Whether you like them steamed or fried, filled with pork or prawns and veggies, there's no deny dumplings are one of the greatest delicacies known to man. Simple to make and cheap to eat, dumplings can satisfy any cravings. Well known as a foodie's paradise, Melbourne has some of the country's best spots to fill your dumpling void, with our favourites listed below.
Found in both the CBD and Prahran, HuTong never fails to deliver the goods. Depending on where you're sat you can watch the masterful chefs cooking your dumplings as diners come and go frequently in this high turnover restaurant. Specialising in Shanghainese food from eastern China, the meals are smaller than most but are meant to be shared amongst friends, with the classic xiaolongbao – dumpling-esque creations filled with meat and soup – a must try.
A mecca for students looking to stuff their faces for a tenner, Shanghai Village is a no-frills establishment with the sole goal of serving the best dumplings at a cheap price. Constantly busy, you'll never wait more than a few minutes for your order to arrive, with a plethora of varieties of dumplings available. From your classic beef steamed dumplings to the more extravagant soup noodles with pork and vegetable option, Shanghai Village caters to all your needs.
Owned and operated by Meiyan Wang (aka Mama) - a former Chinese Government worker - ShanDong MaMa isn't the most inviting restaurant at first glance, but more than makes up for it with the brilliant food on offer. The canteen style setting can be a little off putting but once you've chowed down on a few unique fish dumplings you'll be cursing yourself for never eating here before. As well as a great selection of juicy dumplings there's a vast array of authentic Chinese dishes on the menu.
This dedicated dumpling spot on the competitive Brunswick Street in Fitzroy doesn't offer a huge variety of choices menu-wise, but every dish is packed with flavour and will have you ordering more than you can eat. If you're attending with a large group and looking to share, be sure to give the chef's selection menu a crack. You'll taste all the best dishes on the menu for just over 20 bucks. Bloody bargain.
I Love Dumplings
As the name alludes, dumplings are the specialty of this restaurant in the heart of the north. Choose from a wide range of steamed or pan-fried dumplings, with glutton free options also available. The chicken and corn dumplings are a highlight, and for an extra dollar, you can get them with a special Sichuan chilli sauce giving them an added kick. The best thing about I Love Dumplings is they're on UberEats, so there's no need to leave home to get your fix.
Acclaimed chef Neil Perry's take on Chinese cuisine means you'll be paying that little bit extra than your local but it's well worth the pain. A modern Chinese restaurant focusing on food from lesser known regions such as Sichuan, Hunan and Xinjiang, the lamb dumplings with chilli dressing are to die for.
Shanghai Dragon Dumpling House
My personal favourite, Shanghai Dragon Dumpling House isn't overly appealing from the outside with its dated interior and cramped seating, but the dumplings are out of this world. Despite always being busy and occasionally prickly staff, you won't be waiting long for a delicious serving of steamed or fried dumplings that will fill you up for less than a 20 dollar note.
163 Russel Street, Melbourne