The Hidden Dumpling House (Melbourne)

Hands down, the best dumpling place after a big night out, or just a big appetite. Bring cash. But you won’t need much of it to fill you.


Located in Tattersalls Lane, this is one of those rare gems that only the locals know about. But if you’re smart and know whom to ask, then you’re in for a delight.


First of all, don’t let the internal decor deter you. Hell, if you went by looks alone, then you probably will miss out on some of the hidden things in life.

Also, don’t even worry about the service. The goal is to get you to your seat, order and get you out. This is the epitome of efficiency. Heck, I even noticed that their choice of music is a remix of the latest pop songs¬† (currently playing on the radio) that’s sped up during the chorus and if you’re not careful,¬† you’ll actually eat to the beat.

Also, make sure you come at a time out of the lunch rush or you won’t be able to get a seat.

And the food. K and I chose the fried beef dumplings, the steamed prawn dumplings, and steamed pork dumplings.


Fried Beef and Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Easily, the fried beef dumplings won out. The batter was nice and thin and the beef was well ground. It was just pure pleasure eating it.

The steamed prawn dumplings were another perfect companion. The prawns were good and the filling just right that you just enjoyed eating it.


Steamed Pork Dumplings

And finally the pork dumplings. It was great. And perhaps because it was the last of the lot, our bellies were starting to fill. It was good, but nothing to rave about. I’d get it just to try it out.

The speed at which the food came out was excellent and I loved the little bowls. At the end of the day, the food was epic and the place reminded you of eating from a roadside vendor – a real authentic taste.

And the cost of all these? $10 each. Can I get a hell yeah?!

I had to laugh when our server said “no bun. no bun”. Guess the red bean bun would need to be done another time.

TDT: 3.0/5.0
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