Nothing warms you up in winter quite like dumplings. It’s definitely the season for it, don’t you think. We can’t get enough of them. And if you have a hankering for them too, then get yourself to Chinaman Dumpling in Cremorne. It’s good, authentic and modest Chinese street food that will have you coming back again and again.
Now don’t expect anything over-the-top fancy. The décor is simple but nice, with bird cages hanging from the ceiling and splashes of red throughout, starting with the big red doors at the entrance. Also expect humble authentic dumplings that hold back on the bells and whistles. Because who needs them when you’re tucking into street-inspired food. We certainly didn’t miss it.
The food may be inspired from Chinese street food faves, but a little finesse has been added to make them more than just mainstream. Flavours and presentation have been considered, and it’s the perfect place for a relaxed date night or a boisterous group gatherings, especially since it’s BYO. But be warned, the locals have well and truly caught onto this little gem and things do get busy.
Chinaman Dumpling is owned by Kenny Lee (from Cha Cha Dumpling and Makanai Ramen Restaurant), and you’ll find him cooking up a delicious storm in the open plan kitchen alongside head chef Alex Lee, who’s come over from Mr. Wong. And what have they put on the menu? Plenty of dumplings. A whole page of the menu is dedicated to these doughy parcels of goodness. The dumplings look like any other dumplings, but the difference lies in the flavour, of which it is full of. The Pork and Chive Dumplings (eight dumplings per serving!) are the standout, but why not work your way through all of them and decide for yourself.
But it’s not all dumplings. Oh no, there’s plenty more on the menu. In fact, expect to be a little overwhelmed. Where to begin? We recommend Peking duck pancakes (who doesn’t love them), salt and pepper prawns (they are huge, fresh and simple but delish), and the black pepper wagyu goes down a treat with some fried rice (there’s vegetable, prawn and duck to choose from).
Finish the night with fried ice cream, a crispy coconut batter wrapped around a full scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled generously with chocolate and caramel syrup, and you’ll be ready to roll yourself home, full and satisfied.
4 Rangers Road, Cremorne NSW 2090
BYO, Private room available for group bookings
(02) 9953 7072
Photos by Chelsea Tromans