Where are the best Sydney dumplings?
Our travel and lifestyle editor Julia takes us to the best Sydney dumpling restaurants around.
The old saying “good things come in small packages” couldn’t be truer when discussing all things dumplings– after all, those tiny pillows of deliciousness are deceptive enough to put you right into a food coma. So when it comes to Sydney’s dumpling scene, we have lifted the lid on where to savour the best dumplings.
Chinese Noodle Restaurant
The aesthetics may not match with the good taste it delivers, but this hole-in-the-wall joint is a Chinatown institution. The place may seem in desperate need of an interior decorator with its tapestries and fake grapevines draping its walls and ceilings, but that is what gives this intimate restaurant its charm.
Located just around the corner from Paddy’s Market, Chinese Noodle Restaurant is popular with university students, and nearby workers for its rock bottom prices and of course, authentic Northwest China bites. Its onsite handmade noodles and dumplings draw the crowds for its decent portion sizes and flavours. Braised eggplant dumplings and pork and chive dumplings are standouts as well as its Peking-style pork pancakes. With that said, expect to roll out of here.
Service is prompt, but if you do find yourself waiting outside to score yourself a stool, you may be lucky enough to be entertained by the resident violinist that plays to a waiting hungry crowd on occasion.
With food on the cheap and a buzzing atmosphere, Chinese Noodle House is the ultimate dollar dazzler in the Sydney dumpling’s department.
Chinese Noodle Restaurant, 8 Quay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Your bamboo basket just got a little bit fancy.
Follow the dangling birdcages down Angel Place to swoop on contemporary dumplings at the chic modern Asian fusion restaurant, China Lane. This inner city gem mixes seasonal flavours with traditional, taking your taste buds into overdrive with the amount of good bite each dump contains.
China Lane’s vegetarian dumpling option includes a flavour pow-wow concoction of Asian mushroom, garlic, chive and pinenut. Its prawn dumplings follow suit with excellent flavour; combined with sugar snap peas and water chestnut and served with a dash of Chinese red vinegar.
If you do suffer from a case of dumplings overload (a very extreme case), there are also Asian-inspired tapas share plates on offer (wok and fried, spicy and wet and vegetarian sub-options) to give the chopsticks a workout.
China Lane, No. 2 Angel Place, Sydney 2000
Time to head Inner-West to the closest thing to Shanghai – New Shanghai.
Ashfield’s dumplings darling may have spread itself across Sydney (other locations here), but its authentic heart still beats in its original store. New Shanghai’s popularity is all thanks to its classic Xiao Long Bao and pan-fried pork buns, using recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next. It’s not just lip-smacking dumplings on offer; we recommend getting a serve of their drunken chicken and braised pork belly dishes to mix things up.
Bring a crew, bring some coins as New Shanghai serves dumplings by the dozen on the cheap.
New Shanghai Ashfield, 273 Liverpool Road Ashfield, 2131
Din Tang Fung
This roundup would not be complete without the mention of Din Tai Fung.
The Taiwanese dumpling institution acts as the ultimate dumpling tease with its most-sought soupy signature pork dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) pressed and folded together right before your very hungry eyes on site. Its Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai is also a flavour frontrunner in the dumpling popularity contest and is a popular dish with the masses.
With all dumplings treated equal (carefully measured and weighted for the same size), you can expect Din Tai Fung to deliver on lip-smacking flavours by the mouthful.
With nine locations around Sydney, let Google Maps get you en route to your nearest Din Tai Fung faster than you can heat a bamboo steamer.
Din Tang Fung, various locations
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Julia D’Orazio, a travel, entertainment and lifestyle Journalist.
One out of four, food loving, metal head, dance floor diva and 80s fashionably dressed love child all rolled into one.
I believe in being a life enthusiast; not holding back on the things you want to do; taking chances; making genuine connections with people, and experiencing the best of humanity and what Mother Nature has presented us (food included).