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Yulongfu Steamed Bun Restaurant

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published May 22nd 2021
Are you ready for the best handmade buns in Melbourne?
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The best dumplings in town served with pride

I am a dumpling lover, so imagine my embarrassment and excitement to find out that I have never been to this famous double-storey dumpling restaurant in the heart of Melbourne. They've been around since 1904, so there's no excuse for me missing out for so long!

Since November 2020, Yulongfu is in their new premises at the top of Bourke St. The food, decor and service cannot be faulted.

For every exquisite dumpling, steamed bun and Chinese cuisine you can imagine… this is the restaurant for you. You might want to go to admire their talent (which I did). I stood for a long time outside their window watching the talented Yong use his magic to create the perfect dumpling … every time! After tasting a sample … it's all about the food for me!

According to the heirs of 'Yulongfu', Yulongfu came to Nanxiang Town as an apprentice in Rihuaxuan when he was 15 years old. He was said to be thoughtful and inquisitive. Yulongfu recipes have been passed down through their family archives since 1904. Now, over a century later, headed up by a husband-and-wife duo (Emily and Yong Lui), take the same great care to present their perfected dumplings and steamed buns.

And now for the menu - that will have you licking your lips for hours!

Signature Steam Bun & Xiao Long Bao Menu

-Steamed Black Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao (8 pcs)
This is a particular delicacy. A tender ball of porky soup is steamed in a black truffle xiaolongbao with pork.

-Pan Fried Pork Bons (6 pcs)

-Chicken & Prawn Wonton Soup (15 pcs)

-Tea (jasmine/pu-er/chrysanthemum/oolong)

But just in case you have something else in mind, the menu is extensive including many entrees such as Peking Duck (two pieces for $12.80 or eight pieces for $38.80). The steamed buns are an absolute must (eight pieces for $13.18), pan-fried dumplings and pan-fried buns are around $10.80 for 10 pieces. The wonton soup is only $7.80. They have seafood and live seafood. For example, spicy salt and chilli calamari. Their most expensive dish is scallops with prawn paste at $34. They have several fried rice and fried noodles dishes. They also have several lunch specials around $14.

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A piece of art

We were treated to thick stir-fry noodles with bok choy. I like my food hot and this is exactly how it was served. It was very tasty and uncomplicated by a mixture of vegetables and self-selected sauces.

We also have the privilege of sampling black truffle dumplings – a taste my partner said he would never try. They were silky smooth and delicious. Guess who ate the most of them!

I loved everything I tasted but my favourite was the pan-fried pork buns. I'm not a big fan of steam buns normally. I find them often thick and gluggy but these were incredible. In a class of their own entirely. They were moist and soft on the top and I loved the crispy base. This base enhanced my enjoyment of the buns. I think I could've eaten all eight of those steam buns if I'd not had someone accompanying me.

All food was cooked fresh and served hot and promptly. We received lots of attention and it was clear that the staff, including the owner Emily Lui herself, was there to please. There are a total of 130 seats in total, spread over upstairs and a downstairs area. Private dining options and catering is available.

I noticed the staff gave the good old fashion thank you and 'See you next time' to every leaving customer. I imagine they would remember everyone as well. It made me want to come back as soon as possible. I rarely say this but I felt like this could be my go-to restaurant every time I go to the city.

Yulongfu Steamed Bun Restaurant restaurant is a must for anyone looking for top-quality handmade and freshly cooked Chinese food served with enthusiasm and pride.

Are you ready for the best handmade buns in Melbourne?
Don't make the same mistake as me. Make it a priority, whatever you select, enjoy your meal. I know you will.

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Why? For the best steamed buns and dumplings In Melbourne
When: Monday: 11:30 - 21:30 Tuesday: 11:30 - 21:30 Wednesday: 11:30 - 21:30 Thursday: 11:30 - 21:30 Friday: 11:30 - 22:30 Saturday: 11:30 - 22:30 Sunday: 11:30 - 21:30
Phone: 7006 4222
Where: 136 Bourke Street Melbourne
Cost: Reasonable
Your Comment
Yum Jeni, all the dishes looked yummy. Certainly a change from lemon chicken.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2610) 29 days ago
Most magnificent pan-fried pork buns, black truffle dumplings – They were silky smooth and delicious. Very Filling Meal, great service
by Grant (score: 2|299) 29 days ago
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