Amongst my group of friends, dumplings are a collective favourite. We regularly argue about who makes the best, but with such a good selection of dumpling restaurants in Canberra, we are never disappointed no matter where we end up.
So if you’re like us and have regular cravings for these little parcels of heaven, I’ve picked out five places you can get your dumpling fix tonight.
5. Shanghai Dumpling Cafe
Shanghai Dumpling Cafe is located on Childers Street near ANU. They are always busy, so you might have to wait for a table, but their dumplings are consistently good and pretty inexpensive. I’m a big fan of their vegetable dumplings with special sauce. I don’t know what they put in that sauce, but it takes a plate of veggie dumplings to a whole new level.
4. Dickson Dumpling House
Another busy, cheap and cheerful dumpling restaurant is Dickson Dumpling House on Cape Street in Dickson. They serve up a big range of dumplings and while their customer service isn’t the best, their dumplings are pretty good. Try their prawn and pumpkin dumplings for something a little different.
3. Jade Dumpling Noodle House
Located in Gungahlin, Jade Dumpling Noodle House serves up dumplings, noodles and a plethora of other Chinese dishes to hungry northsiders seven days a week. And if you’re from south of the lake like me, I’m told the xiao long bao (mini steamed pork bun) and spicy wontons (vegetable and pork wontons in a spicy dipping sauce with chives) are well worth the drive up north.
2. CBD Dumpling House
CBD Dumpling House, located on Scotts Crossing in the City, is a big restaurant that is always busy. Every Friday night, there’s a line out the door of people waiting to get their dumpling fix. One of my favourite things about this restaurant is the big window into the kitchen. You can sit up at the bar and watch the chefs prepare the dumplings you’re about to eat – and they are always so friendly!
Located on Bunda Street in the City, Akiba is for those occasions when you want to step up your dumpling game from cheap and cheerful to a little more on trend. While their dumpling selection is small, they are big on taste and quality. I recommend you try their shiitake and water chestnut dumplings – with their slight water chestnut crunch and added kick from the red vinegar and chilli oil sauce, these are some of the best dumplings out.
So tell me, where do you go to get your dumpling fix in Canberra?