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Where to Find New Orleans’s Most Delightful Dumplings

11 restaurants with some of best savory stuffed morsels in town

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It doesn’t get much more comforting than the dumpling — delicate dough stuffed with some combination of ingredients which has been boiled, steamed, or fried. Popular at dim sum feasts in Chinatowns around the country, New Orleans may have few such offerings (Panda King in Gretna has the market cornered on dim sum cart service) but there are still plenty of local dumplings to die for. And not for nothing, the frozen version carried at Hong Kong Market in Gretna can satisfy a craving in a pinch.

Here’s where to find the best dumplings — from gyoza to bao to shu mai — in and around New Orleans, with a focus on those currently offering takeout and/or delivery.

NOTE: A number of these restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Louisiana coronavirus website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Chinatown - Kenner

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3800 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065
(504) 305-0580
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Love this friendly Kenner Chinese restaurant, with hard to find dishes like congee and whole Peking duck on menu. Little Chinatown also serves traditional pan fried and steamed pork dumplings, along with a tasty dumpling soup, swimming with dumplings stewed with a mix of pork, shrimp, mushrooms, and scallions. Take a look at the $7.50 lunch specials.

2. Ming's

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7224 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 333-6341
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Tucked away in a Lakeview shopping center, Ming’s is a popular spot open for takeout, delivery and dining in (with a reservation). All of the restaurant’s current dumpling offerings are deep fried, including cho cho, an order of six fried wontons stuffed with shrimp, barbecue pork, and onions. Check the website because the abbreviated menu changes, sometimes including fried and steamed dumplings.

3. Royal China Restaurant

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600 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-9633
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This Metairie standby on Vets offers traditional and not so much dumplings, all tasty. Try Royal China’s dragon dumplings — their version of the soup dumpling that is best eaten with happy caution. You don’t see fried chicken dumplings everywhere, and these are good. Same for the traditional pork spiked with plenty of ginger, pan fried for sure. Delivery is available via Waitr and DoorDash.

4. Dian Xin

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1218 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 266-2828
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The joy of having spicy Sichuan food in the French Quarter is boundless for fans of the chili-driven fare from the province in southwest China. Absolutely try the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic swimming in a searing hot broth — best to coddle the dumpling in a spoon and gently poke it with the chop stick to let the steam out, and make it easy to slurp. Also say yes to pan fried pork dumplings and shrimp wonder in garlic chili sauce.

Dian Xin’s xiao long bao
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5. Tsunami Sushi

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Pan American - 601 Poydras Street Ste B St. Charles & Poydras (enter on, St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 608-3474
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This stylish Pan Asian favorite offers a wide range of sashimi, sushi, and nori options, along with gyoza, Japanese dumplings. Tsunami’s tender purses of dough arrive pan fried and filled with garlicky ground pork, topped with fresh cilantro and frizzled onions. Great lunch deals and daily specials too.

6. Blue Giant Chinese

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1300 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9060
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Blue Giant Chinese, a newish restaurant in the Lower Garden District, is modeled after the Chinese-American takeout the chef enjoyed when he was a kid. Offering carryout only from 4 to 9 p.m. everyday but Tuesday, the menu is concise and bright with spice. Chili lovers will swoon over the tender wontons filled with shrimp and swabbed with spicy chili crunch.

Shrimp wontons from Blue Giant
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7. Jung's Golden Dragon II

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3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-8280
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Open for pickup (or delivery on Uber Eats), Jung’s Golden Dragon II on Magazine has a massive menu of Chinese specialties, from traditional items like General Tso spicy chicken to a whole Peking duck — a rare local find. Tasty pork dumplings come steamed or pan fried, accompanied by a soy and rice vinegar dipping sauce.

8. Luvi Restaurant

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5236 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 605-3340
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Chef Hao Gong elevates everything he touches to an ethereal level, and while his mastery with sushi is Luvi’s calling card, his dumplings are truly fantastic. Open for curbside pickup, delivery, and dine-in, the menu offers heavenly curried favor dumplings — beef and caramelized onions wrapped in the featherweight dough and swimming in a lightly curried broth. The menu changes but always order dumplings — there’s even a vegan option — and anything with meatballs.

Luvi’s pan fried vegan dumplings
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9. 9 Roses Restaurant

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1100 Stephens St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 366-7665
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Although its sweet little spot in the French Quarter is permanently and heartbreakingly closed, the original and huge 9 Roses location in Gretna is open for dining in, pickup, and delivery via Uber Eats. The vast menu includes traditional Vietnamese specialties, along with Chinese dishes. Order any of the noodle plates and get the pan fried pork dumplings, best enjoyed with a drizzle of hot chili oil. 

10. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

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500 9th St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 500-0997
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Banana Blossom dishes some of the best Thai on either side of the Mississippi thanks to Jimmy Cho’s creative tweaks — try the ka pao chicken ramen, a riff on the popular Thai street food. His tasty version of steamed or fried pork dumplings, served with a sweet soy ginger sauce, is comfortingly familiar. Available for delivery via Waitr.

11. Panda King

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925 Behrman Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056
(504) 433-0388
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Dumplings are at the heart of dim sum feasts in Chinatowns around the country, where servers push carts of all flavors of steaming dumplings, bao, and other goodies between tables. That kind of social dining seems far away now, but Panda King in Gretna is still serving authentic dim sum off the menu for dining in and for takeout, and with rigorous safety precautions in place, cart service is offered on weekends. Lots of choices, including tender shrimp shu mai wrapped in the thinnest of dough.

1. Little Chinatown - Kenner

3800 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065

Love this friendly Kenner Chinese restaurant, with hard to find dishes like congee and whole Peking duck on menu. Little Chinatown also serves traditional pan fried and steamed pork dumplings, along with a tasty dumpling soup, swimming with dumplings stewed with a mix of pork, shrimp, mushrooms, and scallions. Take a look at the $7.50 lunch specials.

3800 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065

2. Ming's

7224 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Tucked away in a Lakeview shopping center, Ming’s is a popular spot open for takeout, delivery and dining in (with a reservation). All of the restaurant’s current dumpling offerings are deep fried, including cho cho, an order of six fried wontons stuffed with shrimp, barbecue pork, and onions. Check the website because the abbreviated menu changes, sometimes including fried and steamed dumplings.

7224 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. Royal China Restaurant

600 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

This Metairie standby on Vets offers traditional and not so much dumplings, all tasty. Try Royal China’s dragon dumplings — their version of the soup dumpling that is best eaten with happy caution. You don’t see fried chicken dumplings everywhere, and these are good. Same for the traditional pork spiked with plenty of ginger, pan fried for sure. Delivery is available via Waitr and DoorDash.

600 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005

4. Dian Xin

1218 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Dian Xin’s xiao long bao
Dian Xin/Official

The joy of having spicy Sichuan food in the French Quarter is boundless for fans of the chili-driven fare from the province in southwest China. Absolutely try the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic swimming in a searing hot broth — best to coddle the dumpling in a spoon and gently poke it with the chop stick to let the steam out, and make it easy to slurp. Also say yes to pan fried pork dumplings and shrimp wonder in garlic chili sauce.

1218 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Tsunami Sushi

Pan American - 601 Poydras Street Ste B St. Charles & Poydras (enter on, St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

This stylish Pan Asian favorite offers a wide range of sashimi, sushi, and nori options, along with gyoza, Japanese dumplings. Tsunami’s tender purses of dough arrive pan fried and filled with garlicky ground pork, topped with fresh cilantro and frizzled onions. Great lunch deals and daily specials too.

Pan American - 601 Poydras Street Ste B St. Charles & Poydras (enter on, St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Blue Giant Chinese

1300 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Shrimp wontons from Blue Giant
William Hereford/Official Photo

Blue Giant Chinese, a newish restaurant in the Lower Garden District, is modeled after the Chinese-American takeout the chef enjoyed when he was a kid. Offering carryout only from 4 to 9 p.m. everyday but Tuesday, the menu is concise and bright with spice. Chili lovers will swoon over the tender wontons filled with shrimp and swabbed with spicy chili crunch.

1300 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Jung's Golden Dragon II

3009 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Open for pickup (or delivery on Uber Eats), Jung’s Golden Dragon II on Magazine has a massive menu of Chinese specialties, from traditional items like General Tso spicy chicken to a whole Peking duck — a rare local find. Tasty pork dumplings come steamed or pan fried, accompanied by a soy and rice vinegar dipping sauce.

3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Luvi Restaurant

5236 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Luvi’s pan fried vegan dumplings
Luvi/Official

Chef Hao Gong elevates everything he touches to an ethereal level, and while his mastery with sushi is Luvi’s calling card, his dumplings are truly fantastic. Open for curbside pickup, delivery, and dine-in, the menu offers heavenly curried favor dumplings — beef and caramelized onions wrapped in the featherweight dough and swimming in a lightly curried broth. The menu changes but always order dumplings — there’s even a vegan option — and anything with meatballs.

5236 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. 9 Roses Restaurant

1100 Stephens St, Gretna, LA 70053

Although its sweet little spot in the French Quarter is permanently and heartbreakingly closed, the original and huge 9 Roses location in Gretna is open for dining in, pickup, and delivery via Uber Eats. The vast menu includes traditional Vietnamese specialties, along with Chinese dishes. Order any of the noodle plates and get the pan fried pork dumplings, best enjoyed with a drizzle of hot chili oil. 

1100 Stephens St
Gretna, LA 70053

10. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

500 9th St, Gretna, LA 70053

Banana Blossom dishes some of the best Thai on either side of the Mississippi thanks to Jimmy Cho’s creative tweaks — try the ka pao chicken ramen, a riff on the popular Thai street food. His tasty version of steamed or fried pork dumplings, served with a sweet soy ginger sauce, is comfortingly familiar. Available for delivery via Waitr.

500 9th St
Gretna, LA 70053

11. Panda King

925 Behrman Hwy, Terrytown, LA 70056

Dumplings are at the heart of dim sum feasts in Chinatowns around the country, where servers push carts of all flavors of steaming dumplings, bao, and other goodies between tables. That kind of social dining seems far away now, but Panda King in Gretna is still serving authentic dim sum off the menu for dining in and for takeout, and with rigorous safety precautions in place, cart service is offered on weekends. Lots of choices, including tender shrimp shu mai wrapped in the thinnest of dough.

925 Behrman Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056

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