National Dumpling Day is celebrated on September 26 annually. Dumplings are a popular Asian bite-sized food made of flour, salt, water, and customizable fillings, such as shrimp, beef, pork, chicken, carrots, or spinach and ricotta. These fillings are wrapped in a thin layer of dough. Dumplings can be steamed or fried. Dumplings are versatile. Let's celebrate National Dumpling Day by enjoying some dumplings at the following acclaimed restaurants.
Five Happiness offers steamed dumplings—with meat or veggies—as appetizers. For $7.30, you can get six vegetable dumplings or seven of the non-vegetarian variety. This is an esteemed restaurant and, according to their website, was selected as the Best Chinese Restaurant of New Orleans. They have been serving New Orleans locals for around 30 years. Five Happiness is open Monday through Thursday and Sundays until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-3935, fivehappiness.com
Jung's Golden Dragon
This restaurant offers three options for dumplings: steamed pork dumplings, steamed pork and vegetable dumplings, and pan-fried pork and vegetable dumplings—all for $9.95. Each of these servings comes with eight pieces. As written on their website, Jung's Golden Dragon is known "for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service, and friendly staff." So you just might find yourself ordering a lot more than dumplings. Jung's is open every day until 10 p.m. 3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280, jungschinese.com
Luvi offers Curried Favor Dumplings: caramelized onion dumplings with curry broth, for $15. Or try the Pan-Fried Vegan-Lover Dumplings: pan-fried bok choy, mushrooms, and green beans in noodle dumplings, for $12. This restaurant was also the 2020 James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef South, according to their website. Luvi is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but they'll have plenty of dumplings waiting for you any other day of the week. 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 605-3340, luvirestaurant.com
Golden Wall Restaurant
Golden Wall offers quantity as well as quality: Their dumplings, filled with pork and cabbage and either pan-fried or steamed, are $6.75 for 10! They also include pork-and-shrimp dumplings in their wonton soup, which starts at $3.50. According to their website, Golden Wall "is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients." 914 Canal St., (504) 523-3217, goldenwallneworleans.com
Dragon King offers fried dumplings and boiled dumplings, each order for $5.50 and each served with eight dumplings. Currently, this restaurant is only taking online orders, so feel free to click here to start your order. You'll definitely want to order the dumplings to celebrate this national holiday now, but also consider coming back later for their lo mein or mei fun—National Noodle Day is just around the corner on October 6! 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 865-0222, ladragonking.com