Take your own dumpling detour in Toronto

We love dumplings. Boas, manti, ravioli, pierogi – you name one, we’re eating it in Toronto right now. We firmly believe a good dumpling is more than the sum of its humble parts – dough, filling and dipping sauce. In Toronto, you’ll find all sorts of versions, from all sorts of places. They each tell a unique story of people and place. You can easily fill a week hopping from country to country through it’s dumplings in the city. Here’s our favorite places for dumplings in Toronto, right now.
 
 
 
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Xiao Long Boa

Chinese Traditional Bun, 536 Dundas Street West What this unassuming dumpling house lacks in decor, it makes up for in flavour. We love their steamed, pork and ‘soup’ filled parcels. Dumpling enthusiasts will love that you can watch the cooks stuff, fold and pleat the days dumplings while dining. Side note: don’t skip the Dan Dan Noodles.
 
 
 
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Pierogi

Cafe Polonez, 195 Roncesvalles Avenue These hand-folded Polish dumplings can be filled with anything from sauerkraut to potatoes to blueberries (though please, not at the same time!). At Cafe Polonez they served them up boiled or fried, with sour cream and lardy onions (with the savoury versions!); solo or as part of massive tasting platters. If you want to expand your Eastern European dumpling repertoire, they also serve Knedle, kopytka and uszka with barszcz.
 
 
 
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Manti

Anatolia Restaurant, 5122 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke Manti are Turkish beef-filled dumplings, boiled and typically topped with garlic yogurt. At Anatolia they drizzle them with hot butter and chili to kick it up a notch. They’re delicate and delicious!
 
 
 
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Momos

TC’s Tibetan Momos, Saturdays at the Evergreen Brick Works Market These hand braided little Tibetan morsels come in two varieties: beef and vegetable. At the market, they’re served with heaps of pickled cabbage and hot sauce.
 
 
 
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Gyoza

Ramen Isshin, 421 College Street Gyoza are Japanese dumplings using wonton wrappers, typically stuffed with pork and cabbage. At Isshin, their near-flawless ramen is hard to beat, but the deep-fried gyoza dumplings are well worth the visit too!
 
 
 
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Daifuku

Hcafe, 4750 Yonge Street The easiest way to explain Daifuku is to call them Japanese rice cake “balls”. They can be filled with savoury or sweet fillings. At HCafe they fill some with fresh fruit to a cool, unexpected texture.
 
 
 
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Agnolotti

Famiglia Baldassarre, 122 Geary Avenue You’ve probably heard of ravioli and tortellini, but the seasonal agnolotti – a Piemontese filled pasta – wins due to it’s slightly larger size. We like the ratio of filling to chewy dough in this classic Italian shape; and like most of the pastas at this tiny Toronto shop, their version is damn near perfect every time.

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Steambox Dumplings

1255 Dundas Street West These guys riff on all sorts of traditional dumplings using local, Ontario ingredients whenever possible. We love their Kimchi Bacon Mandu, the yam chipotle with whole edamame and the cheddar ragu – which is basically a pizza dumpling! It’s the best of all worlds. The shop is a pop-up out of Death From Venice with a couple seats, but if you don’t happen to snag one you can always grab a bag from the freeer to make at home!
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