Not all dumplings are created equal – but at A Little Joy, a small stall operating out of the Kmart Centre, they're a cut above the rest. The shop sells a few different styles but specialises in shengjian bao, a yeast-filled bun that's pan-fried for a finish that's equally chewy and crisp. They come filled with pork, prawns or vegetables (vegetarians take note that all three are made with meat) and topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chives.
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