First launched in Taiwan, this international chain is known for its all-day dim sum, particularly its xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Served in bamboo baskets, these delicate steamed buns come with fillings such as spicy pork, chilli crab and soft prawn. The other dumpling varieties are well worth sampling too: don’t leave without trying the seriously smooth chilli-prawn wontons, served in a sweet, vinegary sauce.
Peking duck, special fried rice and bountiful bowls of noodles are all extremely delicious, but sometimes Chinese food is best eaten in exquisitely crafted bite-sized packets. London’s best dim sum restaurants traditional buns, dumplings and rolls as well as renegade riffs on old classics. And not just in Chinatown: you can sample London’s yum cha offerings across the city, from fancy west London hotels to hip Hackney hideaways. All you need is a pair of chopsticks and – depending on much you manage to put away – some elasticated trousers.
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