Dumplings, HuTong Dumpling House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba
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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.

Shanghai Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shanghai Street Dumpling

Join the ever-present, fast-moving queue to squeeze into this tiny dumpling den on Little Bourke Street and judge the xiao long bao for yourself.

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Dumplings at Shandong Mama, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shandong Mama

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

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China Red, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Hu Tong Dumpling House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

HuTong Dumpling House

Linger long enough at HuTong to give your scalding xiao long bao meat and soup dumplings time to cool, scoffing the rest of the menu while you wait.

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