While Chinese restaurants are common in South Florida, the best ones are a cut above. The same can be said about dumpling places. Once you’ve tried the best, you can forget the rest. Dumplings come in different varieties from crunchy and fried to soft and chewy boiled. They can be filled with veggies, pork, beef, chicken, and sometimes something more exotic, like crab. These five restaurants excel…
Naruto 88 Bistro
10471 N Kendall Dr
Miami, FL 33176
Upon entering, you are greeted with a heavily Naruto-inspired scene. Small figurines stand and pose near the tables on the left while paintings of characters from Japanese anime adorn the walls. The food compliments the aesthetic. Japanese cuisine is the central focus. The dumplings, or gyoza as they are called in Japan, are fried and cost $9. Inside them is chicken. (unfortunately they don’t offer any other kind of filling). If you prefer them boiled, you can request dumpling ramen, which costs $15. The dumplings themselves are good — the fried ones are crunchy and flavorful while the boiled ones are soft, chewy, and compliment the broth they are served in. The place offers delivery by GrubHub and is open weekdays from noon to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is perfect for fans of Japanese cuisine, anime or anyone looking to try something new.
237 NE 167th St
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
As the name suggests, the specialty of this place is dumplings. They have fried and boiled ones along with a special soup type that contains a bit of broth inside. Slurping once before you take a small bite is a good idea so you don’t make too much of a mess. They offer pork, chicken, beef, vegetables, and a few unique types, such as crab. The prices are $9.99 except for the crab and pork soup-steamed type, which are $10.99. They are closed on Tuesdays, but on all other days they are open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. They have other foods you would traditionally find in Chinese restaurant, such as sesame chicken and General Tso chicken.
Long Gong Chinese Restaurant
11920 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184
The menu of Long Gong offers the usual Chinese food we all expect, but also a special menu that contains more traditional Chinese dishes. The dumplings are fried, crispy, and flavorful. A steamed version is also available, and is just as good. Some circular tables have a smaller circle in the middle that spins when you turn it, allowing for plates to be shared easily among guests. Dumplings cost $6.99, and while cheaper than the other restaurants, they are a little smaller in size. They only offer a pork filling, and are open every day except Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
19565 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180
Yip Aventura is conveniently located inside the food hall in Aventura Mall. This cute, dim-sum restaurant serves flavorful Asian cuisine. There are more than seven types of dumplings to choose from. They cost $7.38 for 3, a bit on the expensive side but, you can’t put a price on authenticity. Yip has two other locations in Doral and Wynwood.
6705 Main St.
Miami Lakes, 33014
This family-owned restaurant has won over many South Florida residents’ stomachs. 107 Taste specializes in trendy Asian food at affordable prices. Gyoza (Japanese potstickers) are one of their best-selling dumpling starters. They have options with vegetable and pork filling — steamed or fried. With a relaxing environment and speedy service, they live up to their slogan: “Be cool! Have fun!” Visit one of their many locations and get six delicious dumplings for $7.50.