Best Soup Dumplings in Philadelphia

Soup Dumplings

If you have never had soup dumplings before, you definitely need to add them to your must-try list. I had my first soup dumpling experience in Shanghai, so it was a very authentic one but it quickly became one of my favorite things to eat! When we came back from our China trip, I immediately went on the search to find the best soup dumplings in Philadelphia – luckily, I didn’t have to look very far.

Dim Sum Garden, located on 11th & Arch in Center City Philadelphia serves up authentic Shanghai-style soup dumplings. I was so pumped to so easily find a tasty meal I enjoyed on the other side of the world being recreated so well right at home in Philadelphia. Soup Dumplings are steamed buns, filled with soup and various meat options {mainly pork} . They are served in bamboo baskets and offer a little taste of Shanghai with every bite.

Dim Sum Garden is a little hole in the wall located under the bus overpass in the Market East neighborhood of Philadelphia. If the online reviews didn’t praise the soup dumplings served here, I would have never, ever given the place a second look – but I am so glad I did. My two favorite items on the menu are the Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Juice Buns  and the Shanghai Crabmeat & Pork Juicy Buns {both shown above} – they are so tasty, delicious and really fun to eat! If you are in the neighborhood, definitely try them out and let me know what you think – my sister & I shared the two plates & it was the perfect amount for lunch, at for around $11 it was a great deal too!


Have you ever had soup dumplings? 

What’s something you’ve tried on a trip & been on the hunt for in your neck of the woods?


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  • Reply Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite August 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I love that place! I only live a few blocks from Chinatown and had walked by it a million times before I had the courage to go in. Luckily, they are moving to a nice place, but man, their dumplings are so tasty!

  • Reply DoubleM August 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Love the sisters reference!

  • Reply Desiree August 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I love the soup dumplings from Dim Sum Garden! After watching an Anthony Bourdain episode featuring soup dumplings, I went on the hunt for some in Philadelphia. I haven’t been in at least a year, so this post has inspired me to go back soon!

  • Reply Patty O August 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Glad you found a comparable soup dumpling in Philly! Love the sister reference too!

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