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Dumpling Shack

Old Spitalfields Market

London E1 6EW Greater London, United Kingdom

Dumpling Shack is most famous for its sheng jian bao Shanghai dumplings. They’re grenade-sized fried soup dumplings, made fresh daily, filled with pork and a molten broth that only the foolish bite into without piercing beforehand. They won’t come back to bite you so much as boil you. They’re also not the only reason to make a trip to Spitalfields Market. The prawn wontons in chilli oil are, depending on the day, sometimes even better.

As well as making London’s best shen jiang bao soup dumplings, Dumpling Shack are also doing some brilliant EOTHO-specific deals. Every Tuesday they’re offering special sets for £10, including: six pork soup dumplings, spicy beef noodles, and a drink, or four dumplings, prawn wontons, crispy spring onion pancake plus a drink. All for a tenner. There’s also a Sichuan hot fried chicken sandwich dinner deal.

Spring onion pancake

“It’s no secret that Dumpling Shack’s sheng jian bao are London’s most reliably tasty soup dumplings. Pan-fried for a crisp bite, packed with pork, and with a slurp of delicious broth - they tick all the boxes. (n.b. I personally prefer a soupier dumpling, like a xiao long bao, but that’s for another time). Anyway, they aren’t the best thing I ate this week. Nor the best thing I ate at Dumpling Shack. That, goes to their spring onion pancake. It’s a fantastic and flaky circle of textures and onion that, looks-wise, resembles something that’s been formed and fried to exacting standards before, at the very last minute, being viciously battered with the ugly stick. All of my favourite burgers ever have the same trait and this fried pancake has just joined the club. It marries your softest and flakiest sweet pastry memories into something deliciously savoury that should absolutely be dunked in DS’s chilli oil.”

- JM

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