Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina
Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina

Sydney-born dumpling bar Smiling Dumplings & Noodles opens in Robina

Dumpling fans and noodle lovers, get those chopsticks ready – Sydney-born dumpling destination Smiling Dumplings & Noodles has landed on the Gold Coast. The colourful new dispensary of authentic Chinese delights has recently opened in Robina, and it’s sizzling and steaming everything from xiao long bao (soup dumplings) to slurp-worthy bowls of Shanghai-style spicy noodles.

From humble beginnings as a tiny hole-in-the-wall in Sydney’s Burwood Chinatown precinct during Covid lockdowns, Smiling Dumplings & Noodles has grown into a popular dumpling go-to for southern folk. Now, it’s Queensland’s turn, with founders, brother-and-sister duo Louie and Elaine Zhang, rolling out their first location outside of Sydney at The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre, dishing up a fast, fresh and fun menu of mouth-watering Chinese eats, using age-old recipes steeped in tradition.

When creating the menu, the duo hand-picked the best parts of Chinese cuisine to deliver a truly authentic and approachable eating experience, where everything is made fresh (and fast) before your eyes. You won’t find sweet-and-sour pork on the menu and there’s not a bain-marie in sight. Instead, you can devour steaming-hot baskets of handmade chicken-and-prawn siu mai, pillow-soft char-siu pork buns, prawn har gow, and xiao long bao (traditional soup dumplings), all made from scratch on site.

Noodle lovers can slurp their way through Shanghai-style stir-fried noodles with chicken, beef or seafood, or opt for a big soul-warming bowl of braised-chicken noodle soup, or the spicy beef-brisket noodle soup. The menu sidesteps from dumplings and noodles with the punchy XO Fried Rice (there’s also a mouth-tingling sambal-spiked version), alongside grilled-to-order skewers. Save room to finish strong with cream-filled mango pancakes or a pot of traditional mango sago.

Smiling Dumplings & Noodles is now open! Head to the Stumble Guide for its opening hours and contact details.

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