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Smoked Duck Dumplings

$8.00 · 93 Reviews

After hearing friends rave about this place and reading 5-star reviews of it on Google, Dumpling Darlings had a lot to live up to for me.

Sad to say but the food there wasn’t quite as darling as I thought it’d be. I got the lunch set ($16) which included noodles (I got miso mushroom), 4 pieces of dumplings (went with the smoked duck) and a drink (had the longan osmathus pu er).

🍜: firm but not quite chewy like Eng’s. I appreciated the generous helping of mushroom and the hanjuku egg that came along with it, but it was basically atas bak chor mee. At least the portion size was just right.

🥟: nothing quite special about how the dumpling was prepared — it tasted like smoked duck rolled up in wanton skin. That they were dripping laying in a pool of grease didn’t quite help.

🍹: possibly the saving grace of the set, it was handcrafted upon order and tasted lovely.

Was it worth $18.80 (with GST and service charge)? Not quite. Food was alright and service was patchy, with staff complaining right in front of customers sat at the bar.

It’s worth a try if you’re in the area, but I wouldn’t make a special trek here for it — wanton or bak chor mee from the hawker/food court can easily hit the spot without the steep price. 💸

Dropped by for some dumpling goodness 🥟

There was a queue when I arrived so I had to key in my number and wait around. I was expecting to wait around 30mins but I actually got called about 15mins in, not too bad :) The concept of this place is really funky/vintage, the interior is dim and cozy and the menus are really cute!!

My friend and I ordered a plate of dumpling platter (original, smoked duck, fried pierogi, veggie etc) and a bowl of braised pork noodles to share. Both were really delicious! The noodles were chewy and soaked up the delicious savoury sauce of the braised pork. The dumplings were good as well - my fav was the fried pierogi and the smoked duck. Very unique flavours/combinations 🤩

Wanted to get some dessert dumplings to try but there weren’t any available that day, would’ve loved to try them.

There were some miscomms initially but the service staff was friendly and quick to rectify, so it was all good :)

Tried the smoked duck dumpling and fried pierogi dumpling, both were really amazing!
Smoked duck was really generous and bursting with flavour, ate it in one huge bite together with the balsamic-drizzled caramelized sweet leeks and it blended perfectly!
The fried pierogi tasted a little more western/ fusion and was really good nonetheless, would definitely order both again. Pity it’s no longer on burpple beyond.
Egg noodles tasted quite normal, I guess the braised pork sauce does make it a little nicer! Overall would really recommend the smoked duck dumplings!!👌🏻👍🏻

25 Feb’19, Mon⛅️⁣⁣
📍Dumpling Darlings⁣⁣
- Braised Pork Noodles🍖⁣⁣
- Smoked Duck Dumplings🥟⁣⁣
- Grapefruit Thyme Strawberry Green Tea🍵⁣⁣
- Complimentary Beansprouts🥗⁣⁣
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Becos Monday blues, we need a good meal to kickstart the week~🤣⁣⁣
Satisfying lunch set, super filling can~~~🤤⁣⁣
We had them at half price thanks to Burpple Beyond one-for-one!✌🏻⁣⁣
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The egg noodle doesn’t really carry that unpleasant smell (鹼味) and it’s springy, and goes well with the braised pork toppings, spring onions and seaweed~ flavourful but not too salty...

The hanjuku egg is totally a bonus, up the noodles level totally~

Tried their mala and smoked duck dumplings, still prefer the fried one (fried pierogi)...

Lastly, not to mention, their grapefruit drinks, my always to go to, for it’s just that refreshing and a little sour, lighten this heavy lunch set totally!

Damage: $9.40 per pax (Burpple beyond one-for-one)

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These were pan-fried nicely and the filling was not bad too! These were better than the smoked duck dumplings

Yummy as usual. Got the lunch set (1 for 1 BB) and had the pork noodles with smoked duck dumplings +longan puerh tea. Topped up 2$ for more noodles!

Basic set was 16++

Highly recommended! Alr looking forward for my next trip

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May seem a little pricey for 5 pieces of dumplings for dinner but there’s a lot of filling and once you take a bite, the taste of the smoked duck fills your mouth!

It’s palatable as the duck is being cut into small pieces and goes really well with the caramelised leek (pink one) and balsamic vinaigrette! My 2nd most favourite dumpling after the dessert dumplings!

We used Burpple Beyond to order 2 lunch sets ($16 each). Each lunch set included a choice of noodles (we both had the Sichuan Pork Noodles), a choice of dumplings (we had 1 original and 1 smoked duck) and a drink. The dumplings were really impressive!!! 😍😍 especially the smoked duck one. Try to make a reservation before you go or go early, we reached about 5 mins before it opened on a Saturday and there were already a few groups gathered around waiting for it to open!

- Tried the fried pierogi and wow how exotic it was really nice!!!
- Also tried smoked duck dumplings which were more Chinese-tasting if you know what I mean.
- However noodles weren’t worth ordering imo.
- Drinks (we ordered salted plum wolf berry pu erh) which was AMAZING cause a sis loves salted plum.

How can we miss the dumplings when we are at Dumpling Darlings? Together with each lunch set comes with a side of 4 pcs dumplings. There were 4 of us, 4 lunch sets, 4 pcs of dumplings so obviously we ordered 4 different flavours!
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Here we have: (From the left)
✅The Original
As the name states, tasted just like a regular gyoza. Taste is decent but nothing much to wow about.
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✅ Smoked Duck
Each dumpling was filled with chunks of duck meat, which were indeed on the saltier side but the hint of sourness from the balsamic vinaigrette provided a perfect balance to the dish.
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✅ Momo Curry
Filled with minced pork collar, curry spice and charred cauliflower. The prominent curry spices came through really well but I liked more was the labneh that comes along with the dumplings. It gives a refreshing flavour to the dish, which cuts the richness of the curry. Not bad!

✅ Fried Pierogi
Deep fried dumpling filled with smoked bacon, truffle potato and cheddar. Served on a sriracha crema. This is one unique dumpling! Definitely never had a dumpling with such rich flavours before. The taste is fine but it can be quite jelak to finish a whole plate on your own. Luckily we only had one each.