With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a classical traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve, widely popular in China. Chinese pronunciation “Jiaozi” Chinese dumplings means midnight or the end and the beginning of time, signifying bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new. The shape of the dumplings looks like gold ingots from ancient China. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more wealth you can make in the New Year.

Dumplings generally comprise of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking.

So for 2018 begin the Chinese New year by trying one of these dumpling places in Toronto.


  1. Mother’s Dumpling

    Address: 421 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G6
  2. Dumpling House Restaurant

    Address: 328 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E7
  3. Asian legend

    Address: 418 Dundas Street W Toronto, ON M5T 1G7
  4. Rol San Restaurant

    Address: 323 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2E9
  5. Northern Dumpling Kitchen

    Address: 550 Highway 7 E Unit 52A Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z4