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You want dumplings, you say. Xiao long bao, pot stickers, steamed, fried, low-budget, fancy pants…you name it, Melbourne serves it with little dishes of soy, vinegar and chilli.

The city's best dumpling eateries range from cheaper-than-chips Camy Shanghai Dumpling where budget trumps service to the higher-end Hutong Dumpling House where punters need to book in advance to sample the famous xiao long bao. In between, tucked away in Chinatown arcades, China Red and Shandong Mama are ever popular, and tiny Shanghai Street on Little Bourke Street always has a queue leading out the door.

Further afield, restaurants in Box Hill such as local institution Dumpling King offer an excellent range of authentic dumplings.

Arm yourself with chopsticks and take your pick.

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Ricky & Pinky

Channel a night out in a country pub crossed with a Chinese restaurant circa 1972 at Andrew McConnell's Ricky & Pinky at the Builders Arms Hotel.


China Red

Touch-screen ordering and marine-animal-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you into this HuTong off-shoot, the novelty value surely will.


Shandong Mama

Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this humble family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from China's Shandong province.


HuTong Dumpling Bar

Demand is deservedly high here for an alluring menu of homemade dim sum, especially the exquisite xiao long bao, and other provincial delights.


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