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London - Of Legends & Werewolves

klyeoh | Jan 10, 2012 01:10 PM

Remember Warren Zevon's 1978 song, "Werewolves of London"? The song lyrics went:

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I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein

Aaoooooo! Werewolves of London! Aaoooooo!
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Lee Ho Fook was one of the pionering stalwarts of London Chinatown's restaurant scene and, for decades, churned out rustic Toishan-style Cantonese fare. A few years back, Lee Ho Fook closed down. Today, its location is occupied by Dumpling's Legend. No werewolves in sight, but a Hound seeking good dumplings.

What I had:

- Basket of 8 assorted dumplings - interesting combination of a pair of shrimp-filled dumplings, a pair of shrimp-chives dumplings (with the strong pronounced chive scent), a pair of shrimp-corn kernels dumplings, and a pair of shrimp-bamboo shoots dumplings. The translucent glutinous rice flour skin were stickier than I'd have liked, but the shrimps used were all super-fresh. I must say that the quality of ingredients used in Chinatown restaurants in London has improved significantly in recent years;

- Egg-fried rice with shrimps - here again, the standard of cooking has improved dramatically from the old days when Chinese fried rice in Chinatown tasted kinda funny, and borderline repugnant to Singaporean/Hong Kong visitors;

- Sweet-sour pork - oops, not very good version here: bland, tasteless, too-hard overcooked pork. Avoid!

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Dumpling's Legend
15-16 Gerrard St, London, England W1D 5, GB

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