Particular dishes from certain countries simply stand out from the rest of the field. You know the dishes: tacos from Mexico, sushi from Japan, and pizza from Italy. These iconic plates of deliciousness are utter gifts from these far-flung places, and for that, you and I are eternally grateful.
One dish or type of food which can be part of this list, no questions asked, is the dumpling. But what are its origins? There are a few theories. Yet, the most substantial and reliable history rests in a Chinese doctor who invented these tasty little parcels in the second century after a frigid winter. Food as medicine? We’ll take that.
Now that you know the humble dumpling is good for you, you may want to consider a visit to Broadbeach’s newly opened Little Red Dumpling.
Located on the bustling Victoria Avenue shopping precinct, Little Red Dumpling is perfectly positioned for lunchtime drop-ins and evenings out with friends. There are shaded seating options outside, and inside you’ll find a collection of small authentic style booths accompanied by green and red decor with a wave of red paper lanterns hanging from above.
The menu is categorised in a straightforward manner, which in our opinion is a taste driven one at that. Obviously, dumplings are the main attraction, but you also have the chance to start things off with some smaller share style plates such as Vegetable Spring Rolls and Prawn Baos, ideal if you like to savour a host of flavours — or if you’re the type who must have more than one course!
Bigger plates are split into their signature ‘Dumplings’ section with salivate-inducing inclusions like Szechuan Pork and the Chicken & Prawn, all coming in quantities of ten. The ‘Other Dumplings’ section has more unique flavours with some considered reasonably spicy alongside fried dumplings and dumpling soup dishes. Oh yes! Now you have the perfect chance to experiment with how you consume these little parcels of delight.
For those who may not be red hot keen on dumplings, you’re taken care of with wontons and a ‘Not Dumplings’ section with a multitude of slurp-tastic noodle-based dishes like their Braised Lamb Noodle Soup. And should you feel like something a little sweet to finish things off (why not, we say), you should consider a deep-fried Ice Cream Bun. Does it get any better?!
To keep you amply hydrated whilst enjoying all of these vibrant flavours, the venue is fully licensed with Australian and international beers aplenty and a good selection of spirits too. The highlight has to be their collection of signature fruit drinks whipped up to order in-house. Take it from us, a Virgin Pina Colada or a Super Mango is guaranteed to offer you some serious refreshment!
A smorgasbord of dumplings, with other great dishes and a vibrant drinks menu are now available in Broadbeach’s newly opened Little Red Dumpling — a wonton a million dumpling experience!
When: Every day 11 — 9pm
Where: Shop 113/89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.