Dumplings are the weirdest, nicest things ever created by the Chinese. I mean, how can you not love them? With a shell so silky that it slides down the throat effortlessly, a good dumpling is absolutely rich with flavours and makes for a real treat!
They are commonly found in anywhere in Colombo, and here are a few places that we've tried and tested.
After taking a break, Che Che's is back to life! It's a home-based venture that's specialised all things dumplings - both boiled and pan-fried, and they stuff them with pork, chicken and beef. Portionwise, they have the option to go with 10-piece portion and 15-piece one. Each portion is offered with a side of Soy Sauce. This is one of the best, affordable options you can go for.
This does not necessarily belong to the savoury dumpling kind, but we love the Steamed Coconut Dumpling with Honey Butter Sauce Dumplings at the Mainland China. We kid you not. It even ended up on our list of top 11 desserts to get in CMB. We strongly recommend you try them out.
Momo's by Ruvi can't be a stranger if you're a lover of the dumplings. Anywho, to those who don't know them, Momo's by Ruvi does Dumpling's that originate from Tibet. And, they're pretty popular for it - with a whole array of dumplings in various types (steamed, shallow fried or wok-fried), meats and sizes. For most of us, it's the go-to spot for dumplings in CMB.
Tastea is probably the only cafe in Colombo that does dumplings. At Rs. 300 for 6, these deep-fried chunks of dough were exactly the breath of fresh air we had been looking for in our strenuous treks to innumerable cafes. Plus, they're made by two of the nicest Chinese ladies who are always ready to help.
We haven't been to Grand Beijing in a while. Nevertheless, their vegetarian dumplings just might be the one you're looking for if you have a vegetarian in your group. With generous amounts of fresh leeks and spicy onion going on in that quirky doughed blob, even you, meat eaters might like it.
Olive Garden Restaurant is yet another place to get dumplings in Colombo. However, we weren't particularly blown away by their dumplings. They were small and had very little proportions of minced chicken in comparison to the excessive amounts of vegetables, unfortunately.
Yue Chuan at The Kingsbury is one of the few fine dining Chinese restaurants in Colombo. The food is decent and the prices are pretty reasonable, we went with their Pork and Celery Dumplings as a starter and it was quite good. With a smooth texture and ample amounts of filling, it was as satisfactory as a dumpling could get. We suggest giving it a shot.
If you do end up at CCC somehow and you're craving dumplings, China Street Food has got you covered. At Rs. 1000, you can get 10 of their Chicken and Celery Dumplings along with the usual chilli and soy sauces for dipping. The dumplings are prepared well, and with a skilled hand. The chicken filling is tasty, with hints of garlic coming through. It's seasoned very well, and delivers a typical dumpling experience.
Naniyori, as we know it, does the best Sushi delivery in Colombo. However, when we tried their Gyoza AKA Pork dumplings, we weren't entirely blown away. While they weren't as good a deal as the ones at Min Han, theirs was a lot less oily.
Like Min Han, Sunlight Garden is one of those hidden gems in the Chinese Restaurant scene in Colombo. They've got great food in huge portions, total value for money, butt cheek chairs and some of the best pork dumplings we've come across ( 6 for Rs. 300)! Honestly, what more do you need?
With their massive portions, great food and steal-worthy pricing, Min Han is one of the best places to get Chinese fare in Colombo. And no surprise here, they also had some of the best-steamed Pork Dumplings that you're gonna have. Soft and packed perfectly so as to hold in all the juices until you bite down on it, these dumplings always steal the show. Seriously, why are you even waiting for? Go, right now and grab some for yourself!
In a more DIY kind of situation, we have Dumplings.lk. They're a home-based business that does raw dumplings in bulk. So, if you're one of those people that like cooking and doesn't necessarily want to go through the process of making them from scratch, Dumplings.lk just might be the one for you. Plus, the finished product can be really good. Unless you mess up of course.
So, what's your go-to spot for dumplings? Do let us know in the comments.
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