Harajuku Gyoza, Broadbeach: In case the name wasn’t enough of a giveaway, Harajuku Gyoza specialises in delicious Japanese dumplings (gyoza) and beer, dishing up a delicious array of the tasty morsels. The gyoza are crafted from scratch on site and filled with delicious combinations like duck, beef with shiso, and lemongrass chicken, and are served either grilled or poached. If you haven’t tried the crispy fried mozzarella gyoza, you haven’t lived.
Mei Wei Dumplings, Broadbeach: For delicious traditional dumplings with a side of theatrics, you can’t go past The Star Gold Coast’s own dumpling bar. The casual eatery features a dumpling menu dotted with explosive and authentic flavours – the kitchen is encased by a massive viewing glass, so you can watch the dumpling masters at work. Safe to say your beloved dumplings are in good hands here.
Backbone Bar, Tugun: Specialising in Asian-style street eats, this southern gem dishes up a quality dumpling and dim sum offering. The pork gyoza is a winner here, it’s filled with plum-ponzu shimeji mushroom and served with kombu and nagi. Choose something glorious from the beer-tap wall to wash it down with.
Muso Ramen & Gyoza, Mermaid Beach: This popular noodle bar is the go-to for traditional Japanese soul food (aka ramen and gyoza), handcrafting both its ramen noodles and gyoza fresh on site daily. Choose from pork, beef or cheese gyoza, which are served pan fried or steamed with a stash of spicy oil on the side.
Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach: Acting as the ideal accompaniment its famed robata-grill, sushi and sashimi offerings are Etsu’s mouthwatering house-made gyoza. There’s wagyu beef with mushroom duxelles and scallion, or a pork, chicken, chives and cabbage variety, both served with a chilli-soy dip.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach: This hidden Asian dining gem has a hefty dumpling section on its menu. Feast on the likes of pork, cabbage and chive dumplings with sesame oil, the steamed wagyu beef or the pork and prawn dumplings. Do not leave here without trying the fried waygu beef dumplings.
Mr Hizola’s, Burleigh Heads: Its extensive dim sum selection is dotted with traditional Chinese-style dumplings – think punchy offerings like lamb and Szechuan pepper dumplings, kale pea and sweet potato dumplings, pork potstickers and steamed wagyu beef dumplings.
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar, Broadbeach: Mama’s dumplings are a real treat. The delicate hand-made snapper and crab ‘ravioli’ dumplings with scallops, water chestnuts and a coconut-sambal bisque are worthy of a spot on your chopsticks.
Jimmy Wah’s, Burleigh Heads: Jimmy puts a Vietnamese twist on dumplings – get your chopsticks around the snapper and crab dumplings with mirin and white soy. You can thank us later.
Lucky Bao, Mermaid Waters: Small but mighty, Lucky Bao is a prime pick if you’re looking for dumplings on the Gold Coast. This sleek spot serves up two kinds of mouth-watering gyoza – pan-fried prawn gyoza with soy vinegar or pan-fried vegetable gyoza with chilli and ponzu.
Kathmandu MoMo House and Bar, Surfers Paradise: If you’ve never partaken in the Nepalese version of dumplings, you are absolutely missing out – and this is the best spot to get them on the coast. Kathmandu serves up momos with vegetarian, chicken or buffalo meat fillings in a huge range of styles – steamed, fried, half/half, marinated, with soup … We could go on but you should really just go there and try them all.