I was debating whether or not to go here, thinking; touristy and a massive wait. However whilst doing a trek I met a Swiss guy who’d lived in Hong Kong and Singapore and who seemed pretty food obsessed ( we had a long conversation about Hainanese chicken rice). He said I absolutely had to go and given his background go I did.
I opted for the original branch near Dongmen MRT and went at 3pm to minimize wait time. To be fair the advertised 10 min wait turned out to be only 5 and they have a pretty slick operation, taking your order whilst you wait for a table.
It was good that they do half orders of 5 dumplings for some of the choices as I was on my own and so could order three different types. I do love dumplings but I doubt if even i could manage 30 in one sitting. The first 5 to come were the classic pork XLB. The skins were the lightest I’ve had with a god pork filling and subtle broth. Next up were the pork and steamed shrimp. Not XLB and with a thicker skin and the flavours were a little bland TBH. Finally the stand out dumplings. Pork and crab roe XLB ( a rec from the Swiss guy). These were outstanding the crab roe adding a richness and hit of umami. On hearing I was from London the waitress informed me that they are opening a branch in London.