Where to Eat Great Chinese Food in Auckland

Steamed pork dumplings. Picture / Babiche Martens.

Mr Zhou's DumplingsRun by the former owners of legendary New Flavour, Mr Zhou brings great dumplings to west Auckland. The food is fresh and the service seems, perhaps, a little friendlier than close to the city. 3130 Great North Rd, New Lynn

Eden NoodlesThere isn't much space to move in this tiny restaurant, but the food is worth sacrificing elbow room for. Located at the uninviting end of Dominion Rd, Eden Noodles specialises in Sichuan cuisine, so the food is punchy. Order the Dan Dan noodles - a delicious steal at $11.50. 105 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden

Flourishing CafeAs the sister of Kingsland's popular Canton Cafe, this Cantonese-style restaurant is just as delicious, and yet you're more likely to land yourself a table.  1784 Great North Rd, Avondale

Barilla DumplingThis place has undergone major renovations since being shut down by the health department and reopening. Gone are the lime green walls, but the delicious food is better than ever. 571 Dominion Rd, Balmoral

Mandarin PalaceDelicious and humble, this Highland Park landmark offers both afternoon Yum Cha service and separate meals in the evening.  9 Aviemore Dr, Highland Park

Jiale Bun ShopIf you've been searching for great steamed buns, Jiale Bun Shop has baskets full of them, although you'll be hard pressed to find a table come lunch time. The buns are fluffy and the fillings are tasty - just as they should be. 27-35 Pearn Place, Northcote

XuxuIf you like your dumplings washed down with a sophisticated cocktail, head to Xuxu in Britomart. Perfect for after work dinner and drinks. Cnr Galway St and Commerce St

Grand HarbourArguably the most well-known Yum Cha restaurant in Auckland, Grand Harbour is hard to beat. Bring a large group and settle in for a veritable feast. Cnr Pakeham & Custom St West, Viaduct Harbour

ArtwokModern Chinese food has a new home in Takapuna, with the recent opening of Artwok. Be sure to try the kung pao chicken or sweet and sour pork on your visit. Read Jesse Mulligan's review. 152 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna

Empress Garden Chinese RestaurantPerhaps a little fancier than some of the other Chinese restaurants in town, Empress Garden is a favourite among the Herne Bay community. Go for the Peking Duck and avoid the shark fin soup at all costs. 227 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay

Judge BaoAnother modern take, Judge Bao specialises in street-food inspired steamed buns stuffed with delicious Asian-inspired fillings. Keep up to date with where Judge Bao will pop-up on its Facebook page.

Wang Wang Spring PancakeChinese pancakes are traditionally eaten in spring, but at Wang Wang they can be devoured all year round. Choose your filling, wrap it in a flaky pancake, and prepare to be impressed.  704 Dominion Rd, Balmoral

Tasty NoodlesThe decor of this Chinese eatery isn't like your average, with big comfy booth seats at which to eat your meal of choice. Pay extra for the hand-pulled noodles - they're worth every cent. 1/919 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill

Xiao Dan Restaurant and BarThis cheap dumpling haven fills a void on Ponsonby Rd which, aside from the trusty International Foodcourt, tends to host pricier Asian-fusion eateries.  161 Ponsonby Rd

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