Update October 18, 2018: Melbourne's most creative dumpling joint has just added a few more left-of-centre creations to its menu. And one of them is this: Aussie meat pie-filled dumplings. While beef-filled parcels certainly aren't new, these ones are also stuffed with Worcestershire sauce, peas and bits of crisp-fried pastry. Whether or not they should be dipped in tomato sauce is your decision to make. Not quite up your alley? It's also just added mac 'n' cheese and pepperoni pizza dumps to its menu, too. Check out all the weird and wonderful creations here.
Melburnians are pretty darn adventurous when it comes to food. They'll eat crickets on a salad, try salt-flavoured soft serve and even broccoli lattes. But, this CBD dumpling house takes things a few steps further.
Setting up shop on Bourke Street, the neon-drenched Drumplings is the brainchild of Deon St. Mor, the mind behind beauty brand MOR Cosmetics and the now-closed rooftop glamping hotel St Jerome's.
And it has more than a few surprises in store for local dumpling lovers, with a menu filled with some pretty wild, globally-inspired inventions. Here, classic Chinese creations like prawn and chive har gow, and soup-filled xiao long bao, sit alongside dumplings stuffed with fillings riffing on chilli con carne, cheeseburger, truffle mushroom and beef rendang.
A chicken laksa version features braised meat, lemongrass, tamarind and coconut; while the 'fish n chips' number lists hoki, roasted chips, beer batter and vinegar salt among its ingredients. Team yours with a craft beer or alcoholic icypole, as you soak up the vibe of the equally bold space — think, palm fronds, hot pink floors and loads of high-energy prints.