Whether you’re planning a decadent dumpling tour around our great nation or are simply hoping for a hot tip on the tastiest treat in your town, help has arrived! After some extensive (and very delicious) research, we’ve compiled a list of different dumplings across Australia.
From state to state, plate to plate, we discovered they’re all pretty great!
Read on for our comprehensive dumpling dossier.
Dumpling Type: Har Gow (Hong Kong)
Where to Go: Oriental Tea House, 378 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Competition is stiff in Melbourne, but Oriental Tea house is the place for a prawn dumpling. Cooped up on Little Collins Street in the CBD, the Oriental has a har gow you won’t soon forget. Be sure to get their early; on the weekends the line can stretch around the block.
Dumpling Type: Dango (Japan)
Where to Go: Ginza Miyako, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
Hoping to finish your meal off with a dessert-style dumpling? Look no further than Adelaide’s Ginza Miyako. Right in the middle of the city, Ginza is Japanese cuisine at its finest. Here, the dango comes served alongside a black sesame creme brûlée. We’ll take five please.
Dumpling Type: Momo (Nepal)
Where to Go: Tibetan Kitchen, 216 Petre Terrace, Spring Hill
Tibetan food is worth travelling for so it’s time to take a little road trip. Spring Hill, about five minutes from Brisbane’s CBD is home to Tibetan Kitchen, a restaurant serving up seriously good momos. The dumplings are typical Tibetan style – steamed meat or vegetables with coriander, ginger, and garlic, and a little homemade chutney.
Dumpling Type: Potstickers (USA)
Where to Go: Dumplings Plus, 269 Swanston Street, Melbourne
After more than ten years in the dumpling business, Melbourne’s Dumplings Plus has perfected the art. They have chains throughout Melbourne, but head to the Swanson Street store for the full experience. Their handmade potstickers are a standout, ten carefully crafted pork pockets that will leave you salivating for days.
Dumpling Type: Knodel (Germany)
Where to Go: Knodel European Dumplings, 52 Waterloo Street, Sydney
Finally, the Sydney food scene has an entire store dedicated to European Dumplings! Knodel exclusively dishes up dumplings from middle and eastern Europe. It’s hard to go past their hometown speciality, the knodel. Whether it’s sweet or savoury the knodel is a no brainer!
Dumpling Type: Xiao Long Bao (China)
Where to Go: Din Tai Fung, Lv 1, Shop 11.04, 644 George St, Sydney
Din Tai Fung is a dumpling institution in Sydney and their flagship food is undoubtedly Xiao Long Bao. The signature steamed dumpling is a juicy meat filled morsel, wrapped in a melt-in-your-mouth skin with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds.
Dumpling Type: Gnocchi (Italy)
Where to Go: Cantina 663, 663 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, Perth
They really know how to do a good pasta in Perth and if you’re going to carbo-load then head straight for Cantina 663. Hidden away in Mount Lawley, the iconic Italian eatery serves up a knock your socks off gnocchi! Pan fried with buffalo mozzarella, it’s perfection. Added bonus, the restaurant holds a weekly 2-hour masterclass where you can learn to make your own gnocchi. Where do we sign up?
Dumpling Type: Samosa (India)
Where to Go: Punjabi Palace, 135 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
South Brisbane’s West End is the single best spot to get your samosa fix. The Punjabi Palace has been plating up legendary samosas since it opened. Crispy and golden on the outside with potatoes and peas on the inside, it’s a samosa that finds beauty in its simplicity.
Dumpling Type: Mandu (Korea)
Where to Go: Seoul Ria, 2/605 George Street, Sydney
Probably Australia’s most popular Korean eatery, Seoul Ria is loud, proud and completely crazy. The minute you enter you’ll see patrons chowing down on mandu. Seoul Ria knows how to do it right. Served as “Manduguk” on the menu, the dumplings are to die for. Floating in an aromatic, satisfyingly salty beef broth, stick with this and you can’t lose.