hutong cbdDecember 15, 2021
HuTong Dumpling Bar in Melbourne’s CBD is one of the city’s culinary gems. Revered by the local foodie community for the quality of its dumplings, this Chinese restaurant truly excels at bringing traditional home recipes to life. Freshly-made dim sum such as crystal prawn dumplings and vegetarian spring rolls are a refreshingly tasty way to start a meal, whilst the availability of classic dishes like crispy spring chicken and pan-fried shredded beef Szechuan style only add to the restaurant’s appeal. An establishment that comes highly recommended, HuTong Dumpling Bar is conveniently located within walking distance of Flinders Station and Federation Square. Bearing this in mind, if you want to reserve a table at this popular Market Lane restaurant, you better act fast!
Stepping foot in HuTong Dumpling Bar in Melbourne’s bustling CBD is a moment to savour. Named after a type of street or alleyway found in intricate networks in northern Chinese cities such as the capital Beijing, HuTong Dumpling Bar on Market Lane has definitely put itself on Melbourne’s map with the standard of food they continue to serve up. Decorative lanterns, exposed brick walls and an artistic menu add a touch of elegance to proceedings, but the undisputed crown jewel of the restaurant is its signature selection of dumplings.
Staking a solid claim to the title of having the best dim sum in Melbourne, HuTong Dumpling Bar’s take on xiaolongbao is simply irresistible. Add into the mix the delicious crab meat dumplings and steamed vegetable buns, and you’ll soon find yourself planning your next visit to HuTong before your plate is even empty. Diners can also hone or indeed show off their chopstick skills when they tuck into the picture-perfect honey lemon chicken, barramundi with bean sauce or the braised pork ribs. Enviably located close to Federation Square and Carlton Gardens, footfall at HuTong Dumpling Bar is strong every single day, so why not beat the crowds and reserve a table now!
This is Shanghainese food from eastern China, where dishes are traditionally small and designed for sharing. HuTong does a great drunken chicken and the classic xiaolongbao – small dumplings filled with meat and soup – but watch how you bite into them or the soup may finish up in your lap.
The restaurant is always very busy which means the staff, while friendly most of the time, aren’t looking to stop and chat. This is a high-turnover restaurant which aims to deliver good quality Shanghaianese food to the table with little fuss, and that’s what it’s very good at.
The anticipation of plump, juicy dumplings takes hold quickly as you walk through the door of HuTong. In both venues – CBD and Prahran – there are vantage points where you can watch chefs make the small packets of flavour by hand, to then be steamed, plated and taken to tables adorned with chilli sauce and black vinegar to dress them in.
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