It’s six years since I left my expat life in China, and three years since I last visited Hong Kong, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out on Chinese food. Look at these photos to see how lucky I am to live in Marylebone, where my current favourite Chinese restaurant is Bright Courtyard on Baker Street.
First up, Shanghai dumplings or xiaolongbao. Learn from my mistakes: pick them up with chopsticks if you like, but don’t forget to support them with a spoon to stop all the hot soup dribbling out when you bite into them.
I don’t think there’s any graceful way to eat the next dish, but I do know four ways to order it in London. Just ask for Chinese broccoli (English) or jielan (Mandarin) or gailan (Cantonese). Or do what I did last week – keep your receipt from your last visit and show it to the waiter.
Final lesson from my mistakes – cut the prawn cheung fen into sections – much easier to manage, and less likely to slip and slide out of your grasp on to the white tablecloth.