There’s an entire world of dumplings waiting to be discovered in Toronto. From slippery steamed varieties to crispy deep-fried delicacies, here’s a cross-cultural array of doughy pockets that are ready for you to devour.
Haitian snack bar Rhum Corner is the place to go to find these deep-fried malanga fritters, which come served with slaw and a tangy mayo.
You can find steamed bun sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken or pork belly on menus citywide. Banh Mi Boysand Mean Bao are two popular bao spots, though they’re hardly alone.
Teardrop-shaped croquettes are big in Brazil and they’re also a menu favourite at Parkdale’s Mata Petisco Bar, which serves deep-fried minced chicken dumplings alongside malagueta pepper aioli.
Truffle gnudi at Rasa are pillows of perfection, especially when paired with walnut pesto and a medley of local mushrooms.
Deep-fried pork dumplings make an excellent side to a piping hot bowl of ramen at Kinton. Although you can also find these Japanese dumplings at almost every other sushi bar and ramen house in town.
No dim sum experience would be complete without an order of these pleated shrimp dumplings. You’ll find them streaming out of the kitchens in steamer baskets at places such as Kwan and Rol San.
Jamaican Fried Dumpling
The Real Jerk makes golden, deep-fried dumplings with flour, water, butter and milk and pairs them with ox tail gravy, for dipping purposes, of course.
Mother’s Dumplings should be top of mind if you’re seeking out a broad selection of Chinese dumplings. Among the many varieties, you’ll find these boiled, then pan-fried little pockets packed with pork and dill or pork and bok choi.
Satisfy your cravings for Korean dumplings at Cho Sun Ok where bite-sized pockets of pork are available steamed or fried with a soy dipping sauce. Song Cooks’ pork, zucchini and chive mandu are also noteworthy.
Find these Turkish dumplings on the menu at Anatolia. Here, they come filled with seasoned ground beef and are topped with garlicky yogurt, mint, clarified butter and a dash of paprika.
Fill up on Tibetan dumplings in Parkdale, a.k.a Little Tibet. Loga’s Corner both steams and fries these doughy beef or veggie dumplings. When indulging, nibble off a corner to release some steam and then devour the rest in a few bites.
Georgian-style pouches of minced meat are standouts on the menu at the The Ossington Stop. Among a late night menu of sloppy sandwiches, these $2.50 pockets are a treasure if you’re looking to snack on something comforting and cheap.
You can find ground meat and potato-filled Jewish soup dumplings swimming in soothing bowls of steaming chicken broth at the New Yorker Deli.
Cuban potato puffs stuffed with picadillo or a medley of mushrooms and vegetables are a menu favourite atJulie’s Cuban.
Pravda Vodka Bar doles out these plump pillows stuffed with veal in a wild mushroom broth with sour cream and chives.
Dumplings filled with beef or potato and cottage cheese are among the traditional offerings at Hasting’s Snack Bar. For adventurous riffs, head to the Saucy Pierogi where the rotating menu features pierogi stuffed with foodstuffs like kimchi, sauerkraut and mushrooms, jerk chicken and pulled pork.
A must-have when visiting dim sum parlours like Dim Sum King are these open-faced dumplings, which traditionally reveal a mix of pork and mushroom popping out of a thin wrapper.
The iconic Italian pasta is a standard at red sauce restaurants and are a common sight in supermarkets. Find an elevated offering at Cafe Bar Pasta where the hand-pinched pasta rings come filled with white truffle pecorino and are topped with silky pecorino broth.
Jim Chai Kee tops our list of best wonton soup in Toronto. This accolade can be credited to the massive and delicious shrimp wontons on the menu.
Xiao Long Bao
These delicate soup dumpling are a dim sum staple. Find them at the eponymous Xiao Long Bao where favourites come packed with crab meat and pork.