3 Best Chinese Dumplings in Tucson

Here are our top picks for Tucson

Last modified on September 26th, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Chinese dumplings aren’t your western biscuity affair. They feature a delicate pasta-like wrapper made with wheat or rice flour.

Fillings vary from pork to shrimp, eggs, and leeks. Here are our top picks for Tucson.

China Pasta House

430 N. Park Ave.
Shrimp Dumplings and Pork Steamed Buns at China Pasta House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shrimp Dumplings and Pork Steamed Buns (soup dumplings) at China Pasta House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While China Pasta House offers several varieties of dumplings, shrimp or leeks & pork are safe bets. Shrimp has a sweet, snappy bite, while the leeks & pork offer a simple oniony flavor with a touch of ginger.

The Pork Steamed Buns are not actually buns — they’re soup dumplings. Let them cool down just a bit, then pop the whole thing in your mouth for an explosion of gelatinous porky broth.

For more information, call (520) 623-3334 or visit chinapastahousetucson.com.

Noodleholics

3502 E. Grant Rd.
Chaoshou Dumplings at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chaoshou Dumplings at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Noodleholics has been open only a few months and I’ve had the Chaoshou Dumplings maybe eight different times already.

The filling has just the right amount of ginger-scallion freshness, while the chili oil is earthy and potent. I regularly daydream of these dumplings and hate myself for not eating them right now.

They have other dumplings, but the chaoshou dumplings are just that addictive.

For more information, call (520) 305-4262 or visit noodleholics.com.

Sushi Lounge

4802 S. Sixth Ave.
Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dumplings from dim sum cart restaurants taste stale in comparison to Sushi Lounge’s freshly-cooked dumplings.

The Har Gow are supple and delicate, and melt-in-your-mouth without being mushy. The Soup Pork Dumplings (xiaolongbao) erupted with broth all over my forearm when I poked it with my chopstick (my fault). The Shumai features a plump filling with earthy mushroom flavor.

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Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
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