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Where to Find Dumplings of All Kinds in D.C.

Pan-fried, soup-filled, or chile oil-doused pouches to try

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Is there anything more comforting than a dumpling? Plenty of restaurants across the city offer little parcels of dough with warm fillings that represent Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Nepalese, Russian, and Afghan cuisines in pan-fried, steamed, soup-filled, and meat-stuffed varieties. This map runs through 17 of the top options.

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China Bistro

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Dumplings are a whole section of the menu, and there are plenty of options to pick from at this no frills Rockville joint. Diverse fillings range from pork and chive, fish and cilantro, squash and pork, and vegetarian options. Regulars proclaim that anything labeled “mama” is a sure bet, and fried dumplings are better than steamed here.

A&J Restaurant (半亩园歺馆)

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Tucked away in a shopping center in Rockville, this popular dim sum restaurant serves pan-fried pork dumplings and a steamed vegetable version.

Q By Peter Chang

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There’s a lot of things to love at Peter Chang’s modern Sichuan flagship in Bethesda. Try vegetable or pork dumplings (steamed or fried), a chicken soup dumpling, or spicy wontons.

Bistro Aracosia

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At this Afghan restaurant in the Palisades, leek and scallion aushak are steamed and topped with beef and lentil sauce, mint, and yogurt puree. There’s also a steamed pumpkin dumpling that comes with a choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef.

At this Afghan bistro, you can find traditional mantoo steamed dumplings with ground beef that are topped with a split pea and tomato sauce, or the aushak dumplings stuffed with leeks and topped with beef. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too.

Dumplings And Beyond

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At this Glover Park spot, dumplings come 10 to an order. Find standard combinations like pork and chive or less common fish and cilantro.

Himalayan Heritage Restaurant

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This is the place for Nepalese momos. Meat options include minced buffalo, goat, or chicken. A vegetarian version comes with carrot and cabbage. Try the Jhol momo with a choice of vegetable, chicken, or pork dumpling that are steamed and dipped into a stewed sauce.

Panda Gourmet

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Attached a Days Inn on New York Avenue, this Sichuan spot may be too well known to be a hidden gem anymore. Try the spicy wontons, a slippery pork dumpling that’s steamed and bathed in a garlic heavy chile oil.

The mandu, pan-fried pork and kimchi dumplings, are a signature dish at this Korean pub in Dupont. They’re available on their dining menu and also on the late-night bar menu on the first floor. The owners’ other spots, Mandu and Chiko, are great for dumplings, too.

Astoria DC

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The new sibling bar to CopyCat on H Street NE sells Sichuan wontons, little packages of pork in a tender and slippery dumpling topped with chile oil, cilantro, and scallions. The kitchen stays open late for last call dumpling cravings.

Tiger Fork

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The “humble plate of chili wontons” at this Blagden Alley hot spot are stuffed with chicken and shrimp, then doused in hot chile oil.

Mari Vanna DC

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Pork and beef pelmeni and potato vareniki are two types of traditional Russian dumplings found here.

Ching Ching Cha

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This tranquil tearoom in Georgetown has a short food menu that includes Mongolian dumplings with lamb, cabbage, onion and garlic.

Reren Lamen & Bar

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Spicy wontons and handmade pork dumplings are popular at this Chinese-style ramen bar. So are the soup dumplings, which are tough to find in D.C. proper.

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Bantam King

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Chicken gyoza with chile oil are a great way to start the meal at this chicken-centric ramen restaurant.

Rus Uz - Arlington

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Try the manti, steamed Uzbek dumplings that are stuffed with diced, seasoned lamb, onions, and spices, then served with yogurt and a tomato sauce. There are also ground beef pelmeni.

Maketto

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The Southeast Asian cafe on H Street NE is running a xiao long bao dinner series with all-you-can-eat soup dumplings for $40 per person. There are also crystal shrimp dumplings on its all-day menu.

Soup dumplings from Maketto
Soup dumplings from Maketto
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China Bistro

Dumplings are a whole section of the menu, and there are plenty of options to pick from at this no frills Rockville joint. Diverse fillings range from pork and chive, fish and cilantro, squash and pork, and vegetarian options. Regulars proclaim that anything labeled “mama” is a sure bet, and fried dumplings are better than steamed here.

A&J Restaurant (半亩园歺馆)

Tucked away in a shopping center in Rockville, this popular dim sum restaurant serves pan-fried pork dumplings and a steamed vegetable version.

Q By Peter Chang

There’s a lot of things to love at Peter Chang’s modern Sichuan flagship in Bethesda. Try vegetable or pork dumplings (steamed or fried), a chicken soup dumpling, or spicy wontons.

Bistro Aracosia

At this Afghan restaurant in the Palisades, leek and scallion aushak are steamed and topped with beef and lentil sauce, mint, and yogurt puree. There’s also a steamed pumpkin dumpling that comes with a choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef.

Lapis

At this Afghan bistro, you can find traditional mantoo steamed dumplings with ground beef that are topped with a split pea and tomato sauce, or the aushak dumplings stuffed with leeks and topped with beef. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too.

Dumplings And Beyond

At this Glover Park spot, dumplings come 10 to an order. Find standard combinations like pork and chive or less common fish and cilantro.

Himalayan Heritage Restaurant

This is the place for Nepalese momos. Meat options include minced buffalo, goat, or chicken. A vegetarian version comes with carrot and cabbage. Try the Jhol momo with a choice of vegetable, chicken, or pork dumpling that are steamed and dipped into a stewed sauce.

Panda Gourmet

Attached a Days Inn on New York Avenue, this Sichuan spot may be too well known to be a hidden gem anymore. Try the spicy wontons, a slippery pork dumpling that’s steamed and bathed in a garlic heavy chile oil.

Anju

The mandu, pan-fried pork and kimchi dumplings, are a signature dish at this Korean pub in Dupont. They’re available on their dining menu and also on the late-night bar menu on the first floor. The owners’ other spots, Mandu and Chiko, are great for dumplings, too.

Astoria DC

The new sibling bar to CopyCat on H Street NE sells Sichuan wontons, little packages of pork in a tender and slippery dumpling topped with chile oil, cilantro, and scallions. The kitchen stays open late for last call dumpling cravings.

Tiger Fork

The “humble plate of chili wontons” at this Blagden Alley hot spot are stuffed with chicken and shrimp, then doused in hot chile oil.

Mari Vanna DC

Pork and beef pelmeni and potato vareniki are two types of traditional Russian dumplings found here.

Ching Ching Cha

This tranquil tearoom in Georgetown has a short food menu that includes Mongolian dumplings with lamb, cabbage, onion and garlic.

Reren Lamen & Bar

Spicy wontons and handmade pork dumplings are popular at this Chinese-style ramen bar. So are the soup dumplings, which are tough to find in D.C. proper.

View this post on Instagram

Double Tap for the love of Soup Dumplings❤️⁠

A post shared by Reren DC (@rerenlamen) on

Bantam King

Chicken gyoza with chile oil are a great way to start the meal at this chicken-centric ramen restaurant.

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Rus Uz - Arlington

Try the manti, steamed Uzbek dumplings that are stuffed with diced, seasoned lamb, onions, and spices, then served with yogurt and a tomato sauce. There are also ground beef pelmeni.

Maketto

Soup dumplings from Maketto
Soup dumplings from Maketto
Maketto [official]

The Southeast Asian cafe on H Street NE is running a xiao long bao dinner series with all-you-can-eat soup dumplings for $40 per person. There are also crystal shrimp dumplings on its all-day menu.

Soup dumplings from Maketto
Soup dumplings from Maketto
Maketto [official]

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