How Did I Not Know There Was a Dumpling Trail in Richmond

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I have some favourite trails around Vancouver, including Merilees or Rawlings in Stanley Park, but now there’s a new one – of a different variety – I must add to my list: The Dumpling Trail in Richmond. Tourism Richmond has created a guide to over 20 places that serve up these soft, crunchy, savoury bundles of deliciousness that have been boiled, pan-fried, and steamed. Don’t forget to try the sweet options as well!

Dumpling Trail in Richmond

Golden Village. Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Gyoza, Shui Jiao, Xiao Long Bao, Guo Tie, Siu Mai, Jian Dui, Ham Siu Gok and more!

Tourism Richmond’s created the Dumpling Trail a while ago and they have just recently given it a refresh. Hailed as one of the most enticing food and drink trails in North America by CNN Travel, this collection of 20 restaurants serves up some of the most delectable dumplings this side of the Pacific.

“The Dumpling Trail was originally created to help diners figure out where to eat,” said Nancy Small, CEO of Tourism Richmond. “We saw how overwhelming it was for a diner to choose just one restaurant out of the 800 plus the city has to offer. The 20 restaurants on the trail have been hand-selected by the team and they make up a good representation of Richmond’s Asian culinary scene. You’ve got the higher-end sit down restaurants, food court stalls, hidden gems in strip malls and so much more.”

Richmond has been recognized as the culinary destination in North America to experience authentic Asian cuisine. Declared by travel and food writers from The New York Times,, Conde Nast Traveler and other publications as having the “best Chinese food in North America,” the Dumpling Trail offers diners the opportunity to experience Richmond’s food scene in bite-sized portions.

Empire Seafood-Dumplings
Empire Seafood. Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Tourism Richmond has offered up some Dumpling Trail tips:

  • Best enjoyed in a group – Dumplings can be filling if you are visiting multiple restaurants. You may also be enticed to try other menu items as well!
  • Plan according to your budget – Stops on the trail range from high-end restaurants to unassuming food court stalls, each offering a different experience.
  • Bring cash – Bear in mind that some of the restaurants on our list only accept cash for payment.

Visit the official Dumpling Trail website for a brochure, map, and suggested itineraries. I’ll see you out there!

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