Dumplings. Isn’t it just fun to say? These neatly wrapped little packages of delicious things also happen to be very fun to eat - especially the ones on this guide. These 10 places make our favorite dumplings in Miami, and they range from classic Chinese spots to new and exciting pop-ups and even an entirely vegan dim sum restaurant.
When Miami hears “tiene tremendo,” they think, “Culo!” And when we hear “dim sum,” we think “Tropical Chinese.” The classic Bird Road spot has been the city’s favorite dim sum restaurant for a while, and for good reason. The daily dim sum (served until 3:30pm) is a beautiful traffic jam of pushcarts carrying an array of steamed and fried dumplings, shumai, and other great things like pork buns and shrimp rice rolls. And all of the above will live in your head like a great Pitbull lyric.
Kon Chau is a very good Chinese restaurant just off Bird Road, right near Tropical Park. They serve dim sum all day, with a handful of classic and tasty dumpling options - like plump shrimp and pork shumai and green tea mushroom dumplings. Also, we know they’re not dumplings but the steamed roast pork buns are worth ordering too. This place is only open for takeout at the moment and is located in the same shopping complex as Lucky Oriental Mart, a little Chinese grocery store where you can buy frozen dumplings to store in your own freezer.
Zitz Sum is a Coral Gables restaurant and former pandemic dumpling delivery pop-up. So, yes, you should order dumplings - which rotate frequently but will probably always be delicious. We tried a plump pink shrimp har gow and chicken potstickers, which sat on a pile of tingly Sichuan chili. Unfortunately, during our visit, they were out of the pork wonton in brodo. However, based on everything else we ate here, we’re pretty confident that would’ve been incredible too.
Dumpling pop-ups are a trend we enthusiastically endorse, and one of our favorites going on right now is Little Havana’s HaoChi Dumplings. HaoChi is a pop-up that takes over Union Beer Store every Mon-Wed from 4-9pm, and the options include mushroom and leek; shrimp, cabbage and white miso; and pork, beef, and peanut gyoza. If you’re here, just get all three delicious versions, which go well with any of the beers from Union. They have some indoor seating, as well as a backyard patio where you can eat in the company of Little Havana roosters.
A couple of miles north of Kon Chau, you’ll find Canton Palace. There are a whole bunch of tasty Chinese dishes on the menu here, but if you’re on a hunt for dumplings (which sounds like a movie we’d watch) then go straight for the dim sum platter. It comes with shrimp shumai, crispy fried shrimp balls, steamed shrimp dumplings, thick pan-fried pork dumplings, and a couple egg rolls. It feeds two, even though we finished one ourselves and had to lay on the floor in silence for 30 minutes afterward. It was worth it.
If you’re looking for a vegan dumpling option, Minty Z is the spot. The Coconut Grove restaurant is entirely vegan and specializes in dim sum. But even if you’re not actively seeking out vegan options, you should still try this place. They have Cuban corn wontons, vegan shrimp shumai, prosperity beef gyoza, and a bunch of other good things, such as a cloudlike carrot and black sesame bao that’ll make you do a little dance in your chair. There are a couple of outdoor tables and some indoor seating great for a vegan dim sum date, which you can now make a biweekly tradition.
CY Chinese is a North Miami Szechuan spot that a lot of folks go-to for hot pot, a delicious and sort of hard-to-find dish in Miami. And while we totally get coming here for that, you also shouldn’t ignore CY’s dumplings. They come steamed, fried, or (our favorite) swimming in a tingly little bath of red chili oil. The restaurant is currently only doing takeout, but all of the above are available to-go and you can order online.
Dumpling King, also in North Miami, is one of those places where you can get a whole bunch of very solid dumplings for less than $10. You won’t have to worry about still being hungry afterward; the pan-fried dumplings are huge and stuffed generously with chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables. We like the soup dumplings a lot too, which are also the size of small water balloons and filled with lava-hot deliciousness. It’s casual and works for easy weeknight takeout or a dine-in dumpling feast.
Sang’s is another solid North Miami dim sum option to add to your rotation. They do dim sum service from 11am-4pm during the week and 10:30am-4pm on the weekends, offering some good steamed shrimp and leek dumplings, shumai, and too many other things to name here. That’s when you’ll find the most dumpling options on the menu, but they also offer pan-fried dumplings all day as well. Just note that, at the time of this writing, Sang’s is closed for renovations for a few weeks, so call before you go to make sure they’re open.
This Midtown restaurant has some tasty fusion dumplings and non-traditional options, like fried chicken dumplings, Key West shrimp and scallop dumplings, and pork cheek potstickers. Dumplings here range from $7-9 for an order of three, so this isn’t one of those dim sum meals where you can load up the table with a small mountain of dumplings without having to deal with a huge tab, but there are other entrees to help fill you up - like the General Tso gator and mapo tofu.