Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dainty Dumpling House

If you are a fan of Chinese dumplings, there’s good news because the craze in Sydney continues since the opening of Lotus Dumpling Bar and The Argyle in the city.

Whether “dumpling bar” or “dumpling house”, these restaurants are now popping up in every Sydney suburb that shows any hint of a vibrant Asian community.

The Pinnacle is the tallest residential tower by Mirvac and this latest development in Rhodes boasts a large public plaza on street level with a wine bar, hair saloon, large Asian grocer, cafes and restaurants all opening within weeks of each other.

Dainty Dumpling House is the latest eatery at the corner of Mary street and Rider Boulevard, launching its debut with a boisterous fanfare, offering free dumplings to the first customers for the entire year.

Cymbals and drums at opening ceremony of Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Cymbals and drums at opening ceremony of Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

The sounds of drums and cymbals fill the air on Rider Boulevard on opening day.

Lion Dance at opening ceremony of Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Lion Dance at opening ceremony of Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Lion Dance is an important custom for the Chinese who believe this vibrant dance ushers in good fortune and drives away evil spirits.

The al fresco dining area of Dainty is part of the large public plaza at street level and a big crowd is gathering to watch the show.

Mayor of City of Canada Bay Council, Angelo Tserikas with owner Marko Li

Mayor of City of Canada Bay Council, Angelo Tsirekas with owner Marko Li

The owner of Dainty, Marko Li has invited the Mayor of City of Canada Bay Council, Angelo Tsirekas to the launch and they introduce the restaurant’s panda dumplings to the crowd.

Rhodes Multinational Community Association

Rhodes Multinational Community Association

Members of the local multicultural association for Rhodes is also out in full force and are enthusiastically handing out T-shirts to the crowd.

Queuing for dumplings at Dainty Dumpling House on launch day, Rhodes

Queuing for dumplings at Dainty Dumpling House on launch day, Rhodes

Free dumplings for an entire year is like Ribs & Burgers offering a free burger every week for a year when they opened their branch in Rhodes a few months ago.

A long queue snakes its way around as hundreds of people eagerly wait to sample dumplings and noodles.

Dining room ~ Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dining room ~ Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

With a kind invitation from Marko Li since its opening launch, Mysaucepan and I are back here to sample Dainty’s new menu.

Spicy shrimp and pork wonton $5.80

Spicy shrimp and pork wonton $5.80

Spicy shrimp and pork wonton are soft and come with a tangy chilli oil.

Spicy shrimp and pork wonton

Spicy shrimp and pork wonton

The delicate skin tears with a gentle nudge of my chopsticks, the sauce adding a chilli and sour note to the morsel of pork mince. The easiest way to eat these slippery dumplings is to put one on a soup spoon if your chopstick skills are not up to scratch.

Xiao Long Bao 8 pieces $8.80

Xiao Long Bao 8 pieces $8.80

A dumpling meal may not be complete without a serve of xiao long bao. The skin on these dumplings can be more delicate as it is a little thick and firm.

Water spinach with chilli prawn paste $11.80

Water spinach with chilli prawn paste $11.80

A water spinach with chilli prawn paste is kangkong belachan made ever so popular in Malaysian restaurants. Flash fried in a hot wok, the pungent prawn paste and fresh crunch of water spinach are wafting with smoky wok aromas.

Sweet and tangy diced chilli chicken noodles $9.80

Sweet and tangy diced chilli chicken noodles $9.80

Chilli chicken noodles is fresh and firm though personally, I prefer a savoury taste over a sweet and tangy combination for my noodles.

Vegetarian delight $4.80

Vegetarian delight $4.80

Vegetarian delight is a refreshing combination of beansprouts, slivers of seaweed, shallots and chilli. The crunchy texture of the vegetables is brought to life with the nutty flavour of sesame oil.

Prawn spring rolls $6.80

Prawn spring rolls $6.80

Prawn spring rolls is light and crispy but the one ingredient that sets them apart is the savoury flavour of cheddar cheese. Think crisp Welsh rarebits and I could be back here just for half a dozen of these spring rolls.

Fried rice with three kinds of eggs $10.80

Fried rice with three kinds of eggs $10.80

Fried rice with three kinds of eggs is fast becoming very popular and rivalling traditional styles of fried rice in many Chinese restaurants. Preserved egg (sometimes known as ‘century egg’, salted duck egg and hen’s egg combine to give a tasty salt complexity to complement smoky wok aromas.

Dainty has a good range of classic Chinese dumplings complemented by popular dishes such as chilled drunken chicken, spicy sour soup, stir-fried noodles and fried rice.

It serves popular comfort food and panda buns can certainly look dainty come to think of it.

Owner Marco Li with Dainty's signature panda buns $6.80

Owner Marco Li with Dainty's signature panda buns $6.80

So dear readers, do you have a favourite restaurant for Chinese dumplings in Sydney?

ChopinandMysaucepan dined as guests of Marko Li and Dainty Dumpling House. Prices are for readers’ information. All views and opinions are our own.

Dainty Dumpling House
Shop 6 – 7 Rider Boulevard
Rhodes, New South Wales

Tel: +61 423 298 410

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8 Responses to Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

  1. Juliana says:

    Oh! The panda buns are so cute…I am so jealous, for me to have a nice Chinese meal I will need to drive quite a lot…my mouth is watering with this pictures…and I just had dinner.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  2. Looks like Dainty has the panda to Chef’s Gallery’s piggy buns!

    Next time I get my Nikon serviced at Rhodes I’ll be sure to drop by for 20-30 dumplings!

  3. Did someone say fried rice with 3…3 kinds of eggs?! I am eager to try!

  4. Raymund says:

    That Water spinach with chilli prawn paste reminds me of a Filipino dish nearly cooked the same, I love it

  5. milkteaxx says:

    dumpling places are everywhere now!

  6. What a cool idea for a grand opening! All the dishes look fantastic! Although I enjoy dumplings more when I have made them myself and am eating them in my own house, I can never pass up a good helping of xiao long bao!

  7. Free dumplings for a year? I’d be in heaven! Sounds like a great place. Really fun post — thanks.

  8. such cute panada dumplings! can’t wait to check it out soon!

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