Dumplings, in and of themselves, make me happy. Boil ‘em, fry ‘em—just let me have them. So it didn’t take too much to get me across the bridge to visit Chinaman Dumpling. The name says it all, and the menu is rife with the usual suspects, not the least of which include a compulsory set of Pork and Chive Dumplings ($13) with a nice onion bite. Chunks of shrimp and water chestnut-crunch give way to a nutty whisper of roasted sesame in Shumai ($9), while cos cups of Duck San Choy Bow ($14) are bright with fresh chilli and spring onion. The open kitchen dominates one half the restaurant, which is otherwise a modern red and black with wood detailing. Overhead birdcages encircle the lights. From your table you can see the chefs preparing Duck Fried Noodles ($14) that are chewy and crispy and darkly sweet. Unctuous Crispy Pork Belly ($23) arrives capped with golden crackling and conveniently pre-sliced so there is no time wasted between its arrival on the table and your shameless indulgence. This is your classic friendly neighbourhood restaurant, and while it is BYO, there’s a bottle shop right across the road to which the staff will happily direct you. Swing by and say hello.
Shop 3, 4 Rangers Road, Cremorne
Ph: (02) 9953 7072 chinaman.com.au