A Belated Kung Hei Fat Choi (Have a Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year!)

Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

I love Chinese New Year in London. I love popping to Chinatown and having lunch and spotting the red envelopes being handed out. I love all of the celebration around it and the food.

Xiao Long Bao (or Siu Long Bao) at Leongs Legend - Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Yesterday, I popped down to Chinatown to soak it all up and to have some of my favourite dumplings. Not traditional Chinese New Year food but comfort food of the highest order, (pork) Xiao Long Bao, gorgeous steamed dumplings with pork and soup inside. I like to have them at Taiwanese restaurant Leong’s Legend, they’re the best I have found.

Xiao Long Bao (or Siu Long Bao) at Leongs Legend - Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

They’re tricky to eat as the soup is molten when the dumplings are steaming. Remove them gently from the steamer by their tip using your chopsticks, plonk them (gently!) on the soup spoon before dipping them in the delicious black vinegar and ginger. Then bite the top off, suck the soup out (trying not to burn yourself) and eat the dumpling. And do it 7 more times before leaving happy. Love it.

Some more on my trip to China & Hong Kong in December and also Chinese food this week.

Awesome hat - Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Just missed the dragon! Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

Taking a break - Chinatown in London, on Chinese New Year 2012

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Written by Niamh
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