Growing up in Hong Kong, Vicky Ha and her sister would sit around the living room helping their mum make dumplings. Vicky recalls being able to easily eat more than 30 dumplings at a time!
While working in Wellington, years later, as a chef at Cafe L’affare, she invited some chef friends over to dinner. She made some dumplings and dipping sauce, using her mum’s recipes. “They told me there was nothing like that out there and encouraged me to seriously consider selling my dumplings,” she recalls.
Soon after that, she took a job working the tiger prawn season as a chef on a boat in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia. “It was the toughest thing I have experienced in my life and I got really sea sick. But, on the plus side, I did come home with $20,000 in my pocket.” That cash injection was the money and the impetus she needed to kick start House of Dumplings.
“We want to make the kind of dumplings that a grandma would feed to their grandchild,” Vicky says. She wanted to completely buck the trend of hideous, commercially made dumplings that are loaded with all sorts of unknown ingredients and full of MSG. She wanted to make the homemade dumplings she grew up with and really give people a taste of real dumplings, bursting with herbs and beautiful natural ingredients.
They make everything from scratch, with no cutting corners, using nothing but the best NZ produce. Every single dumpling is carefully handmade by the team. You will NOT find any MSG, artificial colouring, avouring or preservatives in any of the products.
“We love getting our ingredients from local producers and farmers. It’s very important to us that the animals we eat have led a decent life, as nature intended,” she says.
You’ll find the House of Dumplings range in our freezers with their Mum’s Sauce and Chilli Oil in our grocery department for dipping deliciousness!
Cheerful chicken – Loaded with fresh herbs, shiitake mushrooms and free-range corn-fed chicken thigh.
Prancing pork – A traditional Chinese dumpling , free-range Wairapa Longbush pork shoulder.
Vegan Treats pack – A frozen dumplings pack for vegans. Spinach, Tofu and Bok Choy and Japanese Six-Mushroom varieties. Full House – a pick of the best in one package.