously popular with locals. Go in on any weeknight and the tiny, two-part restaurant will undoubtedly be packed with dumpling lovers. The pork, chive and prawn dumplings are a highlight for the tastebuds and your wallet with a whopping ten pieces per serve.
If you’re looking for Chinese dumplings further out in Sydney, try Yang Zhou in Hurstville, Shanghai Night in Ashfield or Great Century Restaurant in Bankstown.
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9/15 Bayswater Road
Potts Point, 2011
Many Asian cuisines have their own delicious take on dumplings, such as Japanese gyoza and Korean kimchi dumplings. Harajuku Gyoza in Potts Point is a tastefully decorated Japanese restaurant. You can perch at the izakaya – the sit at bar – and watch the friendly staff make traditional morsels like grilled pork and poached duck and modern dessert-style gyoza including Nutella and banana and salted caramel with ice cream.
Photo by harajukugyoza.com
161 Glebe Point Road
If you’re ready to try a different dumpling altogether, look for European inspiration. Many eastern European cultures have their own take on the humble dumpling. Na Zdrowie in Glebe specialises in Polish cuisine, particularly Pierogi. These dumplings are fried dough filled with combinations of potato, cheese, mushroom or meat. They aren’t your typical dumplings, but they could easily become a new favourite.
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Writer – Jennifer. H