Richmond’s Dumpling Trail: Self-Guided Dumpling Tour

Diana Chan November 28, 2018 Richmond, travel

The Dumpling Trail is still on-going with new restaurants that have been added this year, this collection of 20 restaurants serves up some delicious dumplings. You can go to one restaurant or up to as many as you want depending on what your stomach can handle. Richmond, BC is home to over 800 restaurants, most famous for having North America’s best Chinese cuisine, but exceptional Asian cooking is just the tip of Richmond’s culinary iceberg. These restaurants offer everything from burgers to banh mi and fine dining to family fare.

Did you know, The Dumpling Trail is listed among CNN Travel’s list of 12 of the world’s most enticing food and drink trails?

Today, we embark on hitting up 5 restaurants to try different types of dumplings from Xiao Long Bao to Bánh Bột Lọc. We would have loved to go to more, but there is only so much stomach space we have.

Parklane Chinese Restaurant:

Dumplings: Har Gow, Chiu Chow Fun Gor, Sui Mai, Wu Gok, Ham Sui Gok

Parklane Chinese Restaurant was our first stop for Dim Sum, a Cantonese style meal of steamed dumplings prepared in small, almost bite-sized portions. These dishes can be pan-fried, deep-fried, and baked as well, which are designed to be eaten communally and washed down with tea. You will normally have dim sum in the mornings or even into the early afternoon.

With any Dim Sum restaurant in Richmond, I would highly recommend reservations ahead of time as it can get very busy.

Har Gow (Steamed Shrimp Dumpling)

Chiu Chow Fun Gor (Steamed Pork & Raddish Dumpling with Peanut)

 Siu Mai (Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling)

Wu Gok (Deep Fried Taro Root Dumpling)

Ham Sui Gok (Deep Fried Minced Pork Dumplings)

Tsim Chai Noodles

Dumplings: Wonton

Tsim Chai Noodles is located in Richmond and serves Cantonese cuisine, but specifically specializes in wonton noodle in soup. These wontons are filled with ground pork and shrimp, or a mix of ingredients.

No reservations needed, but if there is a line up, the turnover is quite quick.

 Pigs Knuckle and Wonton

Sui Kau in Soup with No Noodle

Fresh Prawn Wontons in Soup with No Noodle

Fresh Prawn Wontons in Soup with Noodle

R&H Chinese Food

Dumplings: Xiao Long Bao, Wontons, Guo Tie

R&H Chinese Food is a unique food stall inside the Lansdowne Food Court. This casual quick stop features a diverse selection of dumplings from crispy to chewy to all types of textures.

You can watch them make the dumplings by hand as you wait for your order and see them made by scratch.

Guo Tie (Grilled Pork Dumplings with Chives)

Xiao Long Bao (Soup-filled pork dumplings)

 Wontons in Chili Sauce

Bánh Mì Très Bon

Dumplings: Bánh Bột Lọc

A unique addition this year to The Dumpling Trail is Bánh Mì Très Bon with their Vietnamese dumplings.

You’ll want to avoid the busy rush as the space is small and they don’t take reservations.

Bánh Bột Lọc are thin tapioca-skinned dumplings with sweet chili fish sauce and must be eaten fresh. These dumplings are filled with shrimp and pork belly, they’re the perfect appetizer to any meal.

Pepper Lunch

Dumplings: Gyoza

Pepper Lunch is an international Japanese chain specializing in Japanese-inspired beef, chicken, fish and pork on sizzling plates.

There are over 350 locations worldwide. What’s great about Pepper Lunch being in Canada is that we have high quality beef, chicken and fish available. Pepper Lunch Canada uses Certified Angus Beef and BC Steelhead Salmon.

Gyozas are on the menu and pan-fried on their hot sizzling grill.We ordered 12 pieces and it comes with 6 chicken gyozas and 6 beef.

Final Thoughts

What I love about self-guided tours is that you can go about your own pace and order whatever you want. Richmond is home to some of the best dumplings in North America, so get started by doing some research by exploring the restaurants that are taking part in The Dumpling Trail. Some restaurants are cash only and some may require reservations during peak hours.


About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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