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Haverfoodie Jun 17, 2013 03:03 PM

Which are the best dumpling places in Chinatown? I've tried the two bao stalls (same owner?), Baozi Inn, Jen Cafe. But where else is good and for which particular types of dumplings? I like all kinds.

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    bleep75 Jun 18, 2013 01:15 AM

    I like the xiao long bao at Leongs Legends. And Royal China in Canary Wharf are my favourite dim sum in london.

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      Kavey Jun 22, 2013 10:10 AM

      Seconded on LL xiao long bao.
      I also love their pork buns. :-D

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      klyeoh Jun 19, 2013 03:41 PM

      For Chinatown: I was at Joy King Lau last month -it's quite good:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901758

      But the better dim sum spots are in Marylebone - Phoenix Palace and Royal China Club:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878337

      1. limster Jun 22, 2013 06:03 PM

        Walking distance from Chinatown - besides great noodles, Chang's on Coptic Street has superb jiao3 zi3/northern styled dumplings - versions with pork or Chinese chives/jiu3 cai4; we ordered the latter and found them great.

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          Haverfoodie Jun 24, 2013 04:34 AM

          We ended up at:

          1) Jen Cafe for steamed jiaozi - thick skins, which I quite like, good filling (very porky)

          2) Dumplings Legends for the spicy pork and pork & crab xiao long bao - spicy pork was numbing-hot, mostly tasted of ginger, but the broth had lots of flavour. The other kind was porky, but the broth definitely tasted better than the meat mixture.

          3) The bao stall opposite Baozi Inn - they've introduced a pork and bamboo option - nice crunch from the bamboo, good pork flavours. Will try pork and seaweed next time.

          Thanks for your suggestions! I've been to Chang's before thanks to Chowhound, and thoroughly enjoyed their noodle soup. Eventually will work my way onto other things in the menu.

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            JFores Jun 24, 2013 04:58 AM

            Not in Chinatown, but I have always loved the lamb and onion dumplings at Silk Road in Camberwell. They're among the best lamb dumplings I've had anywhere, China included. Great money for value as well.

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              Haverfoodie Jun 24, 2013 12:44 PM

              I travel ridiculous distances to eat them. I might petition them to start a Silk Road II up in north London.

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