Dainty Dumpling House, Haymarket

Authentic Chinese dumplings in the heart of Chinatown

Located Market City Shopping Centre Ground Level, Shop R1.01B 9–13 Hay Street, Haymarket 2000

Dainty Dumpling House is much more than your ordinary dumpling house in Chinatown. As you enter, to your left, there is an ornate Chinese tea set and above, beautiful lanterns suspended from the ceiling. You can see how much attention the detail the owners have put in to create an authentic Chinese dining experience. There’s also a bustling open kitchen, it’s incredible to watch the chefs in action, cooking with such efficiency, precision and speed.

Tonight, was a feast of epic proportions organised by none other than Sydney foodie, Lilopeng from Fork and Chopsticks Girls. I got to catch up with some old foodie friends including Asian Food Ninja, Ningjaeats, Phillxiaaaaa, Ryan La, Tsy Melissa, Dion Woo, and finally got to meet PaulPayaSalad in person!

We started with — you guessed it — dumplings! And they certainly were dainty, as they arrived still in the bamboo steamer baskets. The scallop, prawn and fish roe dumplings were definitely my favourite. For something a bit fancier, I highly recommend the black caviar dumplings.

Of course, there’s the gloriously deep-fried variety too. The oh-so-cute hedgehog-shaped dumplings filled with Chinese mushrooms and carrots are a clear winner. These arrived in a dainty vintage basket with two levels, both filled with deep-fried morsels of deliciousness.

And you can’t complete a Chinese dinner without fried rice and noodles. We got the salted pork and vegetable fried rice along with the seafood stir fry. Add some of the stir-fried string beans to the rice for an extra jolt of flavour.

What really piqued my interest was the chrysanthemum honey soy eggplant dish. Upon looking at it, we all though it must be fried chicken but as we bit in, we were greeted by the delicious taste of eggplant infused with honey, soy and surprisingly, chrysanthemum. These were topped with sesame and dried onions which always add so much flavour. To satiate your desire for crunch, order the 7 flavour tofu. These bite-sized tofu pieces are deep fried and topped with sesame seeds. And of course, the chicken and cashew stir fry and steamed fish were delectable.

For dessert, you can’t go past the osmanthus jelly. This is a classic Chinese dessert with all things healthy and herbal from osmanthus to goji berries. There’s a beautiful floral scent to this jelly and I highly recommend it! Also, if you’re into cute desserts, definitely order the custard carrots, which look deceptively savoury but are actually filled with sweet custard inside.


Overall

Dainty Dumpling House goes beyond your typical dumpling house in Chinatown, offering unique dumplings from their hedgehog vegetable buns to custard filled carrots. I highly recommend the scallop, prawn and fish roe dumplings and black caviar dumplings for something special. For dessert, definitely order the osmanthus jelly for its subtle floral taste and scent.

Verdict: MindBlown
Service: 4/5
LeeLoo dined as a guest of Dainty Dumpling House.

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