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13 Delicious Dumpling Destinations Around New Orleans

From pan-fried and steamed dumplings to buns and wontons

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Dragon shrimp dumplings from Wishing 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, found at New Orleans’s best spots for Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. 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 takeout and/or delivery.

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Little Chinatown - Kenner

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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.

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.

China Rose

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This Metairie standy made a name for itself nearly a decade ago for adventurous dishes like bean curd skin, tripe with special sauce, and fried pork intestines, but the restaurant’s traditional dishes — including the dumplings — are also a draw, both the wontons and potstickers. Ask for the secret menu and get the soup dumplings.

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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Vivi and Kevin Zheng’s hybrid bakery/Asian cafe serves some of the very best dumplings in New Orleans — and the offerings are perhaps the most extensive to be found locally, as well. Flavorful dumpling varieties include pork buns, a pork floss dumpling roll, scallop and shrimp pocket dumplings, crawfish, onion and beef, on and on. Excitingly, Wishing Town is opening a second location at the corner of Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street in early 2022.

Dragon shrimp dumplings
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Royal China Restaurant

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This Metairie standby on Vets offers traditional and not when it comes to 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.

Dian Xin

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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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Tsunami Sushi

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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.

Ba Chi Canteen

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This Riverbend favorite for Vietnamese has a number of out-of-the-box specialties it’s known for — soft shell crab “bacos,” kim chi fries, and nacho potstickers, served with sweet and spicy chili sauce, radish, jalapeno, and edamame. Specials will also occasionally include dumplings — like spicy chicken, shrimp and pork, and steamed wontons with chili soy.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

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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.

Luvi Restaurant

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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. 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 Roses Restaurant

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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 still serving the Westbank. 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. 

Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

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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.

Panda King

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To experience perhaps traditional dim sum service in the New Orleans area, Panda King in Gretna is still the best option around, available for takeout and with safety precautions in place, cart service on weekends. Lots of choices at this longtime favorite, including tender shrimp shu mai wrapped in the thinnest of dough.

Little Chinatown - Kenner

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.

Ming's

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.

China Rose

This Metairie standy made a name for itself nearly a decade ago for adventurous dishes like bean curd skin, tripe with special sauce, and fried pork intestines, but the restaurant’s traditional dishes — including the dumplings — are also a draw, both the wontons and potstickers. Ask for the secret menu and get the soup dumplings.

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Dragon shrimp dumplings
Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Vivi and Kevin Zheng’s hybrid bakery/Asian cafe serves some of the very best dumplings in New Orleans — and the offerings are perhaps the most extensive to be found locally, as well. Flavorful dumpling varieties include pork buns, a pork floss dumpling roll, scallop and shrimp pocket dumplings, crawfish, onion and beef, on and on. Excitingly, Wishing Town is opening a second location at the corner of Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street in early 2022.

Dragon shrimp dumplings
Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Royal China Restaurant

This Metairie standby on Vets offers traditional and not when it comes to 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.

Dian Xin

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.

Dian Xin’s xiao long bao
Dian Xin/Official

Tsunami Sushi

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.

Ba Chi Canteen

This Riverbend favorite for Vietnamese has a number of out-of-the-box specialties it’s known for — soft shell crab “bacos,” kim chi fries, and nacho potstickers, served with sweet and spicy chili sauce, radish, jalapeno, and edamame. Specials will also occasionally include dumplings — like spicy chicken, shrimp and pork, and steamed wontons with chili soy.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

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.

Luvi Restaurant

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. 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
Luvi/Official

9 Roses Restaurant

Although its sweet little spot in the French Quarter is permanently and heartbreakingly closed, the original and huge 9 Roses location in Gretna is still serving the Westbank. 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. 

Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

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.

Panda King

To experience perhaps traditional dim sum service in the New Orleans area, Panda King in Gretna is still the best option around, available for takeout and with safety precautions in place, cart service on weekends. Lots of choices at this longtime favorite, including tender shrimp shu mai wrapped in the thinnest of dough.

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