April 13, 2021

📍24 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AH
💰Ruby Prawn Dumpling in Beetroot Pastry £4.90

Literally named after a Cantonese-style dumpling, can you guess what the specialty is here? With an all-day dim sum menu featuring baozi to jiaozi, xiao long bao to shumai, Baozi Inn have you covered…and the dumplings brightly coloured (naturally from beetroot, spinach, turmeric and red cabbage). Some of London’s best, we can’t decide between the ruby red prawn dumplings or Chengdu jiaozi in chilli oil…

Dumpling Shack
📍Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BG
💰Pork and Leek Pan Fried Soup Dumplings £10.90

If you don’t know these guys by now, you should. Headed up by husband and wife John and Yee Li, Dumpling Shack serves up fresh, handmade Sheng jian bao pork dumplings (a Shanghai specialty) day in day out to a hungry Spitalfields Market. Just how good are they? We’ll let the queue answer that…

My Neighbours The Dumplings
📍165 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton E5 8EQ
💰Classic Pork & Prawn Shumai £5.50

Going down well with Hackney’s hipsters in search of a modest, sustainably-sourced munch; give your dumpling affair an east London twist at this family-run former pop-up. Somewhat pan-Asian with saké cocktails and Thai papaya salads, the dumplings are some of the best you’ll find outside zone 1 – with caringly handmade skins and tasty meat. The menu’s limited but veggies will be happy with a couple of options every bit as good as the rest. Get here early…

Wun’s Tea Room
📍23 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ
💰Lacey Dumplings with Pork & Chives £8.80

Ever tried lacey dumplings? Get a flavour for them while soaking in nostalgic vibes of 1960’s Hong Kong at this stylish speakeasy…one of Soho’s best kept secrets.  Don’t stop at the dumplings either – the fatty sugar skin iberico char siu pork is one of the best things we’ve ever tasted and the place is also known for its stellar drinks selection, which includes rarities you wouldn’t usually find in Europe….

Red Farm
📍9 Russell St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
💰Pacman Shrimp Dumplings £12

Supercharge your dumplings at this much-awaited New York import, known for inventive and playfully presented dishes made with local seasonal ingredients. Whether its slurping fist-sized xiao long bao with a straw or devouring Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde before Pac Man can, you’re in for a fun, quirky evening in Covent Garden…

Master Wei Xi’An
📍Cosmo Pl, Holborn, London WC1N 3AP
💰Steamed Pork and Vegetable Dumplings £6.80

Tucked away down a pretty little side street near Russell Square, this unassuming Shaanxi specialist is headed up by the multi-award-winning female chef Wei Guirong. and serves a variety of dumplings including pot stickers, wontons and more. Our favourites are the classic steamed pork and vegetable. The secret lies in their homemade chilli oil – the chillies that go into it are specially selected each morning, and boy does it pay off…

Mao Chow
📍159A Mare Street, E8 3RD
💰Meaty veg & dill dumplings with chilli oil £6

Got that carnivorous friend who’d rather eat a vegan than eat at one? Take them here for a guaranteed party in the mouth. From a cupboard-sized space by London Fields, Mao Chow serves all-vegan Chinese dishes packed with intense flavour and tongue tingling sensations. Not for the faint hearted, make sure to get here early as the dumplings can sell out before 9pm…

Dumplings’ Legend
📍15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE
💰Pork & Crabmeat Xiao Long Bao £8.50

The clue’s in the name. Immerse yourself in the heart of Chinatown before heading to one of Gerrard St’s most famous dumpling purveyors. Big ones, small ones, meaty ones, juicy ones. Pumping out an incredible 8,000 dumplings each day, if you can name it, they’ve got it…

Chai Wu
📍87–135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
💰Lobster dumplings topped with beluga caviar £19

Feel like a superstar at this sleek and contemporary pan-Asian on Harrods’ fifth floor. Serving up some of London’s most luxurious Chinese fare, you’ll find an assortment of exotic and colourful dumplings, from lobster topped with beluga caviar to crystal sea bass with gold leaf. Oh so extra? They just might be, but they’re delicious and what better reason to push the boat out…