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Where to Order Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Dumplings in Chicago

From XLB to potstickers, here are some of the city’s best

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Dumplings are arguably the perfect food.
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A perfect dumpling is a treasure, a comforting treat to savor during trying times. Fortunately for Chicago, the city is home to a sizable community of dumpling experts who are still filling stomachs and hearts across the city with shu mai, potstickers, and xiao long bao. Even better, many of these are available for pickup or delivery.

Hungry dumpling fans take note: some travel better than others, and you may want to take structure into account before placing an order. Those who are really itching for a delicate soup dumpling may want to opt for a frozen version to reheat at home to prevent any broth explosions or seepage en route.

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Chengdu Impression Edgewater 成都印象

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Edgewater is the third location of this Sichuan go-to (there are locations in Wicker Park and the original in Lincoln Park, as well). Chengdu Impression features a smattering of dumplings, including fan-favorite Zhong’s dumplings in fiery red chili sauce, Sichuan wontons, and xiao long bao.

Furama Restaurant

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A longstanding contender among Chicago’s top dim sum operations, Furama’s dumplings — pork, shrimp with chive, shrimp with scallop, and more — are a great way to enjoy Chinese food on the North Side. There’s another location on the outskirts of Chinatown in Armour Square.

Community Tavern

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This Portage Park institution has been reinvented under the ownership of Joey & Brenna Beato. The menu has a strong Korean influence, including a dumpling section. There are short rib dumplings with xo sauce and kimchi with Thai basil, but the real stand-out choice is the delicate squash-butter option stuffed with dried shiitake, thai chili, apple, and cilantro.

Joong Boo Market

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The walk-up stand outside of Joong Boo, a Korean supermarket in Avondale, is ideally suited for a snack on the go. It specializes in mandu, Korean-style dumplings, available with pork or pork with kimchi.

D Cuisine

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Cantonese dim sum hotspot D Cuisine in Lincoln Park has pleased critics and diners with its shrimp and green chive dumplings and shu mai. It’s great for a sit-down meal with the family or as a to-go treat.

Monster Ramen

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Chef Katie Dong presents diners with a happy problem at her Logan Square noodle shop, where she and her team specialize in gyukotsu-style ramen. Should they conserve all available stomach space for soup and noodles, or throw caution to the wind and order gyoza, too? Dong answers her own question (it’s the latter, by the way) by offering “loaded” gyoza — maximalist pan-fried dumplings stuffed with beef and topped with yuzu aioli, balsamic glaze, chili oil, furikake, kizami nori, and sesame.

Ramen Wasabi

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The rich and sumptuous bowls of ramen are the main attraction at this Logan Square restaurant, but Ramen Wasabi takes a cue from traditional Japanese ramen-ya by offering gyoza, delicate steamed or pan-fried dumplings that evolved from Chinese jiaozi. Wasabi’s version are made on-site with Berkshire pork, cabbage, and scallion, with soy vinegar on the side for dipping.

Lao Peng You

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Since 2019, the brothers behind the Chinese restaurant Lao Peng You have induced hungry locals to beat a path to West Town. These enticing dumplings originate from Central Asia and are served in a hot and sour broth (suan tang shui jiao). They’re the perfect remedy for a cold Chicago day.

Katy's Dumplings - Oak Park

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With suburban locations in Oak Park and Westmont, Katy’s Dumplings is a fixture that draws both neighbors and city folks for its Chinese specialties, including potstickers and boiled dumplings. Flavors include beef with scallion, pork with chives, and more.

Duck Duck Goat

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Duck Duck Goat’s menu specifically uses the word jiaozi to describe the dumplings served at the Stephanie Izard and Boka Restaurant Group spot in Fulton Market. Jiaozi is what most Americans think of when it comes to Chinese dumplings, and Duck Duck Goat’s version comes stuffed with beef short rib and bone marrow. A vegan version with mushroom and leek is also available, as are goat and shrimp shumai (xo, fermented vegetables).

Bambola

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Bambola is a beautiful restaurant that opens along Randolph Street in West Loop from the owners of Michelin-starred Porto. They explain the restaurant as a tour of the Silk Road, but it might be better understood as Spanish versions of Asian food, including Chinese and Japanese favorites. The Dumplings XO (spiced pork, parmesan xo sauce, smoked shakshuka) shouldn’t be overlooked.

S.K.Y., Pilsen’s acclaimed contemporary American restaurant with an Asian flair from chef Stephen Gillanders (Apolonia, Vahalla), features one of Chicago’s most popular dumplings, a delicate specimen stuffed with Maine lobster and bathed in soft herbs and jade butter.

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

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Quite possibly the reigning champion of Chicago’s dumpling makers, QXY is selling its famous soupy specialties for pickup in both fresh and frozen forms, available for order online. There’s even a handy instructional video with tips for reheating frozen dumplings. The company also has a more casual restaurant, JIAO, in South Loop.

MingHin Cuisine

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Chicago-area dim sum empire MingHin has six locations in the city and suburbs with plentiful dumpling options, ranging from Chaozhou-style to shu mai at locations in Chinatown, Lakeshore East, Streeterville, South Loop, plus in suburban Naperville and Rolling Meadows.

Ahjoomah's Apron Korean Restaurant

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In Chinatown, Ahjoomah’s is a destination in Chicago for traditional Korean favorites, from soups and noodles to grilled meats. Crispy pork, shrimp, and vegetarian mandu are also available.

Dolo Restaurant and Bar

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Chinatown’s contemporary Cantonese hot spot Dolo touts top-notch ingredients and a varied dim sum roster, which includes fried, steamed, and boiled dumplings to satisfy nearly every palate.

Da Mao Jia 大毛家 | Royal Highness Zhu 朱椿 | A Place by DaMao 大毛家

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Da Mao Jia, Bridgeport’s entrancing tribute to the street food of Chengdu, offers plenty of exciting regional options — including Zhong dumplings, gilded in red chili. Come prepared for big, spicy flavors. The restaurant, formerly known as A Place by DaMao, has expanded with locations in Uptown, Lincoln Park, and even Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jade Court

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Essential Cantonese restaurant Jade Court, located in the University of Chicago’s Harper Court development, has earned a loyal following with its boundary-pushing renditions of regional classics and tropical drinks. There are plenty of standbys like potstickers and shu mai, as well as eye-catching options such as bright green jade shrimp and spinach dumplings.

Chengdu Impression Edgewater 成都印象

Edgewater is the third location of this Sichuan go-to (there are locations in Wicker Park and the original in Lincoln Park, as well). Chengdu Impression features a smattering of dumplings, including fan-favorite Zhong’s dumplings in fiery red chili sauce, Sichuan wontons, and xiao long bao.

Furama Restaurant

A longstanding contender among Chicago’s top dim sum operations, Furama’s dumplings — pork, shrimp with chive, shrimp with scallop, and more — are a great way to enjoy Chinese food on the North Side. There’s another location on the outskirts of Chinatown in Armour Square.

Community Tavern

This Portage Park institution has been reinvented under the ownership of Joey & Brenna Beato. The menu has a strong Korean influence, including a dumpling section. There are short rib dumplings with xo sauce and kimchi with Thai basil, but the real stand-out choice is the delicate squash-butter option stuffed with dried shiitake, thai chili, apple, and cilantro.

Joong Boo Market

The walk-up stand outside of Joong Boo, a Korean supermarket in Avondale, is ideally suited for a snack on the go. It specializes in mandu, Korean-style dumplings, available with pork or pork with kimchi.

D Cuisine

Cantonese dim sum hotspot D Cuisine in Lincoln Park has pleased critics and diners with its shrimp and green chive dumplings and shu mai. It’s great for a sit-down meal with the family or as a to-go treat.

Monster Ramen

Chef Katie Dong presents diners with a happy problem at her Logan Square noodle shop, where she and her team specialize in gyukotsu-style ramen. Should they conserve all available stomach space for soup and noodles, or throw caution to the wind and order gyoza, too? Dong answers her own question (it’s the latter, by the way) by offering “loaded” gyoza — maximalist pan-fried dumplings stuffed with beef and topped with yuzu aioli, balsamic glaze, chili oil, furikake, kizami nori, and sesame.

Ramen Wasabi

The rich and sumptuous bowls of ramen are the main attraction at this Logan Square restaurant, but Ramen Wasabi takes a cue from traditional Japanese ramen-ya by offering gyoza, delicate steamed or pan-fried dumplings that evolved from Chinese jiaozi. Wasabi’s version are made on-site with Berkshire pork, cabbage, and scallion, with soy vinegar on the side for dipping.

Lao Peng You

Since 2019, the brothers behind the Chinese restaurant Lao Peng You have induced hungry locals to beat a path to West Town. These enticing dumplings originate from Central Asia and are served in a hot and sour broth (suan tang shui jiao). They’re the perfect remedy for a cold Chicago day.

Katy's Dumplings - Oak Park

With suburban locations in Oak Park and Westmont, Katy’s Dumplings is a fixture that draws both neighbors and city folks for its Chinese specialties, including potstickers and boiled dumplings. Flavors include beef with scallion, pork with chives, and more.

Duck Duck Goat

Duck Duck Goat’s menu specifically uses the word jiaozi to describe the dumplings served at the Stephanie Izard and Boka Restaurant Group spot in Fulton Market. Jiaozi is what most Americans think of when it comes to Chinese dumplings, and Duck Duck Goat’s version comes stuffed with beef short rib and bone marrow. A vegan version with mushroom and leek is also available, as are goat and shrimp shumai (xo, fermented vegetables).

Bambola

Bambola is a beautiful restaurant that opens along Randolph Street in West Loop from the owners of Michelin-starred Porto. They explain the restaurant as a tour of the Silk Road, but it might be better understood as Spanish versions of Asian food, including Chinese and Japanese favorites. The Dumplings XO (spiced pork, parmesan xo sauce, smoked shakshuka) shouldn’t be overlooked.

S.K.Y.

S.K.Y., Pilsen’s acclaimed contemporary American restaurant with an Asian flair from chef Stephen Gillanders (Apolonia, Vahalla), features one of Chicago’s most popular dumplings, a delicate specimen stuffed with Maine lobster and bathed in soft herbs and jade butter.

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Quite possibly the reigning champion of Chicago’s dumpling makers, QXY is selling its famous soupy specialties for pickup in both fresh and frozen forms, available for order online. There’s even a handy instructional video with tips for reheating frozen dumplings. The company also has a more casual restaurant, JIAO, in South Loop.

MingHin Cuisine

Chicago-area dim sum empire MingHin has six locations in the city and suburbs with plentiful dumpling options, ranging from Chaozhou-style to shu mai at locations in Chinatown, Lakeshore East, Streeterville, South Loop, plus in suburban Naperville and Rolling Meadows.

Ahjoomah's Apron Korean Restaurant

In Chinatown, Ahjoomah’s is a destination in Chicago for traditional Korean favorites, from soups and noodles to grilled meats. Crispy pork, shrimp, and vegetarian mandu are also available.

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Dolo Restaurant and Bar

Chinatown’s contemporary Cantonese hot spot Dolo touts top-notch ingredients and a varied dim sum roster, which includes fried, steamed, and boiled dumplings to satisfy nearly every palate.

Da Mao Jia 大毛家 | Royal Highness Zhu 朱椿 | A Place by DaMao 大毛家

Da Mao Jia, Bridgeport’s entrancing tribute to the street food of Chengdu, offers plenty of exciting regional options — including Zhong dumplings, gilded in red chili. Come prepared for big, spicy flavors. The restaurant, formerly known as A Place by DaMao, has expanded with locations in Uptown, Lincoln Park, and even Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jade Court

Essential Cantonese restaurant Jade Court, located in the University of Chicago’s Harper Court development, has earned a loyal following with its boundary-pushing renditions of regional classics and tropical drinks. There are plenty of standbys like potstickers and shu mai, as well as eye-catching options such as bright green jade shrimp and spinach dumplings.

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