The Best Dumplings in Toronto
The 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?
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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