I caught this amazing stall when they were still trading at Broadway Market’s Schoolyard but I have been assured that they will continue trading just around the corner, phew. Before this was announced, the uncertainty of DumplingShack’s presence in Hackney prompted myself to wake up early a few saturdays to grab some of these goodies before they sold out!
Their Shen Jian Baos (pan-fried soup dumplings) are amazing! Perfectly crisp, golden-brown based dumpling housing a satisfying mouthful of the soup enriched with the flavours coming from the pork. I bit into the dumplings gently and the soup exploded all over my phone! Unfortunately my reaction was not so immediate and I carried on biting into the dumpling, fortunately my boyfriend was more quick on his feet and my phone survived. Phone-omenal. My take-away box was full of the soup mixed in with some of the chilli oil and vinegar that seeped through the paper cup, I shamelessly downed the soup that squirted out into my box, yes it was that good.
Their home-made chilli oil is so nice, I made sure each bite was accompanied with some of the oil and chilli flakes. Just the right amount of heat.
The crayfish dumplings, I felt like the filling could’ve been a little smoother and bound together better but there’s no denying that the crispy golden dough on the outside made up for it. The steamed lamb gyoza were a new thing to me, I’ve never had lamb in any sort of dumplings before, they were steamed well so that the dumpling was soft to bite into. The lamb had a very distinct flavour and I found it quite gamey.
I’ll add a few more pictures of the dumplings I ate from their stall but were from too long ago for me to write about. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us in their new location around the corner and fingers crossed there will be more fun fillings to try!