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Where to Eat Dumplings in and Around Boston

From mini juicy buns to Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, Greater Boston’s got the goods

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Dumplings, in their myriad forms and styles, are among the planet’s most-loved foods. And Boston, port city that it has always been, is no mere welterweight in the global prizefight of places to partake in the dumpling splendor. Whether it be pop-ups in the game, like relatively new mainstay Mimi’s Chūka Diner, or restaurants maybe better known for their other dishes, like Home Taste and its hand-pulled noodles, dumplings abound in Boston. Try these 19 restaurants for must-try renditions at restaurants across the city.

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District Kitchen

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Look, extra-large soup dumplings are never going to taste quite the same as the standard size — the ratios are off. But if you’re desperate to try one, head to District Kitchen in Malden, the only purveyor of ginormous soup dumplings in the area. The restaurant — revamped in late 2018 to focus on Sichuan cuisine — also serves a variety of other interesting (and attractive) dumplings, including cuttlefish, pork, and chive dumplings in a black cuttlefish ink wrapper and lobster, pork, and cucumber dumplings in a red wrapper. Try the giant dumpling for the novelty factor, but focus on the other dumplings.

A single giant soup dumpling fills a bamboo steamer, and metal tongs rest along the edge of the steamer.
The extra-large soup dumpling at District Kitchen.
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Ming's Seafood

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Dim sum spot Ming’s Seafood has locations in Malden and Quincy. Its enormous dim sum selection is full of gems (don’t miss the crispy shrimp in red rice rolls), including several dumplings. Try the steamed shrimp dumplings in cuttlefish wrappers or the chow chow dumplings with the crunch of peanut waiting inside.

Four jet-black Chinese dumplings with gold streaks sit side by side in a small white styrofoam container.
Steamed shrimp dumplings in a cuttlefish wrapper with gold at Ming’s Seafood.
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Wang's Chinese Cuisine

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Wang’s is great because it’s great, but it’s also great because it’s inexpensive. Get 12 dumplings made to order for under $10, or get 50 frozen dumplings for around $25, depending on the filling. Note: All of Wang’s dumplings are good, but one shouldn’t sleep on the pork with green bean. (Wang’s has been briefly closed for remodeling, so call first before heading over.)

A dozen boiled, plump, Chinese-style dumplings sit on an off-white plate with black and orange circles around the rim. There’s a plastic cup of soy sauce on the plate, too. The plate is on a wooden table.
Dumplings from Wang’s.
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Tasty Momo

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These Nepalese dumplings are the pride of Magoun Square. Sophie Thakali began making momos for friends but soon found herself opening a restaurant. The spicy momos are a must, but be warned: They are not for the faint of heart.

Momo in a thick and fiery-looking red sauce, served on aluminum foil.
Chile momo at Tasty Momo.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Chalawan Asian Eatery

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Chalawan serves an upscale mix of Southeast Asian cuisines. Dumplings aren’t a focus of the menu; in fact, there’s just one dumpling option, but it’s an absolute must. Aunty Wang’s steamed snapper dumplings, featuring a delicate seafood flavor, are served with chile and black vinegar sauce.

Three steamed dumplings are nestled in a white plate, garnished with strips of ginger and some fresh cilantro.
Snapper dumplings at Chalawan.
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Zoe's Chinese Restaurant

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Zoe’s — a popular Somerville spot that features hefty selections of both Sichuan and Hunan cuisine — offers a variety of dumplings. From steamed juicy pork buns to spicy Sichuan dumplings with peanuts, an eater can’t go wrong.

Six soup dumplings with thick exteriors sit in a bamboo steamer basket. A white teacup with blue floral markings is visible in the background on the wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Zoe’s.
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Dumpling House

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The menu at Dumpling House is packed with around a dozen different kinds of dumplings, ranging from vegetarian spinach dumplings to pan-fried dumplings with pork and leek, but the star of the show is the pork soup dumpling.

Metal steamer basket with seven soup dumplings. Chopsticks and scattered chile peppers are in the background, on the table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling House.
Dumpling House

Home Taste

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Home Taste is perhaps best known for its hand-pulled noodles — go get them now — but the dumplings are also the truth, especially the thick-skinned, pan-fried pork dumplings. There’s a location in Arlington, too.

Pan-fried dumplings with a golden-brown exterior sit on a white plate with a small plastic cup of a soy sauce-like dipping sauce
Pan-fried pork dumplings at Home Taste.
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Mary Chung

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The peanut-y dun dun noodles are exceptional, but Mary Chung’s suan la chow show (pork or shrimp wontons topped with a sweet and spicy sauce and raw mung bean sprouts) are essential in Greater Boston’s dumpling canon.

Overhead view of a round plastic takeout container full of steamed dumplings in an oily, spicy-looking sauce
Mary Chung’s suan la chow show dumplings with pork, via takeout.
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Mimi’s Chūka Diner at Artifact Cider Project

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One of the Boston area’s best new-ish pop-ups, Mimi’s Chūka Diner — cofounded by B&G Oysters alums Ted Woo and Jon Awerman — is inspired by chūka ryori, a style of cuisine in which dishes with Chinese origins are cooked in a Japanese style. While a permanent restaurant may eventually be in the plans, Mimi’s is still residing at Artifact Cider’s Cambridge taproom, offering a rotating menu of dumplings and more. (Frozen dumpling delivery is also available on Sundays, and there are often frozen dumplings available at Ebisuya Japanese Market in Medford.) In the dumpling realm, Mimi’s typically offers two types of gyoza (including a vegan one) and Sichuan spicy pork wontons.

Chinese-style plate with six pan-seared dumplings on a dark table. Two small plates, one with chile oil and one with a thin brown sauce, sit in the foreground.
Utsunomiya gyoza (pork, chives, carrots, and cabbage) from Mimi’s Chūka Diner.
Mimi’s Chūka Diner

Dumpling Daughter

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Now with three locations (Brookline and Weston in addition to this one in Cambridge’s Kendall Square), the Dumpling Daughter trio pays homage to founder Nadia Liu Spellman’s mother, Sally Ling, of the eponymous Sally Ling’s, an upscale Chinese restaurant on Boston’s waterfront from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Dumpling Daughter is casual, though, serving a variety of dumplings, buns, scallion pancake wraps, rice bowls, and more.

Six pan-seared dumplings sit on a white plate. A plastic cup of a soy-based dipping sauce is next to them.
Pan-seared pork and napa cabbage dumplings at Dumpling Daughter in Cambridge.
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Dumpling Kingdom

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Got a Sunday night dumpling craving? No worries: Dumpling Kingdom in Allston is open late every night. The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings are special, and the mini juicy buns with pork are also worth your dollar. This Allston shop is a sibling to Chinatown’s Dumpling Cafe (listed below).

A plate of oblong Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings on a dark wooden table
Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings at Dumpling Kingdom.
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Taiwan Cafe

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Go to Taiwan Cafe for the ma po tofu; stay for the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings. Chinatown is the city’s best food neighborhood, and these are among its best dumplings. The soup dumplings, too, are a must.

Six soup dumplings in a bamboo steamer basket with large soup spoons tucked in next to the dumplings. Several other dishes of food are visible in the background.
Soup dumplings at Taiwan Cafe.
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Dumpling Cafe

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There are many excellent pork soup dumplings in the city; Dumpling Cafe’s are the most excellent. Order them with Taiwan-style eggplant, string beans, and deep-fried pig intestines. The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings are also extraordinary.

A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe in Chinatown.
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Mei Mei

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This Audubon Circle-adjacent Chinese-American business is not exactly a restaurant anymore, but it still offers a great selection of dumplings — try the cheddar scallion potato dumplings — ready to reheat at home, alongside a few other items. In fact, the Mei Mei team is going all in on the dumpling business these days, selling several varieties at an ever-growing list of farmers markets.

Three plump fried dumplings sit on a white plate with a blue floral pattern, garnished with chopped scallions
Cheddar scallion potato dumplings at Mei Mei.
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Myers + Chang

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It’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu at Myers + Chang. Get anything that’s wok-charred (but really, get anything), and get an order of the classic Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings.

A large aluminum rectangular tray holds lines of pan-seared, Chinese-style dumplings
A catering tray of Myers + Chang’s dumplings.
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Blossom Bar

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Head to Blossom Bar for an excellent cocktail, Chengdu-style dry hot chicken, dan dan noodles, and some irresistible pork dumplings in chile vinaigrette and tingling Sichuan peppercorn oil.

Closeup on a bowl of steamed dumplings in a deep red oil with chopped scallions and sesame seeds
Pork dumplings in chile vinaigrette and Sichuan peppercorn oil at Blossom Bar.
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Bess’s Cafe

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Bess’s Cafe in Brookline is perhaps best known for its scallion pancake wraps, but the dumplings are also worthy of this list. Try the chicken dumplings with Sichuan sauce or the pan-seared pork and chive dumplings.

Overhead view of a square white plate covered with steamed, pleated dumplings
Pan-seared pork and chive dumplings at Bess’s Cafe.
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JP Seafood Cafe

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JP Seafood has some of the best sushi in the city proper (as well as the best katsu), but its gyoza should not be ignored. It comes in steamed and fried versions, and an eater is allowed to order half and half, which is absolutely the play here.

District Kitchen

A single giant soup dumpling fills a bamboo steamer, and metal tongs rest along the edge of the steamer.
The extra-large soup dumpling at District Kitchen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Look, extra-large soup dumplings are never going to taste quite the same as the standard size — the ratios are off. But if you’re desperate to try one, head to District Kitchen in Malden, the only purveyor of ginormous soup dumplings in the area. The restaurant — revamped in late 2018 to focus on Sichuan cuisine — also serves a variety of other interesting (and attractive) dumplings, including cuttlefish, pork, and chive dumplings in a black cuttlefish ink wrapper and lobster, pork, and cucumber dumplings in a red wrapper. Try the giant dumpling for the novelty factor, but focus on the other dumplings.

A single giant soup dumpling fills a bamboo steamer, and metal tongs rest along the edge of the steamer.
The extra-large soup dumpling at District Kitchen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Ming's Seafood

Four jet-black Chinese dumplings with gold streaks sit side by side in a small white styrofoam container.
Steamed shrimp dumplings in a cuttlefish wrapper with gold at Ming’s Seafood.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dim sum spot Ming’s Seafood has locations in Malden and Quincy. Its enormous dim sum selection is full of gems (don’t miss the crispy shrimp in red rice rolls), including several dumplings. Try the steamed shrimp dumplings in cuttlefish wrappers or the chow chow dumplings with the crunch of peanut waiting inside.

Four jet-black Chinese dumplings with gold streaks sit side by side in a small white styrofoam container.
Steamed shrimp dumplings in a cuttlefish wrapper with gold at Ming’s Seafood.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Wang's Chinese Cuisine

A dozen boiled, plump, Chinese-style dumplings sit on an off-white plate with black and orange circles around the rim. There’s a plastic cup of soy sauce on the plate, too. The plate is on a wooden table.
Dumplings from Wang’s.
Marc Hurwitz/Hidden Boston

Wang’s is great because it’s great, but it’s also great because it’s inexpensive. Get 12 dumplings made to order for under $10, or get 50 frozen dumplings for around $25, depending on the filling. Note: All of Wang’s dumplings are good, but one shouldn’t sleep on the pork with green bean. (Wang’s has been briefly closed for remodeling, so call first before heading over.)

A dozen boiled, plump, Chinese-style dumplings sit on an off-white plate with black and orange circles around the rim. There’s a plastic cup of soy sauce on the plate, too. The plate is on a wooden table.
Dumplings from Wang’s.
Marc Hurwitz/Hidden Boston

Tasty Momo

Momo in a thick and fiery-looking red sauce, served on aluminum foil.
Chile momo at Tasty Momo.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

These Nepalese dumplings are the pride of Magoun Square. Sophie Thakali began making momos for friends but soon found herself opening a restaurant. The spicy momos are a must, but be warned: They are not for the faint of heart.

Momo in a thick and fiery-looking red sauce, served on aluminum foil.
Chile momo at Tasty Momo.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Chalawan Asian Eatery

Three steamed dumplings are nestled in a white plate, garnished with strips of ginger and some fresh cilantro.
Snapper dumplings at Chalawan.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Chalawan serves an upscale mix of Southeast Asian cuisines. Dumplings aren’t a focus of the menu; in fact, there’s just one dumpling option, but it’s an absolute must. Aunty Wang’s steamed snapper dumplings, featuring a delicate seafood flavor, are served with chile and black vinegar sauce.

Three steamed dumplings are nestled in a white plate, garnished with strips of ginger and some fresh cilantro.
Snapper dumplings at Chalawan.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Zoe's Chinese Restaurant

Six soup dumplings with thick exteriors sit in a bamboo steamer basket. A white teacup with blue floral markings is visible in the background on the wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Zoe’s.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Zoe’s — a popular Somerville spot that features hefty selections of both Sichuan and Hunan cuisine — offers a variety of dumplings. From steamed juicy pork buns to spicy Sichuan dumplings with peanuts, an eater can’t go wrong.

Six soup dumplings with thick exteriors sit in a bamboo steamer basket. A white teacup with blue floral markings is visible in the background on the wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Zoe’s.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dumpling House

Metal steamer basket with seven soup dumplings. Chopsticks and scattered chile peppers are in the background, on the table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling House.
Dumpling House

The menu at Dumpling House is packed with around a dozen different kinds of dumplings, ranging from vegetarian spinach dumplings to pan-fried dumplings with pork and leek, but the star of the show is the pork soup dumpling.

Metal steamer basket with seven soup dumplings. Chopsticks and scattered chile peppers are in the background, on the table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling House.
Dumpling House

Home Taste

Pan-fried dumplings with a golden-brown exterior sit on a white plate with a small plastic cup of a soy sauce-like dipping sauce
Pan-fried pork dumplings at Home Taste.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Home Taste is perhaps best known for its hand-pulled noodles — go get them now — but the dumplings are also the truth, especially the thick-skinned, pan-fried pork dumplings. There’s a location in Arlington, too.

Pan-fried dumplings with a golden-brown exterior sit on a white plate with a small plastic cup of a soy sauce-like dipping sauce
Pan-fried pork dumplings at Home Taste.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Mary Chung

Overhead view of a round plastic takeout container full of steamed dumplings in an oily, spicy-looking sauce
Mary Chung’s suan la chow show dumplings with pork, via takeout.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The peanut-y dun dun noodles are exceptional, but Mary Chung’s suan la chow show (pork or shrimp wontons topped with a sweet and spicy sauce and raw mung bean sprouts) are essential in Greater Boston’s dumpling canon.

Overhead view of a round plastic takeout container full of steamed dumplings in an oily, spicy-looking sauce
Mary Chung’s suan la chow show dumplings with pork, via takeout.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Mimi’s Chūka Diner at Artifact Cider Project

Chinese-style plate with six pan-seared dumplings on a dark table. Two small plates, one with chile oil and one with a thin brown sauce, sit in the foreground.
Utsunomiya gyoza (pork, chives, carrots, and cabbage) from Mimi’s Chūka Diner.
Mimi’s Chūka Diner

One of the Boston area’s best new-ish pop-ups, Mimi’s Chūka Diner — cofou