The year of the dumpling?

January 2011

If 2009 was the year of tapas, was 2010 the year of the dumpling? Admittedly, the first big entry in the field, Din Tai Fung (644 George Street Sydney  9264 6010) opened in 2008, but dumplings have been building up a heads of steam since then which peaked in 2010 – or at the very least the luscious little morsels have invaded our headspace. Soup dumplings, pot stickers, xiao long bao, pan-fried pork, prawn jiao ze, Shanghai juicy buns…the list goes on forever. And two more – the dumplings (or won ton really) in the won ton noodle soup at the Won Ton Noodle House in Dixon court in Chinatown – the Chinese version of Jewish chicken soup – and the yet to be tried Mantu at the new Afghan place in Auburn

Late last year, the owner of the not so new New Shanghai (273 Liverpool Road Ashfield 9797 7284)  opened three more New Shanghais, all doling out dumplings as well as other northern Chinese dishes. There’s one at Chatswood (Chatswood Chase 427-441 Victoria Avenue), Bondi Junction (Level 5 Westfield Shopping Centre) and one at Charlestown near Newcastle (South Piazza Charlestown Square). Owner John Chen is to be congratulated for organising striking – and very Chinese - designs for all his new places, light years away from the plastic cut out dragons and red plush wallpaper of so many of our local joints.

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