To many Hongkongers, it’s no secret that dumplings are the ultimate comfort food.
Stuffed with fresh, juicy ingredients and wrapped in a tender skin, dumplings pack huge amounts of flavour in a small bite.
The first sort of dumplings that come to mind may be the toothsome Guangdong wontons, filled with prawn and pork, and its heftier pleated sibling gao zi (or jiaozi). While beloved by many, let’s not overlook the other members of the dumpling family.
Whether it’s smooth, tender-skinned Northern Chinese dumplings, steamed or pan-fried; comforting, soupy Shanghainese xiaolongbao; South Asian momos dipped in spicy sauce; Japanese gyoza; or even Eastern European renditions made with potato, butter and sour cream; there’s dumplings in all shapes and sizes that are all worthy of appreciation.
For when the cravings hit, we’ve prepared a list of some of the best dumplings in Hong Kong — scroll down to check them all out.
1. Northern Dumpling Yuan
One of the main contenders in the Hong Kong dumpling scene, Northern Dumpling Yuan features an extensive menu of northern Chinese dumplings with reasonable prices — you won’t be spending more than HK$50 here for a plate of dumplings. The classic cabbage and pork dumplings are the go-to here, alongside other flavours such as leek and pork, fennel and beef, and even abalone, pork and bamboo shoot. For the same price, some of the best vegetarian dumplings in Hong Kong can also be found here.
For those looking for a heartier meal, there are various set meals with dumplings and a choice of noodles or rice noodles all at under HK$50. Add-ons of spicy sour soup and chilli oil can complement the simple, yet delicious set.
Northern Dumpling Yuan, various locations including: G/F, 259, Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2838 8486
2. Mak Kee
Featured on the 2020 Michelin Guide for Hong Kong, Mak Kee attracts long lines that spill over onto the street. Fragrant, crispy potstickers or juicy shengjianbao (pan-fried buns filled with soup) are the perfect street snack or affordable meal, and will only cost you HK$10 for three pieces each, and four xiaolongbao are only HK$24. Fans of Shanghainese food will also appreciate the scallion pancakes (just HK$6 a pop), which are sold from 3pm in limited quantities. A few outdoor tables are available for seating, but those worried about safety amid the pandemic can always opt for takeout.
Mak Kee, G/F, May Ka Mansion, 21-23 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong+852 2887 7851
3. Nom Nom Dumpling
Like Northern Dumpling Yuan, Nom Nom Dumpling is an established local chain with multiple locations. The menu is simple but comprehensive, focusing on classic flavours done right. We recommend the dumplings with matsutake, cabbage, and pork — the addition of the fragrant prized mushroom takes the classic cabbage and pork combination to the next level. Available steamed or pan-fried, they’re served with a little dish of lightly spicy matsutake sauce that we could just drink right up. Coriander lovers will also enjoy the coriander pork dumplings — there’s even the option to buy uncooked dumplings by the dozen to enjoy at home.
Though the Wan Chai shop is small, the interior does not feel cramped. It is relatively clean with enough seating room, even with social distancing in mind. To spice up an ‘al desko’ lunch, Nom Nom Dumpling is a great solution (it’s also available via Deliveroo).
Nom Nom Dumpling, various locations including: G/F, 44 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2873 6800
On stressful days where you need comfort food, and can’t choose between soup and dumplings, why not go somewhere that specialises in both? SoupDay offers Cantonese-style comfort food that is both health-conscious and refreshing. Though low in sodium and sugar, the dumplings are still delicious. Order a plate of Chiu Chow fun guo (dumplings with a translucent glutinous rice skin, often filled with peanuts and other ingredients) or vegetarian dumplings. Other dim sum favourites, such as har gau and siu mai are also on the menu. A more adventurous eater can opt for the king-sized soup dumpling. For a delicious night in, SoupDay is also available on Deliveroo.
SoupDay, G/F, 5 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2575 4805
5. Home Dumpling
As the name suggests, Home Dumpling offers home-style dumplings that are healthy, satisfying, and comforting, and won’t cost more than HK$50 for a plate of six. Among these classic flavours, vegetarians will enjoy the ominpork, pumpkin, and sweetcorn dumplings. On top of signature options, there are also three daily specials dumplings to choose from. There are also three daily set lunches on offer, with dumplings paired with rice noodles in soup, cold sesame noodles and a dessert soup or a drink. Tucked in the lanes of Central, this takeaway shop is best reserved for grab-and-go meals during the week.
Home Dumpling, G/F, 25 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9178 9269
6. Din Tai Fung
How could we forget about Din Tai Fung? With locations worldwide, it’s clear that diners find the xiaolongbao hard to resist. Expect to see crowds at the Hong Kong flagship store, especially on weekends and holidays. Through a glass window, customers can watch the chefs wrap each dumpling by hand at lightning speed. We can always count on the classic pork xiaolongbao to satisfy cravings, but diners looking to treat themselves can also try the popular black truffle xiaolongbao. For vegetarian and pescatarian friends, the vegetarian dumplings with mushrooms or the prawn dumplings are well worth trying.
Din Tai Fung, various locations including: Shop G3-11, G/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3160 8998
7. Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-Fried Buns
In a few short years, the popularity of Cheung Hing Kee has grown so much that there are now eight locations in Hong Kong. We know that Hongkongers love to queue, and for Cheung Hing Kee this is more than justifiable. The juicy shengjianbao are overflowing with soup and encased in a fluffy yet crispy exterior. For a filling snack, four of the pan-fried pork shengjianbao are the perfect deal. Can’t decide between the flavours? Luckily, you can opt for the six-piece combo to try two buns in each flavour: signature pork, shrimp, and black truffle.
Cheung Hing Kee, Shop 1A, G/F, 52-60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2690 0725
8. Dacha Restaurant & Bar
We know and love our Chinese dumplings, but a warm, filling pierogi can be just as comforting. Dacha Restaurant & Bar creates innovative Eastern European cuisine, with a range of pierogies on offer. Try the dainty Siberian Pelmeni, handmade dumplings with pork, dill, and light herb butter. Carnivores will enjoy the fragrant Cumin Lamb Manti filled dumplings with butter and sour cream. Pierogies, for the uninitiated, are larger than most Chinese dumplings, and are sure to fill you up — ideal as the colder weather sets in. Lastly, those wanting a break from meat can tuck into the Pierogi Ruskie, which are filled with potato, cheese, and caramelised onion. Instead of soy sauce or vinegar for Chinese dumplings, dip the pierogies in smetana (a type of sour cream) to complement all the flavours.
Dacha, G/F, 38-40 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2420 3555
9. Mashi no Mashi
Helmed by the same team behind Wagyumafia, Mashi no Mashi’s gyoza are highly praised by customers and are the perfect complement to a high octane beef-based ramen meal. Lightly pan-fried with a golden-brown crust, these gyoza are filled with succulent Ozaki wagyu mince. With the perfect fat-to-lean-meat ratio, these juicy Wagyu Gyoza make for a great appetiser or snack to share.
Mashi no Mashi, Shop 1B, G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, +852 2812 0500
10. Ho Lee Fook
No matter the occasion, diners can count on Ho Lee Fook to impress. With Chef Jowett Yu’s upscale spin on home-cooked Asian recipes, their decadent mains often steal the spotlight. Fortunately, their appetisers are equally delicious. For HK$98, enjoy a plate of chef Yu’s beloved ‘Mom’s “mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork” Dumplings.’ Dipped in the sacha soy dressing, the fresh cabbage mingles well with the savoury and spicy sauce.
Ho Lee Fook, G/F, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0860
11. Uncle Momo
Nepalese cloud kitchen Uncle Momo has been delivering fresh, homemade momos to happy customers in the Southside. Now, Uncle Momo is available on a takeaway-only basis from Fratelli, another member of the 8Creative Collective. One portion of Pork or Chicken Momos comes with eight pieces and costs HK$110. Planning a dumpling party at home? Take advantage of the deal to buy five portions (40 pieces) for just HK$400 only.
To place an order for direct delivery, WhatsApp +852 6274 4290 or find Uncle Momo on Deliveroo.
12. Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
Known for their refreshing Yuzu Ramen, Tokyo import Afuri also serves up a worthy contender for best dumplings in town. The signature Buta Gyoza is characterised with its delightfully crispy crust at the bottom, and filled with pork, green onion, ginger, garlic and cabbage, making for an enjoyable start to the meal without taking away from the main event. Another option is the Crispy Gyoza — deep fried with the same filling, and sprinkled with more green onion. It’s small but filling, and best enjoyed with a signature Afuri whiskey highball (HK$79) or Yuzu cocktail (HK$62).
Afuri Ramen + Dumpling, various locations including: I.T orange forest, 2/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 28152177
13. Dim Sum Library
Want a change from traditional dumplings? In that case, Dim Sum Library is the place to go. Spice up Sunday dim sum with Dan Dan Xiaolongbao — combining the spicy peanut broth of dandanmian with a typical pork xiaolongbao, these are dumplings offer a subtly spicy kick. For those wanting an upscale version of the trusty Cantonese shrimp dumpling, the black truffle har gau will be right up your alley. Lastly, fans of the sweet, fragrant flavour of black garlic will enjoy the black garlic siu mai, a family favourite.
Dim Sum Library, various locations including Shop 124, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3643 0088.
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