Made famous through Gordon Ramsey’s search for the best Chinese in the UK, Chop Chop has a lot to live up to.  A group of 8 of us headed to the Morrison street shop (there’s a slightly glitzier branch down at the Shore), for a catch up and a bit of a blow out.  It was chosen for it’s BYOB option, and mouth watering £18.50 banquet which fit our criteria: cheap, plentiful booze, filling and delicious.

As always, it was the menu that really sold it to me.  And the food didn’t disappoint (I challenge you to read without your mouth watering):

  • 8 pork & coriander boiled dumplings
  • Prawn crackers
  • 8 chicken boiled dumplings
  • 8 pan-fried beef and chilli dumplings
  • 4 pan-fried prawn dumplings
  • Sweet and sour pork ribs
  • Cucumber salad
  • Shredded potato salad
  • Egg Plant (aubergines)
  • Fishballs with chilli
  • Tender Green Beans and Chilli
  • Crispy Northern Beef
  • Two lamb with cumin seed
  • Seasoned Chicken Wings
  • Crispy Shredded Potato
  • Stir-fried chicken & potatoes
  • Large boiled rice
The dumplings are justifiably famous.  The salads are deliciously seasoned and are a fresh compliment to the other deep friend dishes.  The aubergine to die for.  Plenty of meat too for the carnivores!  Washed down with my current wine du jour, CO OP Fairtrade Torrontes Chardonnay (I’m not usually a chardonnay fan but the fruitiness of the grape is perfectly matched with the sometimes overpoweringly aromatic Torrontes grape).
The atmosphere is low-key Chinese canteen, big wooden tables and no pretence.  You’re here for the food and nothing distracts you from this, including the discreet staff, whizzing past your table only to hand over the next steaming plate of food.  They deserve a big thank you for putting up with our rowdy group (the ones, as hospitality staff, we HATE).

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Putting the things around me in order. Sensory overload! So much to see and do in this beautiful city, Edinburgh, this blog helps to document and share what makes me tick.

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