Little balls of dough stuffed with any filling you can think of. Perfect. Here's our favourites...
Beef Momo’s @ The Tibetan Kitchen
The areas around Tibet and Nepal are notorious for their harsh weather – a condition of being so high up in the sky that it’s a daily struggle just to bloody breathe. Well, to keep warm the people in the Himalayas tuck into MOMO’s – a thicker, sturdier and stodgier version of the traditional Chinese dumpling. They usually contain Yak over there but the one’s at Tibetan Kitchen in Chorlton have replaced it with a choice of beef or vegetables. Yum!
The Tibetan Kitchen, 254 Upper Chorlton Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0BN
Duck Gyoza @ Dive NQ
With the arrival of the brilliant Zumu kitchen takeover, Dive NQ have gone from flogging huge cheesy burgers and burritos to offering up a massive menu of Asian street food favourites. Nothing screams ‘street food’ more than dumplings and Dive’s are certainly a must-have when you visit. They offer 3 different fillings; Chicken, Duck or Vegetarian. The duck ones are phenomenal – make sure you get them!
Dive NQ, 12 Tib St, Manchester M4 1SH
Pork & Kimchi @ Cottonopolis
Champions of Dim Sum, Cottonopolis pride themselves on their Gyoza, each one coming stuffed to brimming with a filling containing that signature Cottonopolis ‘twist’. Fans of prawns will love their Tiger Prawn & Water Chestnut ones, vegetarians can tuck into their Truffled Mushroom, Corn & Seitan ones but by far the best (i.e. my favourite) are the pan-fried Pork & Kimchi ones – they’re truly wonderful.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Pork & Prawn @ Oh Mei Dumpling
Winner of the MFDF Best Street Food Trader 2018, Oh Mei Dumpling is surely the city’s leading authority when it comes to food wrapped around little bits of dough. All of the dumplings are handmade, served with Asian slaw and dipping sauces but it’s all about the sublime fillings; with the classic Pork & Prawn always present alongside ever-changing options such as Spicy Beef, Fried Tofu and plenty more. Check their social channels for where they’ll be next.
Wagyu Dumpling @ Tattu
At the forefront of high-end Chinese cuisine in the city, Tattu of course offer some brilliant dumplings on their menu, perfect alongside some of their larger dishes and cocktails sat underneath the cherry blossom tree. Don’t worry too much about choosing the best ones to eat – it’s easy – the Wagyu Dumpling with kimchi and spring onions. They are THE BEST. Bar none.
Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB