Want to know what’s better than a tasty lil’ snack? 12 of them. We can’t get enough dumplings, whether they’re for dim sum or dinner. We figured it’s time we revisited one of our most viewed articles for a 2021 update, featuring some old faves with a couple of new obsessions:
Bumplings’ Brendan Pang is a master(chef?) of uniting tradition with innovation. The menu is pared-down, getting straight to the nitty-gritty of what we really, really want to eat. Dumplings – served out of a lustrous, repurposed Airstream caravan, of course – include Sichuan chicken and prawn, veg with garlic soy, and crispy pork wontons with chilli mayo and Chinese pickles, with a few rice and noodle dishes for good measure.
The Sunshine Harvester Works, 1 James Street, Fremantle
Heading down Arcade 189 is like running the gauntlet of deliciousness. It’s almost impossible to make it from one end to the other without being tempted into something tasty… but we recommend you hold strong, and make it down to Munchy Monk. We’re not sticklers for authenticity, and luckily, neither are these guys. While there’s the classic Chinese dumplings on offer (think pork and cabbage or pork and prawn potstickers), you can also travel through Asia with Nepalese beef momo, Thai chicken dumplings, or go even further afield with hamburger dumplings. They’ve also got heaps of vego and vegan options for plant-based pals.
7/189 William Street, Northbridge
Authentic Bites Dumpling House
As the lines out the door will attest, Authentic Bites is a must-visit for Perth dumpling lovers. While you might have to wait for a table, the xiao long bao will make it worth your while, as will the spicy pork and prawn wontons. And if you’re curious about how these juicy parcels are created, just take a peek into kitchen to the process of how they are hand made!
Shop 3, 145 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Juicy Bao Bao
One location just isn’t enough – the dumpling masters at Authentic Bites expanded their operation to include Juicy Bao Bao. With more of a focus on clay pots, nevertheless Juicy Bao Bao will not disappoint when it comes to its namesake bao. Here you will find their signature xiao long bao, as well as other staples like pot stickers, pan fried pork buns and steam dumplings.
344 William Street, Northbridge
Needless to say, Northbridge has some stiff competition when it comes to dumplings, particularly next door to Authentic Bites. But Endless Delight is standing out amongst the crowd. Keeping things simple with hand made pork, chicken or vegetarian options, you can have you dumplings steamed, boiled or pan-fried.
5/145 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Little China Girl
The need for dumplings can strike at any time, and there’s no greater heartbreak than a “Closed” sign when the need arises. One of Northbridge’s newer additions, Little China Girl has got you covered until two (AM!) on the weekend, plus regular dinner service almost every other night. But whatever their opening hours, we’d be heading to Little China Girl for those mushroom dumplings with truffle oil, brown sugar walnut buns and Chiu Chow chicken and peanut. Hot damn. Dumplings, any time of the night or day – just as it should be.
68 Roe Street, Northbridge
If you’re looking for home-style jiaozi, you’d better head to Peoples Inn, stat. Serving up the Northern style staple pan-fried or boiled, you’ll find the classic fillings like prawn and pork or pork and cabbage, as well as less-often seen flavours, like beef and celery or mackerel, pork and chives. And while we’re dumpling lovers, it’s pretty hard to go past an extra order of the pan fried pies…
3/369 Hay Street, Perth
David’s Dumpling King
Nestled inside the international food mecca that is Coventry Village you can find David the Dumpling King. How prestigious! In spite of its regal name, this hole-in-the-wall is serving up some of the best value dumplings in Perth. Pick up a plate of 15 generously sized pan-fried dumplings, filled with your choice of pork, beef, chicken or veg – or grab some to cook up at home. What’s not to love?
Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
Another strong contender in the momo stakes has got to be Tasty Mo:Mo. This unassuming restaurant has a huge variety of the snacks on offer – not just steamed, but also pan fried, deep fried, or cooked in their tandoor. Add to that their array of fillings and sauces, and you’ll be opening your mind to all the momo possibilities in no time.
59c Walter Road West, Dianella
Little Magic Momo
When we talk about dumplings, we have to mention momos. Lucky for us, the Himalayan dumpling is available across Perth these days, with Little Magic Momo serving up some of the best. Chicken, veg or buff, the dumplings are served with a tangy tomato pickle and homemade chilli sauce.
286B Cambridge Street, Wembley
The Wang’s Treasure House
If the thought of Northbridge is a bit much for a weekend morning, Wang’s might be the place for you. While you’ll probably still have to wait for a table, you’ll be treated to some well executed dim sum staples at a reasonable price. Be prepared for the fast and furious trolley though…
4 Wellington Road, Morley
Header image: Little China Girl