Eat in, takeout or deliver: Delicious dumplings in Toronto

Is your preference cheap and cheerful Chinese takeout or elegant Asian dining? You'll always find mouth-watering dumplings on the menu at these Asian restaurants where these morsels are taken seriously.

Mother's Dumplings

421 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G6

Whether boiled, steamed or pan-fried, sink your teeth into these tasty Chinese dumplings at snack time, lunch or dinner. Traditional pork-filled dumplings come with variations like a sprinkling of chives or radish. There are chicken, shrimp and lamb varieties to try as well. Vegetarians will not leave hungry, either. There’s a melon, tofu and vegetable noodle flavour that sounds like an appetizer, main and dessert rolled into one. The ambience is delightfully Asian with red paper lanterns and bustle.

Dumpling King

442 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G7

With 25 varieties of dumplings including pork, chicken, shrimp and vegetable, mixed with the likes of fennel, string beans and eggplant served here, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to dumpling heaven. Try them steamed, boiled or pan-fried. For dumpling fiends who know the difference between Crispy Pan Fried Cabbage and Pork Dumplings and Home Style Pan Fried Cabbage and Pork Dumplings, Dumpling King has both.

Kings Cafe

192 Augusta Av, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6

What this Kensington Market spot lacks in dumpling selection, it makes up for in the best ingredients and a tranquil ambience. Fully vegetarian, the dishes here contain no preservatives or chemicals. Dumplings are stuffed with chopped mushrooms, vegetables and spices, and come with a dash of ginger dipping sauce. Order them steamed or pan-fried in eight or 15 pieces.

Yummy Yummy Dumplings

79 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T 2A8

You can say that again. Takeout and delivery are available until 11:30 pm Friday and Saturday and 10:00 pm every other night of the week. There are 32 types of dumplings on the menu including nine tasty veggie options. Try unique combinations like Black Carp and Chive or Mutton and Carrot. A smattering of whole-wheat dumpling options are pleasing to both the taste buds and the waistline.

Asian Legend

418 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G7

This growing chain of restaurants specializing in Northern Chinese food makes a point of hiring chefs from China and Taiwan to create authentic recipes. A chic, Asian-style interior adds a touch of class to your dumpling experience. The dumplings are pretty to look at, too. Of the multiple varieties on the menu, the steamed, soup-filled dumplings in a dough made of dried scallops, pork and luffa (a cucumber-type vegetable) reign supreme.

Dine And Dim Restaurant

633 Gerrard E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2

Open until the wee hours seven nights a week with delivery available, this mainstay of the dumpling circuit serves steamed, fried and boiled varieties in a range of pork, beef, seafood and vegetarian flavours. The Pearl Court is widely regarded as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city, so you know their dumplings will be good.

Dumpling House

619 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2

Bliss is getting your favourite dumplings frozen so you can enjoy them at home. But sample them first in this minimalist yet welcoming galley-style restaurant. Enjoy the house specialty with your group in a private lounge while you perform karaoke songs in your choice of three languages (Mandarin, Cantonese or English). A large selection of tasty Northern Chinese dumplings is offered in your choice of boiled, pan-fried or steamed.

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