Help!!! Dumplings!! [London]
Iàm not new to this board, although I have to say I read more than posting...sorry!
I need your help!
I have a very serious addiction to Chinese Dumplings....the Jiao zi.
I am Italian although have been living in London for years...still I have never managed to find the dumplings I am used to eat in my favourite Chinese restaurant out of China, which is Hang-Zhou in Rome, by the way!
They do Pork dumplings, spring-rolls with cabbage, carrots and soya sprouts as starters and main courses are usually Kung-Pao chicken, Almond Chicken or Sweet and sour Pork or spicy pork belly....
The kind of Chinese food we have in Italy is just my favourite...and I can't seem to find it in London! Can anyone help with this?
Thanks a lot!
It would probably be worth trying the dumplings at Local Friends. Just ate there for the first time tonight, and saw on the Hunan menu something called "Hunan Style Dumplings" - they appear to be star-shaped pork dumplings, but we didn't get to try them. I hopefully will next time though!
Here's a link to my post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670305
Definitely agree with JFores - try Silk Road. Well worth the trip, even if you don't live nearby.
Read some reviews here: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/35489.htm
Jen Cafe in Chinatown does great dumplings - http://www.london-eating.co.uk/35489.htm
Ba Shan is sadly not as good as it once was, but still not a bad choice for dumplings and other Sichuan / Xin Jiang small plates. Jen Cafe is a lot cheaper though.
Noodle Oodle (Oxford St) is also worth a visit for hand-pulled noodles and xiao long bao (soup filled dumplings).
Ba Shan in Soho do the best dumplings I've had in London. They're really very good. Baozi Inn (a connected cafe/restaurant) also do very nice dumplings (but less variety). Ba Shan does come at quite a cost though, Baozi Inn less so.
I am a self-confessed fanatic also, and when I lived in China for a year I probably ate about 6-7 dumplings every day - they were also pretty much free. I've made them a few times too, although it is a serious hassle. Another alternative is to buy them frozen (they're pretty good although nothing beats them freshly made).
I do know of one more place that does them well - Red Chilli in Manchester. But that's...well...in Manchester. So I'm very much interested if anyone else knows anywhere else that does good jiaozi.