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.