Richmond’s Dumpling Trail Delights

By Jaclyn Jularbal

Take yourself on a tasty adventure with Richmond’s new self-guided Dumpling Trail.  With each location just a short walking distance from each other, the Dumpling Trail makes it easy to experience new flavours that are sure to make their way onto your favourites list. Each restaurant has been hand-selected by Tourism Richmond to ensure a great experience, so travel the Trail as a group or take your best foodie friend with you and experience all of Richmond’s top dumpling hotspots.

The Dumpling Trail is designed to take you on an exciting culinary adventure. Where to begin? Try one of these sure-fire places:

Empire Seafood Restaurant
200 – 5951 No. 3 Road
Tel: 604.249.0080

Avid dim sum lovers look no further. Empire Seafood Restaurant has all the staples, including an elegant white tablecloth and round-table environment to enjoy good dumplings over conversations with your whole family. The quality of each bite is top-notch, with all dumplings handmade and packed with flavour.

Minced pork & dried shrimp dumplings from Empire Seafood Restaurant
Minced pork & dried shrimp dumplings from Empire Seafood Restaurant

What to order?

  • Deep fried duck and taro pastries
  • Steamed shrimp dumplings
  • Deep fried minced pork and dried shrimp dumplings
  • Bonus: Try the flaky egg tarts!

Note from Tourism Richmond: Try their signature xiao long bao.

Taro & duck dumplings from Empire Seafood Restaurant
Taro & duck dumplings from Empire Seafood Restaurant

Su Hang Restaurant
100 – 8291 Ackroyd Road
Tel: 604.278.7787

For a more intimate atmosphere, try the upscale dining experience at Su Hang. With a window that looks right into the kitchen, you can watch as the dumpling chef works diligently away at creating each tasty morsel from scratch. With quick and friendly service, make sure you come hungry and prepared to eat.

Pan-fried veggie dumplings from Su Hang Restaurant
Pan-fried veggie dumplings from Su Hang Restaurant

What to order?

  • Steamed veggie dumplings
  • Pan fried shrimp and chives dumplings
  • Steamed bun with pork filling
  • Bonus: The sweet Sesame Dumplings & Rice Glue in Wine!
Sesame dumplings & rice glue in wine from Su Hang Restaurant
Sesame dumplings & rice glue in wine from Su Hang Restaurant

Samsoonie
140 – 8211 Westminster Highway
Tel: 778.297.7798

Tucked away in an unsuspecting corner lies this gem – an eatery that exists partly because of how good their handmade Korean dumplings are. You see, Samsoonie has been making dumplings – or mandu – for 8 years, and they’ve been so successful as a supplier that they decided to open up a restaurant. You can taste the heart and soul that goes into each piece.

Deep-fried wontons from Samsoonie
Deep-fried wontons from Samsoonie

What to order?

  • Boiled dumplings
  • Pan fried dumplings
  • Deep fried wontons
  • Bonus: Kimchi!

R&H Chinese Food
5300 No. 3 Road, Lansdowne Centre Food Court
Tel: 778.297.5668

Now this place is a real treat. Located in Lansdowne shopping mall, it’s not only a more quick-and-casual option but it’s also a great learning experience. Watch as they make dumplings right in front of you and enjoy the authentic experience, almost like you’re in someone’s kitchen. Head in for a quick bite or stay awhile and try them all – it’s up to you.

Dumplings in progress at R&H Chinese Food
Dumplings in progress at R&H Chinese Food

What to order?

  • Steamed juice pork buns
  • Boiled pork dumplings with chives
  • Grilled beef dumplings
  • Bonus: Take some frozen dumplings home with you!

Note from Tourism Richmond: Try their signature xiao long bao.

Steamed juicy pork buns from R&H Chinese Food
Steamed juicy pork buns from R&H Chinese Food

Golden Sichuan Restaurant
170 – 3631 No. 3 Road
Tel: 604.288.9058

Feeling spicy? Hop over to Golden Sichuan Restaurant and tantalize your taste buds with dumplings that have bite. The combination of chillies and the soft texture of their dumpling will leave you craving this handmade goodness for days.

Sichuan wonton with chilli oil from Golden Sichuan Restaurant
Sichuan wonton with chilli oil from Golden Sichuan Restaurant

What to order?

  • Spicy dumplings
  • Sichuan wonton with chilli oil
  • Boiled pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings
  • Bonus: Sichuan-style everything!
Spicy dumplings from Golden Sichuan Restaurant
Spicy dumplings from Golden Sichuan Restaurant

To learn more about dumplings styles, and for a complete map of each location, visit the Dumpling Trail website.