Even though we try to eat healthy as often as possible, we have to admit that our favourite dishes are almost always wholesome, hearty, comfort food. So when we came across Dumpling Darlings on trendy Amoy Street, we knew we had to get our fix. After all, who doesn’t love the darling of all Asian comfort foods, the simple, yet super delicious dumpling? We weren’t expecting a whole lot considering the menu is small and offers only dumplings and noodles, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a fun, vibey spot that puts a modern twist on these classic staples.
Word on the street was that Dumpling Darlings could get super busy for lunch, but when we showed up at 1:30pm, we were happy to see that we had missed the mid-day rush. Without having to wait, we grabbed a seat at the bar and were presented with the lunch menu. The set lunch goes for $16 and includes a noodle dish, dumplings, and a cold drink. Basically it’s chit-sheet style ordering – you just tick off your choices, hand in your completed menu, and you’re good to go.
For noodles you have three choices: miso mushroom noodles, braised pork noodles, and Sichuan noodles. Then there are six types of dumplings to choose from including The Original with minced pork and cabbage, the Spicy Sichuan Dumplings, and unique offerings like the Fried Pierogi and Smoked Duck Dumplings. We’re huge fans of heat, so we opted for the Sichuan noodles and dumplings, then threw in some original dumplings and braised pork noodles to counterbalance the spice levels.
The noodles were perfectly springy and tossed with just the right amount of seasoning and toppings, and the dumplings were juicy, flavourful, and came with delish dipping sauces. They were pretty much everything we expected from a place that specialises in these little parcels of goodness. The kitchen crew makes everything in house, and you can really taste the difference in the freshness of the noodles and slightly chewy dumpling skins.
Dumpling Darlings started out as a pop-up food stall, but their dumplings were so popular that the creators decided to open up a restaurant. The space is small and cosy with soft lighting and a relaxed vibe. You can opt to sit outside at the high tables, inside at the bar, or grab a stool at one of the two-seater tables. Lunchtime is all about the set menus, but for dinner you can go a la carte to mix and match noodles and dumplings or order a platter of mixed dumplings to share. They also offer unique dessert dumplings and craft beers by Hong Kong brewery Young Master.
We liked the cute and quirky atmosphere, the good music playing in the background, and the simple, easy menu of tempting eats. It kind of made us feel like we were sitting in a trendy neighbourhood in Hong Kong, which is a great incentive for us to go back. Also, the food was a nice change from our usual healthy lunch fare. Everything we had was tasty and priced very reasonably. I think we will definitely be back
If you work in the CBD, defo hit this spot up for lunch or dinner. It’s a nice, affordable option for the area and the lunch sets are filling enough to fuel you through the rest of the day. Whenever we’ve passed by around 12pm, there’s always a line, so we suggest going a little later or earlier to avoid the rush. You can also call ahead to book a table and pre-order take-out eats so you don’t have to wait so long in line. They recently started serving lunch on Saturdays as well, which might be a little more chillaxed than a weekday.
No time to leave the office? They are also on Deliveroo and Grab Food! Good thing this place is out of delivery area from our home, otherwise there would be some dumpling and Netflix action on a weekly (OK, tri-weekly) basis.
Dumpling Darlings, 44 Amoy Street, Singapore 069870. p. +65 8223 9249. Open Mon – Sat 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm