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The hilarious name, a badly translated menu (some of it’s in German?), the picture of Helen Clark circa 1996, and a chance to meet the owner – Grumpy Dumpling Lady – are reasons enough to visit Chinese Dumpling King. Situated next door to the fish market in the Lim Supermarket complex on New North road, it’s cheap eating at its finest.

The owner is wonderfully rude, but will point out recommendations to speed up your ordering. Basically she’ll tell you what you’re having – just roll with it. Most recently we ate lamb and beef dumplings ($8.50 for 20), beautifully savoury, albeit a little dry, shredded pancake with chicken ($8.50) and pork with round bean ($12.00), with sautéed green beans, garlic and pork loin – tender and sweet.

The dumplings are great: thick, flavourful and freshly made by hand each day. Get in early enough and you’ll see the ladies of the house sitting at the back of the restaurant gossiping away while they make them. And you really should try the eggplant with pepper and chilli: sticky, melting pieces of Chinese eggplant, cooked with garlic, carrot and little flecks of Sichuan pepper. Enjoy piping hot while your lips slowly numb. KR

HOURS Monday to Sunday, 11am until 10pm.

ADDRESS 949 New North Road, Auckland, ph 815 3858.

IMPORTANT DETAILS They sell frozen dumplings to take away – $12 for three bags with basic fillings. Be sure to consult the cooking instructions – they’re helpfully stuck to the wall above the freezer.




  1. Kate wrote:

    It should be a give-in that when reviewing restaurants of different ethnicities you don’t poke fun at their grasp of the english language.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  2. SFG wrote:

    Thanks Kate. I think within the context of this review – which is thoroughly affectionate – a little joke about the pitfalls of Google translate is okay.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  3. Jazz Ning wrote:

    Hey Kate,

    First time reader of this blog. Excellent review! Judging by the way you describe those little dumplings, you sound very hip. Looking forward to more of your reviews.


    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  4. Karen wrote:

    I thought your review was witty and honest. I will defiantly be trying the dumplings next time I am in Auckland :)

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  5. Grace wrote:

    Kate this is great! And totally affectionate and well written.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  6. Jimmy wrote:

    Defiantly great article Kate.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

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