London-based food blogger Kar-Shing Tong leads something of a Batman-Bruce Wayne double life. Working as a financier in City, he intersperses his high-flying corporate job with documenting delicious eats he encounters across the Capital. What began as a hobby has earned him tens of thousands of Instagram followers to his @KS_Ate_Here account.
Kar-Shing’s ultra close-up shots of guilty pleasure eats leave discerning foodies salivating so we invited him to takeover the official @ChinatownLondon Instagram and bring you highlights of his beloved foods in the area, from childhood favourites to new discoveries.
“Yum cha was always a very special time for me growing up. There were few things I looked forward to more than Sunday’s with family and friends feasting on what felt like an endless stream of dimsum until I fell into a dumplings induced coma. ⠀
Plum Valley is one of my faves for this in London; it’s consistently tasty and I always leave happy. The salt egg custard buns are a must.”
“Hotpot is one of those meals where it is about so much more than just food. It’s a celebration and a time for everyone to get together around the watering hole; quite literally. ⠀
Though the concept is not new to Chinatown, Hot Pot London is and they’re doing it justice.”
“Dumplings are my ultimate comfort food and Jens Cafe is my spot for it. Made fresh to order on what amounts to be little more than a window still, it’s basically a meal and a show.⠀ ⠀
Soy sauce and vinegar are staples but load up on chilli oil for that extra kick to elevate the experience.” ⠀
“Noodles basically define my childhood; breakfast, lunch, dinner, there was never a bad time for them and I certainly wasn’t complaining. Soup, dry, hot, cold, it didn’t matter; just keep them coming. ⠀
In Chinatown, my go-to is Joy Luck where the Wuhan hot dry noodles are my jam (that sesame sauce is CRAZY addictive) but the knife-cut noodles are also banging.”
“The many bakeries of Chinatown are the unsung heroes and for me, no visit to the area is complete without popping into one for a cheeky snack for the journey home.⠀
One of my faves is Bake where the custard buns are always a dream but you come here for one thing above all else; a Taiyaki Fish cone matcha soft serve. ⠀
Though not traditionally Chinese, it has very much been adopted by the locals and for good reasons; its taaaaasty.”