Introducing The Ugly Dumpling: The V&A Waterfront’s new dumpling hatch that sells out in seconds

Many Cape Town locals will know of the Salt River gem Sepial’s Kitchen that became known and loved for serving up North-East Asian flavours. While Sepial’s may be closed for now (and operating at the Oranjezicht City Farm), the team has taken on a new baby project in the form of The Ugly Dumpling.

The new dumpling bar, which is now open at the V&A Waterfront Food Market near the Watershed, was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic and created by Sepial Shim’s son, Mooru Yeo, to keep the team financially stable and to offer more delicious products to their loyal customers.

Mooru, who studied at Silwood School of Cookery, has developed a range of “ugly and delicious dumplings”. The stall is serving up (and selling out at lightning speed) easy, quick bites with the same quality that fans have come to know at Sepial’s Kitchen.

Think Korean fried chicken bao buns, wonton soup, cucumber and seaweed salad, pan-fried buns with a nutty cinnamon filling, and fried kimchi or prawn mandoo (steamed dumplings). New items will be introduced every week and they’ve even introduced frozen dumplings to enjoy at home.

The Ugly Dumpling is open Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 6pm, at the V&A Food Market. Follow them on Instagram for menu updates.

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