Holes in the Wall


Round two. London style.

I’ve never waited so long for dim sum.

The Californian in me is used to early brunches (early enough that they should probably be called breakfast) and dim sum is no exception. Dim sum can start as early as 9 a.m. with most of the morning crowd arriving by 11:00 a.m.

That was not the case of Overseas Chinese or, in fact, any dim sum restaurant in London’s Chinatown. Everything was closed – boba shops (understandably), dim sum restaurants, and even the Chinese buffets! The only two things open were Chinese bakeries (which nearly tempted us into spoiling our appetites) and cafés.


We wandered around the mostly-empty streets of Chinatown, getting strange looks from restaurant owners and workers as we desperately searched for an open restaurant.

Realizing that we weren’t going to find anything open until 11 a.m., we settled into a nearby Costa, drinking some tea to settle our stomachs before or dim sum brunch.

We were quickly seated at our table and presented with a menu to order from. We ordered char siu bao (top left), pot stickers (top middle), pork siu mai (top right), har gow (bottom left), ham soi gok (bottom middle), and beef cheong fun (bottom right).

My cousin, being a picky eater was satisfied with most of the pork and beef choices, while my aunt and I thoroughly enjoyed everything. A lot of these choices are similar to my last dimsum post with a few additions.

The beef cheong fun was a yummy dish of seasoned beef wrapped in rice noodle, steamed, and then dressed with a sweet soy sauce. The char siu bao (not my personal favorite, but my aunt and cousin enjoyed it) was a steamed pork bun made from rice flour and filled with sweet BBQ pork. The pot stickers were pretty standard fried dumplings with a pork filling.

For being a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Overseas Chinese did not disappoint, and their prices (though double that of restaurants in the States) did were relatively cheap for a brunch for three. Each dish ranged from £2.50 to £3.00 so all in all it averaged out to about £6.00 a person.

Which Chinatown do you think is best? Let me know in the comments below.


One thought on “Holes in the Wall”

  1. I have to be honest and admit that I’ve never had dim sum before but you make it sound absolutely delicious. With a name like beef cheong fun, what’s not to love? Although I don’t think I’ll be making any weekend trips to London in the coming weeks, I’ll have to find my way to a dim sum restaurant in the city to try it out. Also, I never knew it was a brunch thing, good to know! I can’t wait to see what yummy food you post next!


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