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The best dumplings in Melbourne

Can't get enough dumplings, Melbourne? Get a bamboo steamer full of happiness at these Melbourne dumpling dens

Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Whoever coined the phrase "the best things come in small packages" had definitely just eaten a bowl of dumplings. Luckily for us, this city does a fine line in dim sum: here are the best dumpling houses in Melbourne.

While we're on a related topic, you may also want to check out our top picks for Melbourne's best Chinese restaurants or go for an apperitif in one of Chinatown's best bars while your dim sum settles.

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ShanDong MaMa

Here it is all about the fish dumplings – they may not be the most beautiful dumpling you've ever eaten, but they have some serious Chinese pedigree behind them. These little, tasty parcels are all handmade and the filling features plenty of fragrant ginger and coriander root.


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Tim Ho Wan

If you're heading to Tim Ho Wan, go the traditional route. The old-school dumplings come in the form of the arrestingly translucent casings containing a wealth of garlicky spinach and some shyly hiding shrimp meat (we say nix the prawn and give it to the vegetarians). 

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Din Tai Fung

Expect Din Tai Fung's signature crowd-pleasers: the glass-enclosed dumpling kitchen, xiao long bao, rainbow-bright Dumpling Gems in seven flavours (pictured) and chefs who operate with a Heston-like fanaticism for detail.

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Lost Heaven

This Sichuan kitchen from the Hutong Group doesn’t stint on chilli or garlic. If you love your food on the hot side, you’ll be in heaven; if you fear the chilli sweats, risk the waiters’ scorn and ask for a more mild take on the signature dishes.

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At Man Tong's older sibling they don't smile a lot – they don't have to. There's always a queue here and the goods are well worth the wait. Order up a round of soup dumplings, and if you can manage it, follow them with some steamed, gelatinous pork belly.

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David Zhou’s formal Chinese restaurant has had a make-under. Gone are the plush banquettes and novelty lamps, replaced with distressed school chairs, share tables, and a pristine white wash paint-job. Your placemat is the menu, and it’s spruiking regional-style share dishes.

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Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant

The Shanghai Dumpling House has been a part of the Chinatown culinary scene since, well, forever. Don’t let the near-inevitable queue put you off – things move quickly. Within 10 or so minutes, you'll be presented with all the dumplings you can eat.

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The Oriental Teahouse

At OTH it’s all about the cha (tea). The food selection is moderate, and except on weekends it’s tray service, but the ha gow are sweet, the Peking duck is on the money, and the tea offering is the second to none. Try the rich duck dumplings countered by a fat-busting Irn Buddha oolong brew.

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South Yarra

Golden Dragon Palace

The fight for parking is worse than Chadstone Shopping Centre on Christmas Eve and hordes of multi-generational families can be seen streaming through the door of this popular yum cha joint. Join them for ha gow (prawn dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings) with spicy XO sauce.

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Templestowe Lower

Spice Temple

Neil Perry's dumplings are exactly as well turned out as you'd expect from the upmarket Chinese establishment in the casino. Head here for the supplest har gao in town, plus prawn wantons in chilli oil and some excellent house made pork rolls.

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By: Gemima Cody