Friendly Edinburgh institution for a quick dumpling fix or all-night banquet.
By now, there can’t be many in Edinburgh unfamiliar with the Chop Chop approach, which eschews typical anglicised Chinese fare for authentic cuisine from the north-east of the country, served up in a variety of portion sizes. For the uninitiated though, that means delicious filled dumplings, either boiled (Jiao Zi) or fried (Guo Tie), a number of unusual but alluring vegetarian selections (like shredded potato salad with garlic, coriander and sesame oil) plus lashings of flavoured noodles. The takeaway service – which includes generous meal-deals and discounts for members – follows the same winning formula as the restaurants. You can order online or by phone and collect from either Haymarket or Leith branches; a delivery service from the latter has stuttered recently so check with the restaurants for confirmation that it's available.
Chop Chop has been serving up cheap, fast and reliable Chinese food for well over a decade now from its bright and colourful Haymarket outpost. Its success has seen it branch out with a dumpling factory and a slick online marketing operation. Yet it still feels like a family business, with founder Jian Wang leading the kitchen team and her son Yin Fei working front of house and performing the occasional magic show. The dumplings are the centrepiece of the menu, boiled or fried in nine different flavours, from the classic pork and prawn to the moreish lamb and cumin. Mains take in the usual selection of noodles, rice, sweet, sour and spicy with a few surprises in the vegetarian section such as a delicious dish of pan-fried aubergine and garlic. Vegans and vegetarians get entire menus to themselves and dumplings and noodles come in gluten-free versions.
- Delivery: Fri–Sun only. £3 on orders under £20, free over £20. Daily delivery available through Deliveroo.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chinese pop ballads
- Live entertainment: Magic shows at Christmas, Chinese New Year or by arrangement
- Capacity: 68
- Largest group: 68
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16.25 per bottle
- BYOB: £5.50 wine/ £3 beer corkage (£5.50 per bottle, £3.30 for 4 or more. Beer bottle/can £3/ £1.50)
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Chop Chop dumplings set for supermarket sales25 Feb 2008
Edinburgh restaurateur Roy King, who runs Chop Chop, has announced that the dumplings for which they are famous are now being produced for sale in Sainsbury's. He insisted on maintaining his policy of 'fresh ingredients only and no pre-cooking…