I have written briefly about Chop Chop in Morrison Street Edinburgh before but this was my first visit to the newer Chop Chop restaurant on Leith waterfront. We went for Sunday lunch – our original intention was to have Dim Sum but when we saw the menu we were tempted by the banquet for four at £18.50 each – an opportunity to taste a wider selection of dishes. Click on the menu to see what was on offer – I won’t try and describe everything but will pick out some highlights.
For the dumplings, you create your own dipping sauce from soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and chilli. The boiled dumplings look a little flabby but tasted really good – the pork and coriander ones were outstanding.
As were the fried prawn dumplings.
I never really associate salads with Chinese food and had no experience of Chinese salads. I was rather dubious about the potato salad which seemed to be raw potato but it worked really well, as did the cucumber salad.
Aubergines with garlic were excellent – this is a Chop Chop signature dish and not to be missed. The crispy northern beef was good although I thought it was too sweet – the sauce would be better with quite a lot less sugar.
The lamb didn’t really look good – pale and watery – which put some people off. I think of cumin as a Middle eastern flavour with lamb – I’d never had it with Chinese food before and I thought it was very good. The stir-fried chicken and potato, however, both looked and tasted good. I’d never had experience of potato in Chinese cooking before.
Sticky and superb sweet and sour pork ribs – sweet but that’s what you expect from this dish..
We don’t eat Chinese food often – my wife is diabetic and most Chinese dishes in the UK are too sugary. But Chop Chop is certainly different and definitely the best Chinese restaurant in Scotland that we have tried. It was not busy in Leith at Sunday lunchtime, which was a little surprising – we expected it to be full. But don’t let this put you off – great food and child-friendly.