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Dumpling dipping sauce

3 Aug

Danielle wrote about Chop Chop in Leith in June. The wonderful people who brings you Chop Chop dumplings are good enough to freeze some of them for your private delectation. Here’s my favourite dumpling dipping sauce, tasty and versatile, to eat with Jian’s potstickers or your own, home-made dumplings.

Dumpling dipping sauce


  • Light soy sauce
  • Sherry or rice wine vinegar
  • garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • fresh ginger, finely chopped or minced
  • fresh chilli, finely chopped
  • fresh coriander, finely chopped

Optional ingredients:

  • Peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • Basil, finely chopped
  • Lime juice


  1. Mix garlic, ginger, chillies, vinegar and soy sauce to taste.
  2. Add coriander.
  3. Serve.

A note on amounts

Typically, you’ll use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts soy, and as much of the flavourings as you want to achieve the flavour you are after. If this is your first ever time, take 1 small clove of garlic, half an inch of ginger, a handful of coriander leaf and half a medium chili. As you get used to the sauce, you can add or subtract amounts to suit your taste.


  • For a satay-style sauce, add a couple of table spoons of peanut butter and mix thoroughly.
  • For a Thai-inspired sauce, swap vinegar for lime juice and coriander for basil.


Go Chop Chop to this new restaurant in Leith

1 Jul

Your heart rather sinks when you hear another restaurant has opened in “restaurant death row” opposite the Scottish Office on Commercial Street, Leith. With the exception of the Kitchin and Daniel’s restaurant who have successfully dug their heals in, many restaurants have opened and soon closed. 

Following a wonderful dinner last night, I am sure Chop Chop will be an exception. Fans already note the Haymarket location as their favourite restaurant in Edinburgh, and judging the number of people on a Wednesday night, they are flocking to Leith too. 

I have to declare, this is the first time I have eaten out at Chinese restaurant in many, many years as I have an aversion to MSG used liberally in many restaurants. The chance to celebrate Social Media day encourage me and Mr EF to go along. 

Chop Chop Edinburgh

Chop Chop's famous dumplings


The group celebrating were served the Unlimited Banquet. Rather than read the menu in advance, we decided to “go with the flow” and find out more as the dishes arrived. Do check out the full menu, a real bargain at £18.50 per person. 

The flavours of the dishes were fresh and completely different from the standard Chinese menu. The unprepossessing boiled dumplings pictured were stuffed with pork and coriander, beautifully moist and delicate. Other particular favourites were the fresh salads; gloriously sticky sweet and sour pork ribs; the spinach and peanuts; the crispy northern beef and the aubergines with garlic. Those on other tables whose eyes were bigger than their stomachs ordered more in the (short) interval and struggled to finish. We were more restrained but by the time the last item came, we definitely felt satiated. 

If you’ve been put off by the fact that the Haymarket restaurant featured on Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word Best Restaurant (Series 5, episode 4) , don’t be. Book that table today.  Currently, the restaurant is BYOB (you can buy beer) so don’t forget to take along your own bottle. There are some opening offers well worth checking out.  

Chop Chop