Dumpling Shack’s Broadway Market stall is famous for two things: delicious Chinese dumplings, and having a massive queue. So when we were invited to come and sample their coveted parcels in full sit-down-table-service-dining-room style at their pop-up in Leicester Square, we were there with bells on.
For one week only, the Chinese kitchen popped-up at Leicester House, a huge georgian townhouse flanked by Leicester Square on one side and Chinatown on the other. The smart dining room set the scene for a sharing menu of 11 dishes, which the Dumpling Shack team plan to roll out at a permanent site in the future.
Pining for those signature dumplings, we worked our way through the menu. Spicy long bean fritters with a tofu mayo, a pleasingly crunchy jellyfish salad, barbecued duck heart kebabs that were every bit as satisfying as they promised to be, and scallops nestled on a bed of glass noodles swimming in XO sauce.
But the star of the show was undoubtedly the dumplings. Each one a comforting doughy parcel, slightly caught on the bottom to give it a crunchy bite. We sampled three fillings – pork and water chestnut, crab and truffle, and shiitake, woodear and leek. We expected the crab and truffle to be our favourite, but it was the vegetable filling that stood out (though we’d happily eat truckloads of all three).
Dumpling Shack’s reputation is well-deserved, and the queue on Broadway Market speaks for itself. The pop-up at Leicester Square gave a taster of what a permanent restaurant from the team might look – lovely staff, bangin’ tunes and of plenty of those squidgy, delicious dumplings. In the meantime, you’ll find us on Saturdays at their Broadway Market stall.
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