Dumplings occupy a special place in many peoples’ hearts and bellies. Below, you’ll find many excellent venues to be introduced or reunited with just how delicious these savory-filled pockets of goodness are. Unsure where to start? Check out our Dumpling Trail brochure. While it isn’t a literal trail of dumplings, as amazing as that would be, it guides you to 15 eateries that steam, fry and boil up some of the most delectable dumplings this side of the Pacific. Showcased on CNN Travel’s 12 of the world’s most enticing food and drink trails—come and taste why!  

The dumpling primer

Báh Bôt Loc

Chiu Chow Fun Gor

Guo Tie

Gyoza

Ham Sui Gok

Har Gow

Jian Dui

Shui Jiao

Siu Mai

Wontons

Wu Gok

Xiao Long Bao

Báh Bôt Loc

Thin tapioca-skinned shrimp and pork belly-filled Vietnamese dumplings

Chiu Chow Fun Gor

Filling-packed dumplings from the Chiuchow district of China with peanuts, garlic, ground pork, dried shrimp, radish, and mushrooms in a wheat flour wrapper

Gyoza

Pan-fried meat or seafood filled Japanese dumplings

Ham Sui Gok

Cantonese egg-sized, tender-crispy pork croquettes with delicious minced pork core.
Tip: Have them cut in half

Har Gow

Plump shrimp dumplings wrapped in a soft tapioca starch pastry

Jian Dui

Fried Chinese rice flour pastries filled with sweet black sesame, lotus, red bean, or black bean paste.

Shui Jiao

Water-boiled dumplings stuffed with everything from chicken to beef, leeks, lamb, chives and more—found in most parts of Asia

Siu Mai

Pork and shrimp dumplings topped with salmon roe or prawn

Wontons

Shrimp, pork or vegetable-stuffed. They can be boiled, fried and served in a bowl of soup, or deep-friend and dipped in chili oil

Wu Gok

Crispy, delicate taro puffs with ground meat and mashed taro filling.

Xiao Long Bao

Shanghainese dumplings usually stuffed with pork and rich soup

Dumpling Trail Itineraries

Hidden Gems Itinerary

Around the World Itinerary

Authentic Chinese Dining Itinerary

Best Dim Sum

Hidden Gems Itinerary

Curious to indulge in a range of dumpling styles? Delight in a leisurely afternoon sampling Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan’s best. Let us know what you think. 

11:30AM—Red Lantern

Tucked into a food court five minute’s walk from Aberdeen Canada Line Station, the Red Lantern is a humble and bustling place to dig into soft, tasty, boiled shui jiao.

#2265 – 8181 Cambie Road, President Plaza

778.829.8009​

1:00PM—R&H Chinese Food

Board the Canada Line at Aberdeen Station. Disembark at Lansdowne Station and head to the food court for fantastic xiao long bao.

5300 No. 3 Road, Lansdowne Centre

778.297.5668​

2:30PM—Xi’an Cuisine

Stroll south for 10 minutes on No.3 Road. Turn left onto Westminster Highway to Richmond Public Market’s food court. Next step? Enjoy irresistible spicy wontons and guo tie.

#188 – 8260 Westminster Highway, Richmond Public Market

604.279.9727​

Around the World Itinerary

Curious to indulge in a range of dumpling styles? Delight in a leisurely afternoon sampling Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan’s best. Let us know what you think.

11:30AM—4 Stones Vegetarian Cuisine

Located near CF Richmond Centre, this vegan and vegetarian Taiwanese restaurant serves fantastic meat-free wontons and veggie gyoza. 

#160 – 7771 Westminster Highway

604.278.0852

1:00PM—Báhn Mi Très Bon

Located just off Alderbridge Way, a short drive or bus ride away, tuck into a stunning platter of banh bot loc, Vietnam’s dim sum, at this popular French-influenced cafe. 

#100#1840 – 4720 McClelland Road

604.273.4422

2:30PM—Yuu Japanese Tapas

A five-minute stroll away, your destination is located in the lively Continental Plaza. The gyoza at Yuu Japanese Tapas are presented on a hot stone plate.

#1118 – 3779 Sexsmith Road

604.214.7722

Authentic Chinese Dining Itinerary

With North America’s best Chinese cuisine, Richmond is packed with delectable dumplings. From dim sum to potstickers to wontons, dive in and sample Chinese comfort food classics.

 10:00am—Empire Seafood Restaurant

Just a few steps from the Canada Line to Richmond-Brighouse Station, you’ll find some of Richmond’s best dim sum. Their signature dish, wu gok, deep-fried mashed taro dumplings, features duck—it’s sensational.  

#200 – 5951 No.3 Road

604.249.0080​

11:30am—Suhang Restaurant

A short walk or drive from Empire, you’ll find excellent Shanghainese dumplings here. Their intricately pleated xiao long bao are stunning and irresistible.

#100 – 8291 Ackroyd Road

604.278.7787

1:00pm—The Dolar Shop

You’ll find this Hong Kong-style hot pot mainstay at Lansdowne Centre, a five-minute drive or a 10-minute walk away. Reservations highly recommended here.

#720 – 5300 No. 3 Road

604.370.7077

Best Dim Sum

This quintessential Chinese meal involves selecting small sweet and savory plates. It’s a fun, tasty way to socialize and connect, and also hugely popular and never rushed. At Continental Seafood Restaurant, you order from passing trolleys (more old school), but usually you mark your selections on a pad of paper. We strongly recommend arriving early or making a reservation if possible. Standard Dim Sum hours are 10:00am-2:00pm

Customs and traditions

Tea
Dim Sum originated in the ancient Silk Road tea houses in Southern China. As such, jasmine tea is a keystone of this meal. Remember not to pour tea for yourself, and when you require more water for your teapot, flip the lid upside down to notify the server.  

Chopsticks

Only use your chopsticks for your own food. Use serving implements or offer small plates to your companions to serve themselves. When finished, place them together to the side or at the top of your dish or bowl. Don’t stick chopsticks into food or point at people with them. It’s acceptable in Chinese tradition to tip a bowl and guide food into your mouth with chopsticks.  

Dim Sum Standouts

Continental Seafood Restaurant—Authentic Cantonese cuisine to select from trolleys

Fisherman’s TerraceClassic Cantonese, famous for shrimp dumplings, sticky rice, and egg tarts

Shanghai River—Watch the chefs in action from the dining room. Specialties include xiao long bao and chive dumplings

Empire Seafood RestaurantOne of Richmond’s oldest, this elegant Cantonese eatery has traditional dim sum as well as pork knuckle and geoduck (at dinner only).

Jade Seafood Restaurant—A contemporary take with traditional dishes and western-inspired fusion.