Getting to know Dicky’s Dumps 🥟

All that and dim sum 🥢

Rooted in tradition and guided by appetites, Dicky’s Dumps are Chinese-style dumplings handmade with love in Vancouver, BC. To celebrate the year of the ox, we chatted with Dickson Li about his love for dumplings and kicks.

Q: So how did Dicky’s Dumps all start?

A: Together and separately, we’ve been championing community and culture for most of our adult lives – Dickson through cooking and feeding loved ones, Pearl through creating District Local as a Vancouver passion project. Dicky’s Dumps was conceived at a District Local Lunar New Year event Get Lucky Art Show, celebrating Chinese heritage while bringing the community together, and sharing the culture in a fun way with those who may or may not have grown up with it.

"Together and separately, we've been championing community and culture for most of our adult lives."

Q: What’s your favourite thing about Lunar New Year?

A: Usually, it’s the social aspect of gathering with family. This year is different of course but we’ll still celebrate by eating lots of good food.

Q: What makes this Dutch Love batch different from what you usually make?

A: All our dumps are made with love, so that’s no different! Here, we’ve gone with pork & shrimp, a classic Hong Kong wonton flavour.

Q: Steamed, pan fried or boiled, what’s your favourite? Is there a certain flavour you like a certain way?

A: We chose to make our dumplings this specific shape for the most versatility – it stands up well to any cooking method, and because of its shape, they’re excellent sauce-catchers. The veg ones, because of the delicate fill with higher moisture content, are best steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried (vs boiled).

Q: If you had guests to impress, what would you make?

A: I make a banger Thai-style crab fried rice.

Q: What favourite rapper are you going shopping with for kicks?

A: LMF! IYKYK.

Q: Our Breakfast Club wants to know, what’s your go-to breakfast food?

A: It hasn’t changed – Cha Chaan Tang (HK style cafe) macaroni soup with SPAM and egg.

"We chose to make our dumplings this specific shape for the most versatility - it stands up well to any cooking method."

Q: If you had guests to impress, what would you make?

A: It hasn’t changed – Cha Chaan Tang (HK style cafe) macaroni soup with SPAM and egg.

Q: If we’re shooting a movie about you, who are we casting for the role?

A: Don’t know, but I’d be down to be cast in a remake of Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery. All-time classic.

Q: If we’re shooting a movie about you, who are we casting for the role?

A: With the amount of ACG in the closet…

Q: If we’re shooting a movie about you, who are we casting for the role?

A: Makes perfect sense.

"Dicky's Dumps was conceived at a District Local Lunar New Year event, celebrating Chinese heritage while bringing the community together."

Q: What’s your favourite cannabis product?

A: Gummies!

Q: What are your go-to munchies?

A: A giant bag of chips.

Feeling Lucky?

We’re feeling festive af and giving away not one, but three lucky Lunar New Year packages featuring a limited edition Our Place pan + bamboo set, Dumplings and Noodles book by @pippyeats, custom chili oil by the dumpling duo themselves and more.

Head to our IG @xodutchlove to enter. Contest closes February 28th at 11:59pm PST. Good luck!