Best Takeaway Dumplings in Melbourne

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Wandering through Chinatown with a bottle of wine in hand and some friends in tow, looking for a dumpling place that doesn’t have a lengthy queue, is a quintessential Melbourne dining experience. Of course, it’ll be a while before any of us can do that again. Thankfully, we still have the dumplings.

At some of these restaurants, dumplings are the headline act – and you can get them delivered (either ready-to-eat or frozen) whenever the spirit moves you. At other spots, the dumpling dishes are supporting – but scene-stealing – actors that are just too good not to mention.

With Melbourne now in stage four lockdown, fingers crossed you live within five kilometres of one of these places (for takeaway) or within the wider delivery zones.

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  • This staple is doing delivery via Uber Eats Easi, but you can also stop by to order takeaway. There are about 15-odd dumpling dishes to choose from, and you can also pick up some frozen dumplings to heat at home.

  • Xiao long bao are little bundles of winter joy. They combine the carb-y excellence of dumplings with the warm comfort of soup – all in one beautiful parcel. HuTong makes the best xiao long bao in Melbourne, and is offering delivery from its Prahran location (the CBD might jump online soon, though). The rest of the expansive menu is also available, from peking duck dumplings to fluffy pork buns. You can find HuTong on all the major delivery apps.

  • Offering its full menu for takeaway. Just show up, order and wait – old-school style. Delivery available through Easi, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

  • Most of the menu from Andrew McConnell’s beloved Japanese-ish diner is available for takeaway via Providoor (including that lobster roll). There's also a massive dumpling, bun and bao banquet available for $120.

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  • One of the unexpected silver linings of the pandemic is that many restaurants are now doing frozen versions of their best dishes. We’d rather be eating out at restaurants, but our freezers have never looked so luxe. Din Tai Fung’s dumplings are ready-to-eat, but the chain has also been working on a range of frozen dumplings, which means you get to enjoy dumplings as they should be eaten: piping hot. Order here.

  • This Prahran institution may be taking a break from takeaway, but there’s still an ample range of dishes to choose from on Providoor, including seven dumpling options, all of which are easy to heat and eat at home.

  • China Red's getting in on the takeaway dumplings too. The whole menu's available on Uber Eats, including its stacked dumpling line-up (almost every dumpling dish is available to order frozen or ready to eat).

  • The original Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong was once the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. Even though the Melbourne outpost doesn’t have Michelin stars, the dumplings there are dumplings of distinction. You can order pick-up by calling (03) 9663 9691, or you can get delivery on all of the major apps.

  • Chin Chin is best known for its serpentine queues and fiery curries, but the dumplings on the menu have long been quiet achievers. The prawn siu mai, barramundi and ginger dumplings, and pork and chive wontons are all very worthwhile – on their own or as a starter or a side dish. Order here.

  • This pan-Asian Chapel Street diner has a takeaway menu that’s full of crowd-pleasers, and the dumpling section is no different. Flavours include prawn and ginger, mushroom and garlic, and the classic pork and chives

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  • Chef Khang Ong won hearts on Masterchef, bringing attention to the excellent menu he’s created for The George. The online shop offers bottled cocktails and a variety of very date-nigh-friendly banquets (that come with dumplings).

  • This small eatery is dedicated to the cuisine of the Shaanxi province, in China's northwest. On the takeaway menu you'll find dishes such as saucy biang biang noodles and Chinese cumin lamb burgers. There are pork dumplings, fried chive dumplings and chicken prawn wontons to order.

  • For this lockdown, Lee Ho Fook has put together a tight selection on its online shop. Choose from a DIY Peking duck at home situation, or go in on the handmade dumplings (it's $25 for 18). There's also a small range of condiments. The dumplings seem to be sold out right now but there should be more available soon.

  • Dumplings play a support role on Spice Temple's Providoor menu. They appear in all of the big banquets and you can also order the prawn wontons and shiitake vegetable dumplings individually.