There’s no denying we all love dumplings and we're spoilt for choice with dumpling pockets popping up everywhere in Christchurch. Leave your self-control at the door! Here's some of our favourites.
Zen Sushi & Dumplings is one of our newest pockets and is worth seeking out. With doors surrounded by ivy, you know you’re onto something special the moment you walk through the door. The food is beautifully presented in recyclable cardboard boxes adding to the clean contemporary feel. Right down to the wooden forks, Zen really will make you feel......well, Zen. The team are passionate about simple food using the best ingredients including free range meat and locally sourced salmon.
Hot tip: Their Chicken Katsu salad with sesame sauce is a must try.
Setting the scene for dumpling houses in Christchurch. Owner and dumpling king Norman has 30 years experience creating these little parcels and is proud to say all meat is free range and locally sourced. The restaurant has an upmarket street feel with decorative Chinese lanterns and colourful propaganda style posters. The menu offers a wide range of Shanghai-inspired street food from dumplings and steamed buns, to rice, noodle and soup dishes.
Our pick: Try their Siu Mai - packed with pork, prawn, shitake mushrooms, ginger and scallions.
A must do for a night out in Christchurch. Featuring unique Asian-fusion dishes to share with punchy flavour combinations. Casual modern dining with a mix of shared seating, tables and bar stools. King of Snake has a vibrant atmosphere that’s pumping at night so it’s worth making a booking.
Must eats: Sticky Beef Wontons and the Prawn Dumplings in Supreme Broth.
Hailed by locals as the best dumplings in town, The China Kitchen is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a casual lunch or to grab a takeaway. Free from MSG and made fresh daily, the dumplings are generous and are packed full of flavour. Make sure you get ½ dozen mixed dumplings for an entree so you can sample each flavour.
Our favourite: Pork & Chive.
Hands down a city favourite, if you haven’t sampled Potsticker's handmade creations yet, you’re missing out! Not only is everything made on site right in front of you, this pocket has a seriously cool urban vibe with exposed brick walls and red lanterns on the ceiling. Next to the Dux on Poplar Lane, it’s a must visit for after work drinks and dinner, or for a weekend catch up with friends.
Hot tip: Be sure to order a signature cocktail to go with your Dumplings.
Your favourite dumpling pocket isn’t on our list? Be sure to let us know.