Fluffy, filling and easily the best thing on any dim sum menu worth its salt, roast pork char siu buns are the bar by which any Chinese restaurant must be judged.
The big blue glass box that is Soho’s Yautcha contains the best Char Siu Buns in London. Served steaming and cloud-like, the super-fluffy dough melts in the mouth while the sticky, chewy, slightly crispy texture of the enclosed pork cuts through the softness of the bun.
Don’t let the location put you off (or the fact that it’s set on the top floor of a slightly too business-y business hotel), the quality of the traditional Chinese food at MinJiang is matched only by the stellar views across Hyde Park. The baked char siew puff is the winner here. Not quite the steamed char siu buns we’re talking about, but artery clogging, barbecue-y and delicious nevertheless.
2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
020 7361 1988
Cheap, easy and properly made, a platter of dim sum from Chinatown’s Super Star is the perfect antidote to a long night on the streets of Soho. The Char Siu buns are big, fluffy and taste exactly as you want them to. The prawn and pork shumai is also unctuous and salty, and glistens with all the right kinds of oily goodness.