Hong Kong’s best... Pot stickers

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Kwun Wu King of Pot Stickers 

Something’s gotta be good if hungry folk are lining up outside a shop in the non-MTR accessible San Po Kong just for a handful of pot stickers! Kwun Wu is a chain pot sticker store – but this one is said to be the most original and, to boot, the best. Why? Its mouthwatering pot stickers are all crispy on the outside, juicily stuffed on the inside and, most importantly, come at budget-friendly prices. They even display a complimentary letter from fans in Japan! $2.50 each. 44-46 Yan Oi St, San Po Kong, 2320 9181.

May Mei Dumplings 

 

Before you head to this dumpling spot, be sure to equip yourself with plenty of patience, as this place always sports long queues. Serving up a variety of pot stickers, the most popular at May Mei is the classic leek and pork flavour. And don’t feel dejected if you’re left with only one option on the menu when you turn up too late. The food disappears fast at this joint. $31 for 10. G/F, Tsuen Fat Bldg, 88 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Prince Edward, 2309 7308.

Peking Shui Gau Shop

Dumplings can be nostalgic. They can remind people of happy childhood memories. And this cute neighbourhood joint exudes just that homely feel. But there’s nevertheless danger here – watch out when you bite into these pot stickers, as the soupy filling can squirt through the chewy browned casing and burn your tongue! If you want to learn how to fry wor-tips yourself, the shop owner is more than happy to share some wor-tips with you. $15 for four. G/F, Campbell Blg, 9 Kik Yeung Rd, Yuen Long, 2479 2555.

Old Northern Dumplings 

 

This cool little northern Chinese stall which is quietly tucked away in Sheung Wan’s popular cooked food centre screams authenticity. The dumplings of the day – including uncharacteristically small, thinly skinned pot stickers which are patently different to their traditionally fatter brethren from the north – are written clearly on a whiteboard for your perusal. Devour the little gems on the spot. You won’t be able to stop yourself. $38 for 12. CF11, Sheung Wan Market and Cooked Food Centre, 345 Queen’s Rd C, Sheung Wan, 6349 2832.

Shanghai Mei Wah Restaurant 

 

Sitting pretty in To Kwa Wan, this resto is famous for satisfying Shanghainese cravings. The local favourite has been feeding the community for more than two decades with its authentic Shanghainese snacks. The vintage décor and red plastic plates create a 1970s Hong Kong feel and the pot stickers here feature a delectably crispy bottom which clutches on to a clean-and-classic meaty filling that isn’t too greasy. $19 for four. 13 Maidstone Ln, To Kwa Wan, 2715 0762.

Tak Hing Lung

Feeding North Pointers with pot stickers for more than 60 years, this small vintage eatery is even older than its neighbour, Cantonese opera mainstay, Sunbeam Theatre. The pot stickers here come in a thick skin that locks the succulent juices inside. Be prepared to sweat it out, though, even in the winter, as it’s so old-school, there isn’t even any air-con! $3. 1N Marble Rd, North Point, 2563 8815.

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