There’s dumpling you should know…
Dumplings. Gosh, they’re tasty aren’t they? And, as you’ve probably learnt by now as an avid Handbooker, there is a ‘National Day’ for absolutely everything, from Odd Socks Day, To Ding-a-Ling Day, to Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day and, well you get the picture…
But one day we can totes get on board with is National Dumpling Day, this Thursday 26th September, eek! Dumplings are pieces of dough wrapped around a filling and that’s all we really know/ want to know, because we’re more concerned about where and when the heck we can eat them! So, if you’re ready to embrace National Dumpling Day like a champ then find some of our favourite spots below…
I just can’t express my fillings for how good these little doughy parcels are…
Saying something is the ‘best in the world’ is a huge claim in any case, but we feel like the one made about these delicious looking dumplings from Din Tai Fung may well be true. On the 5th of December last year, as Christmas mingling began to crowd the city, a restaurant extravaganza that began in Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, threw its doors open in London’s Covent Garden. And thus some of the world’s best dumplings landed on our shores. The pork dumplings – also known as pork xiao long bao – have been raucously raved about across the globe, receiving various shout-outs and accolades for their simplistic visage and spot-on flavours.
So, for dumplings with the world’s stamp of approval visit Din Tai Fung!
Where: 5 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8PT
As a dab hand at producing some of the cities best Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, Orient London is a fabulous spot for delicious dumplings and dim sum. Beef, pork, prawns, and vegetables are wrapped up tight in the dumpling parcels, all of which are handmade by a dedicated dim sum chef and will look oh, so good on the gram…
We’re talking classic Cantonese offerings like the Har gau and Siu mai to cute little gyozas and crystal king prawn dumplings with black truffle and X.O chilli sauce. There’s no better way to celebrate the big day!
Where: 15 Wardour Street, W1D 6PH
Don’t let the name put you off, because these beauties are far from ugly at Ugly Dumpling! In fact, they’re some of the most aesthetically pleasing feasts for both the eyes and taste buds, combining Western ingredients and Asian home recipes to conjure up wow-worthy flavours. Eat light at lunch before you head to Ugly Dumpling as the feeders will layer plates with street food classics like the prawn and chive and spinach and tofu. You can try five diverse dumplings for the cost of £8 and get rolled out of the resto shortly after!
Where: 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB
Yauatcha upto? Get it…
Yuatcha is an awesome, raved about top drawer dim sum resto bringing moreish dumplings to the mouths of hungry Londoners. Expect Cantonese shui mai (diced pork in an open dough casing) or har gau (steamed prawn dumpling with a translucent wrapper) both of which, and many more, can be found at the Soho and Broadgate Circle outposts. If, however, you’re journeying around London with dumplings on the brain then you can also find Yuatcha across the world and relish in the European culinary techniques and Asian ingredients. Dumplings, dumplings everywhere!
Where: Soho & Broadgate Circle
I can whole-heartedly vouch for ROKA’s incredible dumplings, having tried them just last night! The beef, ginger and sesame dumplings ooze flavour and come in fluffy little pouches of OMG, presented beautifully. Plus, even if you don’t go for the dumplings then go for the atmosphere… that cherry blossom is SO Instagrammable!
Where: 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR
XU Teahouse & Restaurant oozes luxury and whirlwinds visitors to the glam dining rooms of 1930’s Taipei. With this in mind, there really isn’t a better place to enjoy a dumpling or two. Their moreish selections include 28 day aged middlewhite pork xian bing and sweet Potato and miso taro dumplings in kow choi oil and there’s much more where that came from. They’re certainly among the more unique of the dumpling selections in the capital.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DL
I wish my neighbours really were the dumplings. Imagine that! An endless stream of deliciousness. This Hackney-based resto does just what it says on the tin, delivering to-die-for dumplings to ravenous Londoners. All dumplings are fresh as a daisy, hand-made with meat that is free range and fish sustainably sourced. Dim Sum style, feast on dumplings including scallop and spinach dumplings or pork and prawn classics, or veggie dumplings or, well, all of them!
Where: 165 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8EQ
If you’re all aboard the dumpling bus then why not check out our dim sum guide too?