Best of Philly

Best Dumplings

2022 Best All-Dumpling Dinner

White Yak

Start with a round of savory, stiff-skinned chicken momos threaded with greens. Chase those Tibetan dumplings with a version filled with a soft potato mixture. Next: crisp-edged pan-fried khotrak and soupy mothuk swimming in beef broth. While we wouldn’t ever suggest skimping on the curry or shoko khatsa here, you could easily make a meal of nothing but White Yak’s momos and not feel like you missed out on anything. Read More »

6118 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Dumplings

Bánh Bèo Chén at Gabriella’s

Imagine an open-face dumpling — a rice cake topped with minced shrimp, crispy pork skin, mung beans and scallions. Imagine it nestled and steamed inside its own small, shallow bowl. Now imagine 10 of them being paraded out of Gabriella’s kitchen on a giant platter for you and all your friends. The dream, right? Yeah, that’s the dream. Read More »

1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2016 Best Soup Dumplings

Tom’s Dim Sum

The new Tom's Dim Sum squats under a bridge on 11th Street like some kind of troll's shack in a culinary fairy tale. The treasure here? Soup dumplings as big as toads, thin-skinned, juicy and perfect in their tin basket steamers. Read More »

59 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-923-8880 | Website

2016 Best Dumplings to Go

Humpty’s Dumplings

Get the Buffalo chicken, cheesesteak and roast pork, and some apple pie dumplings for dessert. You can order and eat your dumplings right there, sure, but the smart move is buying them frozen and taking them home. They cook up so well, no one will ever know they came out of your freezer. Read More »

277 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA | 215-935-6180 | Website

2016 Best Dumplings

Bing Bing Dim Sum

Chef Ben Puchowitz is forever tinkering with the concept of a dumpling, which is why his menu always has the potential to blow your mind. Recent examples of mind-blowing-ness: pork soup dumplings sloshing with miso ramen broth and lamb dumplings spiked with harissa oil and African spices. By the time you read this, he'll likely have new ones, all just as weird and brilliant. Read More »

1648 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-279-7702 | Website

2014 Best Dumplings

Terakawa Ramen

Loyalists go for the noodle soups, but you should get to know this spot for the dumplings, too particularly the addictive tempura-fried shrimp shumai, which come hot and crispy. Read More »

204 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-687-1355 | Website

2012 Best Dumplings

Yang Yang Express

Though it opened as the Yang Yang Express in 2010, locals quickly dubbed this the "Dumpling House" because its dumplings are so damn good, steamed or fried. The rest of the menu is stand-up Szechuan and decidedly worth a try, but after you indulge in that tempting extra plate of seafood or pork-shrimp-and-leek dumplings, you may not have room. Solution: a takeout bag of frozen ones for a delicious weeknight dinner. Read More »

107 Fairfield Avenue, Upper Darby, PA | 215-666-6636 | Website

2011 Best Dumplings

Foo to Go at the Lancaster County Farmers’ Market

Susanna Foo has always made the greatest dumplings around. That you can get them to-go at the farmers' market in Wayne feels almost like stealing. Read More »

389 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA | 610-688-8694 | Website