Have Your Dumplings And Eat Them Too At This Gluten Free-Friendly Chinese Restaurant

  • Mums & Bubs

By: Melissa Fine, ellaslist 

Gluten free dim sum might sound like an oxymoron, but the two go hand-in-hand at Melbourne's Red Emperor; here the skilled Dim Sum Chefs are up at the crack of dawn, and amongst the signature dim sum they've been bringing to the table for over 23 years, there are now plenty gluten free options so that no one misses out on the yum cha fun. 

There are a 34 (!) gluten free items on the yum cha menu, to which The Coeliac Society of Australia Inc. has given two thumbs up - from Steamed Scallop Dumplings, Steamed Prawn Rice Noodles and BBQ Honey Pork, to gluten free AND vegetarian options like the Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings, Stuffed Eggplant, and Steamed Custard Buns for something on the sweeter side. 

We love the affordable price range (dim sum dishes range from $7 to $13), and that everything is served the traditional way, on trolleys. Feel like a bit of everything? Roll with the Red Emperor's All You Can Eat Yum Cha at $50/head Monday through Friday, or $60/head on the weekend.

Did we mention that everything here is also MSG-free?

And how's this view? Hello Yarra River! You can even dine al-fresco if it's a nice day out. 

All The Details

Where: Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant, M10 Mid Level / Level 2 Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC 3006

When: Lunch & Yum Cha runs Monday to Saturday 12pm-3pm, and Sunday 11am-1.15pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

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