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The Best Dumplings in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / January 28, 2015

best dumplings torontoThe best dumplings in Toronto will always have the satisfying warmth that biting into a freshly-made dumpling will give you. The perfect comfort food for cold winter days, these little nuggets of deliciousness will pack the perfect punch for you, whether you eat them straight up, with a side of vinegar, doused in soy sauce, or dipped in hot chilli sauce. The restaurants here tend to be a little on the simple side, but that really only adds to the homey feel. After all, you don't look for a fancy maitre'd when you visit your parents' place for a home-cooked meal, do you?

Here are the best dumplings in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Chinese Restaurants In Toronto
The top 10 Chinese restaurants in Scarborough
The top 10 cheap Chinese restaurants in Markham and Richmond Hill
The Best Late Night Chinese In Toronto
The Best Dim Sum in Toronto
The Best Chinese Restaurants in Mississauga

Writing by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the twitter and his own mansion.

Mother's Dumplings

Mother's Dumplings

Is there a name that conjures up more warmth and comfort than Mother’s Dumplings? Now with two locations, the delicate dumplings here are made using the owner’s mother’s special recipe (hence the name), and are prepared fresh in-store everyday. The standard meat dumplings are tasty, and my personal favourite is the one with chives and pork. Enjoy them with a side of their stir-fried eggplant dish for a complete meal. More »

Dumpling House (Spadina)

Dumpling House (Spadina)

This place is so small, it’s really more of a room rather than a house, but that doesn’t deter the numerous loyal customers that frequent this Chinatown restaurant. The spinach and mushroom dumplings here are both light and flavourful, while the house special fried beef rolls provides a nice heavier complement to your meal. Lineups can get super-long during mealtimes, so plan accordingly. More »

Ding Tai Fung

Ding Tai Fung

Fact — there is no Asian household in York Region who hasn’t heard of Ding Tai Fung. Not to be confused with Din Tai Fung, the wildly popular international dumpling chain, this popular upscale restaurant serves up excellent soup-filled dumplings (xiao long bao) — the crab variety is my favourite. You can also watch the chefs hand-make your dumplings in a see-through kitchen, making the whole meal an interesting dinner and a show. More »

Chinese Dumpling House

Chinese Dumpling House

Probably the most unimaginative-sounding dumpling restaurant, this little hole-in-the-wall joint freshly prepares oodles of dumplings and serves them up to you fast and cheap. With fifteen dumplings an order, it’s easy to get satisfyingly full here. The ambience is mediocre, but the food is excellent More »

Dumpling King

Dumpling King

Located in the excellent food corridor known as Northtown Way, this small (and I mean tiny) restaurant will certainly make you feel like a king after gorging on their smooth-tasting steamed egg and chive dumplings. They also offer quite a bit of fried varieties, if that’s more your taste. Service is very sparse, though (they often only pop in just to take and deliver your order) so you can pretend as if you’re actually eating in someone’s kitchen. If that’s not your thing, then make sure you get your food to go. More »

Chinese Traditional Buns

Chinese Traditional Buns

CTB (that`s what the cool kids call it) is a near-invisible basement joint in Chinatown that specializes in all sorts of dumplings. I’ve been told that their cooking style is supposed to evoke the flavours of dumpling street vendors in China, which is funny because the place is so small you may actually feel like taking your food out to the street. The pork dumplings here are popular, and if you want something non-dumpling related, the spicy Dan Dan noodles are uber delicious. The place does look like it’s got some questionable hygiene standards, though, so caveat emptor yourselves. More »

Northern Dumpling Kitchen

Northern Dumpling Kitchen

A favourite among locals in the York Region area, Northern Dumpling Kitchen is located within the back of Times Square mall and is a bit of a hidden gem. The whole place feels more like a restaurant that serves dumplings as opposed to a specialty dumpling joint, but don’t let that deter you, as the egg and chive dumplings here are among my favourites. They also have a smorgasbord of spicy dishes, and to top it all off, they’ve got lunch specials for under $7. It’s everything a growing boy/girl needs. More »

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

If you’re craving that sweet-savoury freshness the dumplings at Ding Tai Fung but are either a) not a big fan of the huge crowds there or b) uncontrollably fearful of the frozen north known as Markham, then head to Xiao Long Bao. This newly opened restaurant is spacious, bright, and owned by the same people who operate Ding Tai Fung. Try the northern-style shrimp and pork shao mai dumplings and of course, the eponymous soup-filled dumplings. More »

Dumpling House (Gerrard)

Dumpling House (Gerrard)

Great potstickers and flavourful soup-filled dumplings rule the roost here at this small but very clean restaurant. They all go great with a side of their special fried noodles (zha jiang mian). Service is fast and friendly, and they offer a rather extensive menu which includes a lot of non-dumpling options, so everyone in the family can join in! More »

Discussion

39 Comments

akswun / January 28, 2015 at 02:25 pm
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Was really disappointed with Mothers last year. Haven't been back since.
I co-sign on Ding Tai Fung which I tried for the first time in December.

But Xiao Long Bao is my absolute favorite right now. The only place I feel rivals any soup dumpling anywhere(is there another place in Toronto?) and I would say even better than New Yorks Shanghai Joes. For this reason I feel Northern Chinese dumplings are the best.
D! / January 28, 2015 at 02:28 pm
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The address for Ding Tai Fung is wrong, it's actually in First Markham place, East of Woodbine.

The Dumpling King is confusing as the blurb references the Dumpling King in North York, by Yonge&Finch, whereas the link inside is a different Dumpling King in Scarborough
nat / January 28, 2015 at 03:30 pm
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mothers dumplings is terrible ... not sure why it made the list (lack of dumpling places in Toronto?)
the dumpling skin there is way too thick and they never even bother skimming off the nasty frothy stuff ....

Father's Dumpling / January 28, 2015 at 03:35 pm
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I've had food poisoning at Mother's not once, but twice. I prefer Yummy Yummy Dumplings (2x the yummy clearly) on Dundas, but I'm hoping to try some of these other places soon!
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/yummy-yummy-dumplings-toronto
lister / January 28, 2015 at 03:39 pm
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I wish the real Ding Tai Fung would come here.
jd / January 28, 2015 at 03:46 pm
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Really enjoying Xiao Long Bao. I could eat the soup dumplings non stop. Many good things there. Also, anything with the hand pulled noodles is great in my book!

A fan of Dumpling King also in Scarberia.

Mother's Dumplings has never been as good as when they were on Huron St. (IMO).

I'll still hit up Dumpling House for their pan-fried.

I also like Dumpling Queen on Yonge. But I'll only eat there if I just happen to be in the area.
dang / January 28, 2015 at 03:53 pm
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I totally didn't know that all the best dumplings in Toronto are Chinese!!!!!
dsm6 / January 28, 2015 at 04:05 pm
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Dumpling Queen at Yonge & Isabella - hands down.
Luke / January 28, 2015 at 04:11 pm
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Asian Legend is legit. Should have been on this list. Their selection of dumplings isn't exhaustive, but they're all delish. Moreover, the rest of their menu is very on fleek. Along with Lee Garden, it's some of the best Chinese you can get downtown.
cheapo / January 28, 2015 at 04:13 pm
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FYI - the Fallsview casino buffet @ Niagara Falls now has some limited dim sum options. Good if you just want to eat until you burst.
Gabe / January 28, 2015 at 04:23 pm
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Dumpling House is better that Mother's Dumpling. Better food, for cheaper.
Yi-Jin / January 28, 2015 at 04:34 pm
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#9 should be #1. End of story. Bigger and juicier dumplings and cheaper than the rest.
aDawg replying to a comment from cheapo / January 28, 2015 at 04:38 pm
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I'll think I'll just stick to my uncooked oats. Thanks anyways...
Jan / January 28, 2015 at 05:10 pm
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We like Dumpling King at 436 Dundas Street W but would love it more if it had more extra dishes. That eggplant at Mother's sounds great!
mother dump / January 28, 2015 at 06:37 pm
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mothers dumplings = wonderbread
Janitor replying to a comment from Liora / January 28, 2015 at 06:50 pm
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No, they've tried every dumpling in Toronto. And these are the best.
Imaginary Friend / January 28, 2015 at 08:36 pm
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Moms Dumps #1!!!

Yeah!!!
jimmyp / January 28, 2015 at 09:56 pm
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Mother's Dumplings left my toilet full of diarrhea
Jerry Todd replying to a comment from jimmyp / January 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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Don't over eat you dumbass. AND Stop eating a diet that consists of ,
Tim Horton's/McDonald's Style Breakfast,
Burger's, Subway, Pizza, dumplings, Thai, Pub for lunch,
Souvlaki, Curry Chicken, Jerk, Pub Food, Pizza,Thai, Sushi, BBQ pork, Dumplings for dinner
hair salon toronto / January 29, 2015 at 08:16 am
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Real Dai Tung really good.
horizoncarrie / January 29, 2015 at 10:40 am
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Mother's dumplings had a huge rat in the washroom the last time i was there. I will never go back.
Rose / January 29, 2015 at 10:57 am
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I live around the corner from Dumpling House on Gerrard, and I feel incredibly lucky! Their dumplings are just the tip of a delicious iceberg. They should have been #1 for sure!
Joe / January 29, 2015 at 11:36 am
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I'll second Dumpling Queen at Yonge and Isabella. It's dingy looking inside, but the dumplings (especially the fried ones) are great!
Marianne / January 29, 2015 at 11:38 am
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You're missing Beijing Dumpling on Elm! Hidden Gem
Joey Tai / January 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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I cannot believe that Mother's Dumplings is number one on this list. The only thing that they have going for them is that they cater to the White Folks in the Kensington hood. They speak english fairly well so you can actually understand them when they are giving you inattentive, short, and rude Chinatown service. Do yourselves a favour and go down the street to the Dumpling House instead. Better food. Better atmosphere. Better prices. Same shitty service, but it is what it is.
Noah / January 29, 2015 at 02:06 pm
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Dumpling House for the win!
Tim / January 29, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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Mother's Dumplings is terrible value for what you get, and not even that good irregardless of price.
ElCap1 replying to a comment from jd / January 29, 2015 at 03:08 pm
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Couldn't agree more. Dumpling House has it down with the pan-fried, while Dumpling King is the best overall. Mother's Dumplings is extremely overrated.
bill / January 30, 2015 at 02:32 am
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himalayan kitchen should be in there, anyone who has tried their dumplings would agree with me
Jane Carman / January 30, 2015 at 09:01 am
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We have been very impressed with Very Fare Seafood Restaurant at 4020 Finch Ave East in Scarborough. It's a very busy restaurant every day of the week. Great selection of dumplings, especially generous shrimp dumplings are delivered to your table via traditional carts. Service is attentive.prices are reasonable.
Global Citizen / January 30, 2015 at 09:33 am
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BlogTo is so ridiculous. In an article about dumplings, they forget EVERY CULTURE OTHER than Chinese/Asian. ARE YOU SERIOUSLY THAT IGNORANT OF OTHER DUMPLINGS AROUND THE WORLD??? Please get your head out of the sand and start actually eating beyond your BlogTo comfort zone.
CH / January 30, 2015 at 11:05 am
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Every commenter yelling "NOT ALL DUMPLINGS ARE CHINESE" etc should calm the hell down. OP Darren's posts are mostly on Chinese food and is likely blogTO's correspondent on Chinese food in the city.
HG / January 31, 2015 at 11:46 pm
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Lee Town and bubot food
JCanuck / February 2, 2015 at 09:01 am
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Not sure where you'd rank them, but Chinese Dumplings at 645 St. Clair W. is a great addition to the Wychwood neighbourhood.
I'm Chinese / February 4, 2015 at 03:50 pm
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The Chinese Dumpling House near Warden/Steeles at Metro Square Mall is far better than the one mentioned in the article.
Jeremy / February 14, 2015 at 11:49 am
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Big Mouth Luck Dumpling house north of Yonge and St. clair should be on here. Dumpling Queen should be on here. Yet another failed list. Better luck next time.
Also Chinese / February 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm
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Rol San
pleb / March 1, 2015 at 12:03 am
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#7 is #1
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