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Fu Chun prepares xiaolongbao and other Shanghainese specialties.
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15 Fantastic Dumpling Destinations in Montreal

Where to go for plump, pillowy packets of seafood, meat, and veggies

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Fu Chun prepares xiaolongbao and other Shanghainese specialties.
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Montreal’s Chinese dumplings are not to be missed. Think bamboo steamers with pillowy bundles stuffed with any combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, eggs, and herbs.

Most in the city are of the jiaozi or xiaolongbao variety. In the first category, dumpling contents are finely ground and sealed in thinly rolled pieces of dough. The latter are soup dumplings, so you’ll want to bite them open only slightly and suck out the broth inside the casing before chowing down so you don’t burn your mouth. Both are represented on the map below, featuring 15 spots worth trying.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Yi Pin Xiang

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There’s a long list of dumplings on the menu at this St-Laurent option dishing up steamed or fried varieties filled with pork, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, and seafood. It’s a casual spot with minimal decor, and in the warmer months, there’s outdoor seating.

Mui Mui

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In contrast to most other destinations on this list, the dumpling options at this charming spot in Mile-Ex are few — but they are noteworthy. One option fills beet-stained dough with duck confit, while another features kabocha squash and wood ear mushrooms. The rest of the menu includes sophisticated plates of Asian-inflected fare.

Mademoiselle Dumpling

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You can watch as dumpling experts roll out the dough by hand in the front window of this compact option in La Petite-Patrie. The menu includes pork, chicken, beef, and vegetarian dumplings, plus the opportunity to do a tasting plate of all types. They also serve traditional salads, soups, and noodle dishes in newly renovated digs.

Mama Dumplings

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This low-key spot in DDO serves up your classic steamed dumplings with a variety of fillings —pork, beef, chicken, lamb, or vegetarian. The space has a rustic-chic vibe, with white walls accented by wooden and red decor.

Café Mei

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The dumplings are offered either steamed or fried at this Mile End mainstay that’s been plating Chinese fare with a Thai twist since 1987. Start with the jiaozi, then try other options like their signature pad thai or general tao.

Harbin Dumplings (multiple locations)

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Connoisseurs agree that this dumpling destination is a must for classic jiaozi. Named after the owner’s hometown, Harbin brings traditional flavours and preparation to the Montreal dining scene. With two locations in proximity to each other (one on St-Laurent and the other on St-Denis), there’s ample opportunity to enjoy its offerings

Teochew Foodie (multiple locations)

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This takeout-only stop (with two locations) offers deep-fried and steamed dumpling options filled with local ingredients like pork, shrimp, beef, chicken, and vegetables. You can choose to pick up the food already cooked or frozen to make yourself.

The Dumpling Hut

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It’s dumplings only (plus two salads) at this quaint stop in Milton Park, where owners aim to keep the vibe homey, so rest assured the jiaozi are handmade on-site. The decor is minimal, with a mixture of brick and white walls and lots of light streaming in from the windows.

Mai Xiang Yuan

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Expect lots of flavour and little decor with this decade-old dumpling specialist (with locations in Chinatown and Downtown). The menu features classic jiaozi with options like pork, seafood, chicken and vegetables, and traditional soups, salads, and noodle dishes.

Qing Hua Dumpling

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A veteran of the Montreal dumpling scene — with locations in Chinatown and Shaughnessy Village — Qing Hua is known for its traditional jiaozi. Its menu is long with many vegetarian, seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and lamb options, but don’t be overwhelmed. There isn’t a wrong choice.

Chef Lee

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Sister spot to Qing Hua and Sammi & Soupe, this Shaughnessy Village option specializes in sheng jian bao — a type of dumpling originating in Shanghai that is pan-fried and typically filled with pork and gelatin that melts into soup when cooked. You can stick to the dumplings, which quite literally burst with flavour, or try some other Shanghai-style street food like pork belly buns and fried chicken wonton soup.

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

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It’s no surprise that you can expect xiaolongbao at this dependable option (with multiple locations) from the Qing Hua team. The menu also features salads, noodles, pan-fried dumplings, and even pizza dumplings.

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Soup dumplings (xiaolongbao) are what it’s about at this ground-level stop in Shaughnessy Village. The menu includes signature dishes like Shanghainese duck leg, fried pork chop, and several noodle options. The space is bright with kelly green walls and light wood furniture.

Ai Dumpling

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It's diners' choice at this NDG destination, where a long list of dumplings can be prepared fried, steamed, or boiled, depending on preference. The space is no-frills, with just a few tables, but the kitchen view is open, so you can watch the dumplings as they are made.

Montreal Chinese Crepes & Dumplings

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As the name implies, Chinese crepes and dumplings are the main events at this neighbourhood spot in Montreal West. Expect jiaozi filled with beef, pork, shrimp and scallops, plus several vegetarian options. The decor is minimal, and the quarters are pretty compact, but the food makes it worth the trip.

Yi Pin Xiang

There’s a long list of dumplings on the menu at this St-Laurent option dishing up steamed or fried varieties filled with pork, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, and seafood. It’s a casual spot with minimal decor, and in the warmer months, there’s outdoor seating.

Mui Mui

In contrast to most other destinations on this list, the dumpling options at this charming spot in Mile-Ex are few — but they are noteworthy. One option fills beet-stained dough with duck confit, while another features kabocha squash and wood ear mushrooms. The rest of the menu includes sophisticated plates of Asian-inflected fare.

Mademoiselle Dumpling

You can watch as dumpling experts roll out the dough by hand in the front window of this compact option in La Petite-Patrie. The menu includes pork, chicken, beef, and vegetarian dumplings, plus the opportunity to do a tasting plate of all types. They also serve traditional salads, soups, and noodle dishes in newly renovated digs.

Mama Dumplings

This low-key spot in DDO serves up your classic steamed dumplings with a variety of fillings —pork, beef, chicken, lamb, or vegetarian. The space has a rustic-chic vibe, with white walls accented by wooden and red decor.

Café Mei

The dumplings are offered either steamed or fried at this Mile End mainstay that’s been plating Chinese fare with a Thai twist since 1987. Start with the jiaozi, then try other options like their signature pad thai or general tao.

Harbin Dumplings (multiple locations)

Connoisseurs agree that this dumpling destination is a must for classic jiaozi. Named after the owner’s hometown, Harbin brings traditional flavours and preparation to the Montreal dining scene. With two locations in proximity to each other (one on St-Laurent and the other on St-Denis), there’s ample opportunity to enjoy its offerings

Teochew Foodie (multiple locations)

This takeout-only stop (with two locations) offers deep-fried and steamed dumpling options filled with local ingredients like pork, shrimp, beef, chicken, and vegetables. You can choose to pick up the food already cooked or frozen to make yourself.

The Dumpling Hut

It’s dumplings only (plus two salads) at this quaint stop in Milton Park, where owners aim to keep the vibe homey, so rest assured the jiaozi are handmade on-site. The decor is minimal, with a mixture of brick and white walls and lots of light streaming in from the windows.

Mai Xiang Yuan

Expect lots of flavour and little decor with this decade-old dumpling specialist (with locations in Chinatown and Downtown). The menu features classic jiaozi with options like pork, seafood, chicken and vegetables, and traditional soups, salads, and noodle dishes.

Qing Hua Dumpling

A veteran of the Montreal dumpling scene — with locations in Chinatown and Shaughnessy Village — Qing Hua is known for its traditional jiaozi. Its menu is long with many vegetarian, seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and lamb options, but don’t be overwhelmed. There isn’t a wrong choice.

Chef Lee

Sister spot to Qing Hua and Sammi & Soupe, this Shaughnessy Village option specializes in sheng jian bao — a type of dumpling originating in Shanghai that is pan-fried and typically filled with pork and gelatin that melts into soup when cooked. You can stick to the dumplings, which quite literally burst with flavour, or try some other Shanghai-style street food like pork belly buns and fried chicken wonton soup.

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

It’s no surprise that you can expect xiaolongbao at this dependable option (with multiple locations) from the Qing Hua team. The menu also features salads, noodles, pan-fried dumplings, and even pizza dumplings.

Fu Chun

Soup dumplings (xiaolongbao) are what it’s about at this ground-level stop in Shaughnessy Village. The menu includes signature dishes like Shanghainese duck leg, fried pork chop, and several noodle options. The space is bright with kelly green walls and light wood furniture.

Ai Dumpling

It's diners' choice at this NDG destination, where a long list of dumplings can be prepared fried, steamed, or boiled, depending on preference. The space is no-frills, with just a few tables, but the kitchen view is open, so you can watch the dumplings as they are made.

Montreal Chinese Crepes & Dumplings

As the name implies, Chinese crepes and dumplings are the main events at this neighbourhood spot in Montreal West. Expect jiaozi filled with beef, pork, shrimp and scallops, plus several vegetarian options. The decor is minimal, and the quarters are pretty compact, but the food makes it worth the trip.

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