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Published February 20th 2015
Because the road to happiness is paved with dumplings
My husband and I sometimes play a game called, 'If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?' My answer is usually the same. Dumplings.
If we've had a bad day we go out, for dumplings. If we have something to celebrate, we eat dumplings. And now that we have children, dumplings have become our go-to emergency meal with our freezer usually stocked with homemade dumplings. A good dumpling is easy to find in Melbourne. We are lucky to live in such a great dumpling loving city. Here are five of our recent dumpling experiences which made us smile:
Prawn and chive dumplings and scallop dumplings at Secret Kitchen
Secret Kitchen was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday. The table filled up quickly with a tasty range of plump little treats; ginger prawn, scallop, prawn and chives and more. No paper on this tabletop. You feel more like a special guest with a cloth tablecloth. Watching the stainless steel trolleys come out of the kitchen we tried to guess what would be on offer and we quietly cheered whether our answers were right or wrong. Because there are no losers at Secret Kitchen. It was all good. They serve dumplings as they should be; silky noodle wrapped around fresh and firmly held ingredients.
You can sit and eat your dumplings at Ra-Ramen with vinegar, soy sauce and chilli sauce, but we like to take them away to fill our freezer. Our choice is the vegetarian dumplings and we buy the frozen pale green gems by the bagful to take home. $12 will get you 25 of the most delightful dumplings that make you feel like you're eating at a friend's house whose mum has made them especially for you. Finely chopped veges, tofu, and shiny glass noodles fill the thick noodle casing which is strangely reminiscent of Polish perogi noodle.
Prawn and chive dumplings at Plume
We went to Plume when we were having a bad day and the dumplings cheered us right up. At Plume, the dumpling flavours are fresh and the textures are smooth. The prawn dumplings are our pick with the delightfully contrasting silky noodle and the delicate crunch of water chestnut. The service is professional and efficient and you get the feeling that the kitchen is run by someone who knows what they are doing.
Prawn dumplings, ginger prawn dumplings and fried pork dumplings at Wealth Garden
We ate at Wealth Garden, just because it felt like a dumpling eating kind of day. We had a football shaped dumpling that we hadn't tried before and the look on our son's face told us that he had found a new favourite. The crisp white paper on the table quickly became a soggy stained mess because we were eating so enthusiastically. The atmosphere was bustling and energetic with families queuing in the entrance as they waited for a table.
When we're in the city, there is just one clear choice. You may have to queue at Westlake for their dumplings, but once you're inside and comfortably seated, it's all worthwhile. Their ginger prawn dumplings are a standout dish and the scallop dumplings are sumptuous.
There are some excellent dumplings to be found in Preston along High St. One Noodle Friendship is my absolute favourite, tucked away in a little arcade, they make the most delicious veggie dumplings! They use spinach in the dough for the casings and the perfect combo of rice vermicelli, veg and tofu for the filling. You can take home 50 frozen dumplings for $25 or 25 for $13
have you tried listing those Chinese dumpling place where the dumplings are made in your sight and the Chinese eat regularly in the place like home?
my al time favourite4s are actually the old stand by of pork and scallions or pork and ginger and spring onions.