Brisbane's best dumplings | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane's best dumplings

We’ll sign for these delicious packages.

Dumplings are quite possibly the best eats ever invented. They’re bite-sized, they’re juicy, and whether you like yours poached, steamed or pan-fried, you know that saying yes to a cheeky dumpling run of any sort will leave you feeling pretty wrapped.

Little Valley | Fortitude Valley

Dumpling lovers will be chuffed to know that Little Valley has five options on the menu, and that they’re all you’ve ever needed. Get your chopsticks around the spicy dan dan pork wonton, prawn and truffle har gow, chicken and chive wonton, lobster and chive har gow, or spicy pork xiao long bao (or E: all of the above).

New Shanghai | CBD

If the decor doesn’t get you in the door, the specialty soup dumplings just might! House-made in the ‘dumpling theatre’, order the crab meat XLB, lamb and leek dumplings, or the crowd fave shepherd’s purse and taste them for yourself! 

Phoenix | CBD

This export from the south serves up some seriously impressive dumplings; we’re talking fresh crab meat xiao long bao, prawn and snow pea dumplings, and black pepper beef shumai. Now that’s a menu worth rising from the ashes for… 

Little Red Dumpling | Various locations

It’s all in the name, brother. Little Red Dumpling’s menu has 11 dumpling offerings, including a healthy mix of traditional and trendy flavour combinations. Go for the pork and chives, and stay for the rainbow dumplings (a selection of dumplings in a colourful wrapping), or feast your way through the entire list.

Donna Chang | CBD

There’s dumpling about Donna… this gorgeous Sichuan and Cantonese-inspired restaurant is home to some of Brisbane’s most sensational dumplings, including their scallop and prawn wontons with aged black vinegar, spicy pork xiao long bao, or pork and chive dumplings with Sichuan black bean sauce. 

Mei Wei Dumplings| CBD

Dumpling by name, dumpling by nature. Mei Wei was a hit in its original location in Broadbeach, and the second instalment is already proving popular with its extended hawker-style menu winning friends. Don’t miss their signature xiao long bao, translucent veggie dumplings, or steamed chicken dumplings.

Bamboo Basket | Various Locations 

This traditional Chinese restaurant with two stellar locations to choose from is famous for its xiao long bao. Stuffed with juicy Shanghai pork mince, these steamed creations provide the best of both worlds: soup and dumplings combined into one. One bite will release a stream of delicate broth, flooding your mouth with flavour. Delish. 

Sono | Portside Wharf

Manners be damned, these crispy pan-fried pork gyozas are just too good not to scoff! Albeit simpler than the largely posh nosh on this modern Japanese menu, we’d happily chow down on a serve (or three) any day of the week. Extra points for the finger-licking dipping sauce. 

Fat Dumpling | Various Locations

Dumplings take a fancy turn down at Fat Dumpling. Hand made in front of you, these dumplings come fried, poached or steamed and in a myriad of flavours—our favourite is the poached chicken and asparagus, but the pan-fried pork and Chinese cabbage go down reeeeeal easy.


Better start practising those chopstick skills! 

Words by Ranyhyn Akui & Nicole Portacha
- the gourmands who love bite-sized food.