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Sadly, Ti Xiang Dumpling House has closed, but we’ve kept the review for posterity. Try Barilla on Dominion Road instead.

Service is terse, at times rude. The ambience? Grey tiles, retina-searing fluorescent bulbs and blaring Chinese sitcoms. There’s no licence either. But it matters not when you’re presented with a steaming, heaping plateful of freshly made dumplings ($7.80 for 20). In fact, they’re so freshly made that the women at the counter right next to you prepares them throughout the day, flanked by piles of fresh coriander.

The menu is small. There are dumplings in 10 variations – coriander and pork, pork and Chinese cabbage, egg and chives. There are wontons, in a hot, soupy stock ($8). There are buns (barbecue pork, beef). The dumplings and buns come steamed, or pan fried.

So. Arrive hungry. We had change from $30 between three, and had to take half our haul home. Make no bones about it, this is heavy food. But it is delicious, fresh and flavoursome – all made on premises, full of herbs and garlic. The inquisitive will delve into the noodle selection – hand stretched by a man in a singlet each morning. NS

HOURS Tuesday to Sunday, midday until late (midnight at times, but, like the service it’s a little unpredictable).

ADDRESS 8/30 Upper Queen Street, City. No Phone.

IMPORTANT DETAILS Service is idiosyncratic: hold your tongue and eat up.


  1. Sam Finnemore wrote:

    Ah, this one. A cheapie favourite of ours for a while. The opening hours were irregular for some time this year as the proprietor was ill (it was closed outright for a month or so I think) but I think it should now all be back on an even keel.

    Fantastic site, by the way.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  2. Hi Sam,

    Thankyou! We love doing it.

    I did notice the hours were a little irregular over September – I live just round the corner and you’re right, it has settled down a lot now. Thank goodness!

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  3. Sam Finnemore wrote:

    Alas, once again there’s a sign on the door, saying ‘Closed for 2 Months’, just at the best time of year for this kind of comfort food… I don’t think they’ve given dates for reopening, but will report in later as I go past there most days.

    Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  4. Sam Finnemore wrote:

    Still closed, more’s the pity, and I doubt they’ll reopen in a hurry. At least we have New Flavour to enjoy in the meantime.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  5. Jo wrote:

    Rejoice – it has reopened!

    Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  6. SFG wrote:

    Seriously? That’s fantastic news. Thanks for letting us know. Yum.

    Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  7. Augusta wrote:

    We just discovered this place today near our work – it’s SO good! The service was as random as you’ve outlined but in the end there was one woman trying to be waitress & chef! It felt like you were walking into someone’s home though! Everyone was laughing & sharing food – even though they didn’t know each other! We’ll definitely return.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  8. Sam Finnemore wrote:

    I can report there’s a new TV so you can enjoy your Chinese historical melodramas with a good crisp picture, but otherwise this place is unchanged – thank goodness. I think the proprietor is going to get more staff back on board once things pick up again.

    Hopefully going again tonight.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  9. SFG wrote:

    Most excellent.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

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