Best dumplings in America
Dumplings are the star of Wu Chow’s fun, interactive Sunday dim sum brunch: look for bite-size potstickers and shumai, and share them with your tablemates. Still hungry? Keep ordering, as the dishes come fast. Shrimp and cilantro dumplings, pork potstickers and the top-selling Shanghai pork soup dumplings are some of the most popular picks. For drinks, you can opt for a potent Tsingtao Shandy (baijiu, fresh ginger, lime and Tsingtao beer) or a teapot of chrysanthemum tea, served in a glass pot with a blooming flower.
Originally named T&S Seafood, New Fortune found its new home in the Chinatown shopping center. During the week, the restaurant offers a full menu of Chinese seafood specialties. During the weekend, the cart-served fare focuses on excellent dumplings. No matter which variety you opt for—choose from shrimp har gow, xiao long bao and more—you can’t go wrong.
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This no-frills D.C. favorite has long been beloved by locals for its rigorously authentic variety of dumplings served at low prices. As the name promises, the extensive menu offers more than ten types of dumplings, from sweet, delicate shrimp and chive to bold beef and onion. Can’t choose between pork and shrimp? Opt for the “Treasure Delight,” plump little potstickers stuffed with both.
Portland is blessed with a variety of excellent Taiwanese restaurants; one of the newcomers is this bright, modern Sellwood spot. The limited menu brims with craveable dishes like spicy noodles tossed with minced pork and shiitake mushrooms and bao stuffed with tender braised beef. We love the sheng jian bao, soup dumplings that manage the delicate feat of being seared until crispy on the bottom.
Utilizing local and sustainable ingredients, this sibling-run restaurant and food truck serves craveable Chinese-American fare that Bostonians can’t get enough of. At its bright, sunny brick-and-mortar, diners gather at communal tables to feast on fusion-y small plates like dan dan noodles with fried Brussels sprouts and charred cabbage salad with cranberries. We’re obsessed with the Szechuan-influenced cumin lamb dumplings, stuffed with juicy meat then seared until crisp and served with cooling celery root puree and spicy chile oil.
This sleek Asian bistro has been a favorite of the Mile High City since opening its doors in 2010. The varied menu presents flavors from all over the Asian continent: think Vietnamese lobster crepes with nuoc cham and Burmese tea leaf salad with nuts and seeds. Its wildly inventive soup dumplings combine two eternal classics: Shanghainese xiao long bao and French onion soup. Inside a stretchy, Chinese-style wrapper, the steamed dumplings burst with rich onion soup and oozy, melty Gruyere cheese: they’re a must-try.
Dining at this Fontainebleau Miami Beach branch of the legendary London eatery is for high rollers only: even a handful of appetizers comes with a $100-plus price tag. But if you can afford the splurge, you won’t regret it. Behind the scenes, chef de cuisine Jian Heng Loo utilizes the restaurant’s $1 million kitchen (yes, really) to perfection, churning out perfectly executed Cantonese classics, of which the stars are undoubtedly the dumplings, in varieties such as steamed squid ink har gau with caviar and steamed lobster dumplings.
At this classic, no-frills Chinatown spot, you can get the exemplary xiao long bao en masse and on the cheap. An order nets you eight dumplings, filled with pork and broth and sized just right (crucial, when you’re talking broth-filled XLB).
Located inside the Atlanta Chinatown Mall food court, this hand-pulled noodle stall is an Atlanta favorite for cheap, filling and authentic Shanghainese Chinese food. The soup dumplings here are the best in the city, little purses of stretchy dough containing rich pork broth and tender meat. The bouncy, fresh-made noodles are not to be missed, either.