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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:

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!

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!

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

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