Beijing Dumplings in Chinatown London is a place where you can find small gem of Xiao Long Bao that is heart warming and really dose hit the spot if your craving for some comforting gourmet food.
Upon ordering a few of our favourite Xiao Long Bao’s (小籠包), we requested for a plate of ginger thats been julienned, you need to request this as it dose not come standard. We then mixed the vinegar and soya sauce to the ginger, I prefer more of a tangy flavour so I add 3 part vinegar and 1 part soya sauce.
Pork Xiao Long Bao (£5.80)
We started of the meal with some freshly made Xiao long bao, these were prepared at the front of the restaurant by two ladies with intricate dumpling making skills, watching them make these small bite size gems is already enough to intrigue anyone to walk in and try.
The skin of the dumpling is thin but just thick enough to hold the ingredients and soup inside, the best way to eat these is to bite a small hole to release the hot juice inside to avoid getting burnt. Dipped into the vinegar and soya sauce mix give the dumpling that extra depth of flavour. The meant is juicy, well seasoned and it’s just a pleasure to eat.
Spicy Pork Xiao Long Bao (£5.80)
If you are looking for a dumpling with a bit of a kick then these Spicy Xiao Long Bao is exactly what you need. Again these dumplings are packed with flavours, juicy with great texture. The soup that leaked out had a reddish colour, which I assume come from the chillies. Paired with the sauce which just cuts through the richness of the filling is a matched made in heaven.
Supreme Dumpling (£3.20 each)
Beijing Dumpling serve a limited number of these large Xiao Long Bao’s so make sure you get there early to order them.
Because of it’s size, the filling inside it actually chunkier, which gives it a different texture with a bit of a bite. Slices of pork and chunks of prawn with shiitake mushroom gives the dumpling great flavour and texture. There we tones of hot soup inside this dumpling so be caution when bitting into it.
Dan Dan Noodles – 擔擔麵 (£5.80)
Dan Dan Noodles is a dish originated from Sichuan which is in the Southeastern part of China, popular for their mouth numbing pepper corns and chillies, I was expecting this noodles to be spicy. The noodles itself was actually very mild with a very thick broth and a hint of curry flavour, garnished with some spring onion and pickled cabbage which adds savoury flavour.
The noodles were short, thick and quite soft, it’s definitely the kind of noodles that required a spoon. The shape of it reminds me of Silver Needles noodles (老鼠粉) in Malaysian cuisine.
Overall I felt that the noodles were too soft and lacked in flavours, which I think could be improved with a broth thats less thick and thinner noodles.
Monk’s Vegetable (£6.80)
A simple stir fry with broccoli’s, baby corns, bean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese straw mushrooms brought together with an oyster sauce is an excellent dish to balance out the meal. The vegetables wasn’t over cooked which had a crunch, it also complimented the Dan Dan noodles very well.
Beijing Dumplings never fails to impress me with their freshly prepared Xiao Long Bao’s and it was easy to give Beijing Dumpling a massive 4 Yums! They serve these little dumplings all day so if you fancy some dim sum during the evening Beijing Dumpling is definitely a place to visit.