Situated in Long street, this authentic dumpling restaurant is a taste of China in the heart of Cape Town. Everything is made-to-order by the chef and is served straight out of the steamer or pan so that you eat each dumpling while it’s still hot and fresh. Dumplings on offer include beef, lamb and chicken pot stickers which come served in threes with a dipping sauce. Traditional Chinese Char Su Bao stuffed with red bean paste is a popular choice and highly recommended by the waiter, as is the sweet and smoky pork bao. Both are served in single portions.
For something a little more filling and substantial, the slow-braised beef with jasmine rice is a delicious combination of fatty succulent beef and sticky fragrant rice. The spicy prawn laksa is a must-try for any seafood lover, the broth tastes of the ocean, and the prawns are served in the shell for maximum flavour delivery.
Dessert options comprise of homemade seasonal ice cream flavours, served by the scoop. The black sesame ice cream is a dark charcoal colour with an interesting, unfamiliar flavour. Perfect for a quick lunch outing or a relaxed dinner.
A selection of signature Chinese-inspired house cocktails are available. Try the green tea mojito or Shanghai iced tea with a vodka kick. Wine and beer are available, but the selection is limited. There is a wide range of Chinese teas available, as well as a selection of traditional coffee and Vietnamese coffee on offer too. Both can be served iced or with a scoop of ice cream.
Service is attentive, and the waiting time is dependent on how busy the restaurant is. Everything is made-to-order and is served as soon as it is ready. The open-plan kitchen reveals the tight kitchen space as well as the small number of chefs working at any given time.
The restaurant is modestly decorated, with Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling and the menu written on chalkboards that hang on the wall. Tables are small and plain with small stools, enough space for you to receive your order, eat it timeously and be on your way. Don’t expect to hang around for hours for a leisurely lunch or dinner.
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