It's been a while since dim sum in Chinatown. My previous favourite place being Top of the town which unfortunately closed at the start of the year. Dumpling Legends just opposite looks promising, but I can't stomach the prices and the fact I usually see very few chinese people eating there. However that is starting to change, so maybe it's good now.
Anyway the search was on for a replacement and a friend suggested this place or Joy King Lau for good dim sum. The decision was difficult, but eventually we settled on Young Cheng this time.
There is another restaurant on Shaftesbury avenue with the same name and similar storefront. However the insides of both are widely different. This branch does dim sum, and looks a lot busier, cleaner and professional than the other. Service is quick and efficient. Ordering dim sum as simple as looking at a picture, taking down the number and marking that on carbon paper. Not a word need be spoken (apart from requesting extra chilli of course!)
The dim sum was great. Nothing spectacular here. But all filling, tasty and well portioned. The chilli oil mixed with chilli sauce was especially delish. It was just the right amount of spice and complimented the steamed dim sum perfectly. One standout dish was the chicken's feet. The sauce was fantastic. Get this is you want something a little off the beaten track.
To to recap, great service, great food, nice atmosphere, good value, perfect portions. For two people, 8-9 dishes is close to the sweet spot in terms of portioning. This will set you back about £24-28 incl. service and the obligatory tea of course.
I'm next to try Joy King Lau, but at present, this will be my regular joint for the forseeable future.
Mum always told me that the best way to spot a good Chinese restaurant was to see if Chinese people were eating there. Well, tried that this time, and worked pretty well. The fact that they had huge DIM SUM stickers on the front helped aswell :3
So yup, Young Cheng actually looks like every random Chinese restaurant you'll see, with the same kind of menu. My friend and I went for some of the "safe" choices, our Chinese being limited.
Note that dishes here are served like they would do in China; they are served collectively in the middle of the table and not individually. Hence the wierd face of one of the waiters when insisitng that the dim sum was mine (MY DIM SUM).
The food was super yum yum - friend went for sweet and sour chicken, and I went for a noodle soup on top of the dim sum. Tasty, generous, what I expected.
Lunch turned out at 15£ each with starter/main course/drinks
- Service was very average. No smiles, nearly hostile. Was it because we were noobs?
- Chinese ladies sitting next to us had a food orgy (without joking) - having about 7 different with tea and drinks, and paied less than 12£ each - leading me to suspect a different price grid on the menu written in Chinese.
Will probably go back, but then again... so many Chinese restaurants in China town to try!
One tupperware box. Filled to the brim. With roast duck. And crispy roast pork.
And a cup of sauce too.
It's the ultimate lazy dinner takeaway, with enough to feed 3 or 4 hungry mouths as long as you've got a pot of rice ready and some perhaps some veg. Don't just take my word for it, just spend a few minutes on Shaftesbury Ave and see how many people pop their head through the door here and place a takeaway box order. 3 minutes later with a plastic bag passed through the door they're on their way home with a succulent crunchy Chinatown dinner of fatty roast pork and duck.
I've never had stellar dim sum in China town, but they've all been edible and great place to catch up with my friends. (Chinese or otherwise, but mainly chinese. Oh god, , I hope I don't sound like a raging racist. Should I just stop talking now?)
Anyways, I actually planned to go imperial china, but I sneaked a peek next door whilst waiting for my mates in the F-UREEEEEZING cold and young cheng sells har gow and other usual pieces for a pound cheaper than imperial china. So that pretty much swung the vote.
I measure most place by two criteria. Har gow skin, and also the soup in the XLB. Both passed. The har gow skin wasthin, translucent and not too thick at the top. There was only a bit of soup in the XLB, it could've been better, but one of the better ones I've had in Chinatown. The custard bun was better than the charsiu bun, and thats rarely the case anywhere, so that was a bit weird. The other things were just okay. I didn't get MSG hangover so that's good. (What is up with those!)
I just wasn't wowed. But if you want a sound dim sum meal. This is pretty close.
We ordered a total of 17 dimsums between the 5 of us and the total came to £61. So about £13 pp which isn't cheap but it's reasonable.
This place is a small place but there's an upstairs space. It can't be the typical Dim Sum I'm used to in the US where there are carts because you can barely walk between the tables. The food was good anyway. The fried rice was fabulous. The service is efficient and polite. There were more Chinese than others so I feel it's a very good restaurant to go to for Dim Sum. When we left, there was a line.
Reasonable price. Might be the cheapest buffet in Chinatown. Went there twice within a month. The food is not 100% authentic Chinese, but good enough to feed some hungry stomachs. Sweet & sour pork is forever the true love of my life. Too much deep-fried food. Kinda greasy.
Although the food is better than average, avoid if you are opposed to shark's fin soup as the restaurant serves it. Service is poor even for Chinatown and check your bill as I was overcharged.
Can't say that we've ever had a bad meal here, in fact it's always been good. Prices are not extortionate and if you go the right time.you don't have to wait for a table. Hot food is always being replenished and staff constantly check if you need further drinks.
There is another branch on Shaftesbury, and, though either will give you great service, I think Shaftesbury a trifle dearer.
I was wandering down my secret foodie Chinatown street, Lisle Street, on Sunday, taking mental notes of new places and a few photos to go with previous reviews.
I peered through the window of Young Cheng when I spotted a few plates of Chinese suckling pig!! Yum yum, said my tum. It's rare to find suckling pig and I take full advantage when I see some for sale.
Supposedly discovered by a Chinese swineherd who accidentally set fire to his occupied pig-shed, Chinese suckling pig has the most divine moist sweet meat with an unmistakable layer of crisp skin, which will stay crispy for days. Not that it will last for days or even hours in my house!
I confirmed with the chef that they offer suckling pig here every Sunday and I left with my piggy booty to enjoy at home. I'll be back!
It would have been a four-star if I didn't break out in hives after I got home. The shrimp in the dimsum weren't that fresh and i'm pretty sensitive to that.
We went in late night just to have dimsum and although they were freshly steamed for you, they must have been previously cooked and left out at leave overnight for me to have broken out in hives.
Their dimsum menu was small but had some really good stuff, including the chive shrimp dumplings with clear skin, bbq pork bun, siu mai, etc. No chicken feet, to my sadness. The taste was authentic and yummy.
The service was a bit weird. 3-4 servers would be standing by the door talking and joking to each other the entire time, but they arent really attentive, though they will be there if you call them.
Again, good place and would have been one star higher if they food was fresher.
This place is great love dim sum this the place for u ,cheap prices , and waiters are friendly , and the portians are big ,
+ delicious, authentic food
+ fried frog legs, if you dare!
+ orange and red bean soup for dessert
- small and cramped venue
- another venue by the same name nearby
A friend invited me to dinner at Young Cheng on a Friday night. i made my own way there with the help of Google Map which led me to Shaftesbury Avenue. After 15 minutes of waiting I phoned up my friend wondering where they were, only to find out I was at the wrong restaurant! The Young Cheng they were seated in is on Lisle Street, two blocks away from the Young Cheng I was standing in front of on Shaftesbury. Make sure you get the right one if you are meeting friends!
The restaurant is very cramped but that's not unusual for Chinese restaurants particularly in Chinatown of London. The six of us had six dishes plus rice and tea to share and finished with oranges and red bean soup dessert (as is traditional in good Chinese restaurants!) and the bill came to £13 a head - not bad for central London, although I would say portion size erred towards the small side.
I am never quite sure which Chinese restaurant to go to in Chinatown since there are so many, and the quality could be hit-or-miss since they tend to cater to tourist trade. However, I would recommend Young Cheng (on Lisle Street!) for their authentic food - give their fried frog legs a try if you are adventurous!
We went here around 10.30pm and they dont muck around. We placed our order, were thrown a couple of glasses of house red and the food was there just like that . First some gingered duck , rice and then came the starter of dumplings and then the deep fried squid with chilli and WOW. To be honest I cant remember the names of the dishes exactly because the waiter helped choose them and every time a dish came out it was a different waiter. I have to admit the food was delicious and it was only £31.
A traditional Chinese restaurant with great food and hurried staff . The best way to end a night of drinking .
I'm sorry to say it but as a Chinese American, London's Chinatown is all charm and no taste. Young Cheng is probably the best Chinese restaurant I've been to in my 4 month stay in London.
I came here on several occasions for dinner, lunch and dim sum. Each time, service was up to par and the quality of the food was consistent. While dim sum was expensive as compared to New York, I would definitely say it is Young Cheng's strong point. All the brunch favorites are there and even a few new things. I recommend the scallop cheungfun and the coconut pudding.
As for a lunch/dinner dish, try the Fuzhou fried rice (with asparagus and roasted duck).
This a one of our usual hang-out dinner place with friends as it offers good inexpensive food. It is a just under £10 for a dish each so if you have got 10 friends it will be 10 dishes with rice and dessert! Great deal! My favourites are sambal petai, fried fish and steam tofu!
It is always a good idea to make reservations during peak hours as it can get quite crowded! Nothing too fancy, just a great everyday place to have dinner!
Young Cheng in the heart of London's Chinatown has been on my radar for a few months ever since my Dad bought some superior take-away Cantonese BBQ there. I finally got round to eating at this restaurant the other week. I was going to order some three roasts noodles before another dish caught my eye.
Fuzhou fish ball ho fun in soup (£5.50) screamed out to me from the lunch menu and was begging to be ordered. However, I had some reservations owing to some bad fish ball experiences at HK Diner and Fuzhou Restaurant.
Thankfully, this bowl of noodles went someway in restoring my faith in the humble fish ball. After all, I could have no complaints about the generous helping of six puffy fish balls filled with ground pork complemented by slippery smooth ho fun noodles in a bowl of clean tasting broth.
The fish balls were reassuringly misshapen, which to me indicated that they were own-made but sadly they weren't that 'QQ' or springy. That said, the ground pork filling the defining feature of Fuzhou fish balls was juicy and flavoursome. The broth would've been a tad plain but for some fried garlic bits that ever so subtly gave it a lift.
I also bought a portion of take-away roast belly pork. This had nice crispy crackling and plenty of five-spice flavour. A winner and a bargain at £5.50; I'll be sure to return and sample the rest of their roast meats.
I visited the Lisle St branch of Young Cheng, there are a couple of others in Chinatown, and it's a bit of an 'all things to all people' kind of joint. At lunchtime, it serves dim sum and one-dish meals whilst the main à la carte selection includes Cantonese favourites of both the hard-core and tourist-friendly variety. In common with many Chinatown joints, service was fast and furious but without being too brusque.
Excellent dim sum. Even better when you consider it's good value as well. 10 pounds a head for a big spread for six people.
NEVER EAT HERE. This place doesn't even deserve a single star. It's awful - worst food I've tasted in China Town, or anywhere else for that matter, and the staff were so rude.
I don't expect much at a £5.95 all you can eat buffet - but I don't expect unwashed prawns (cooked in their entrails!), off food and buckets of rotten vegetables fermenting in the reception.
I refused to pay the service charge (very nicely) as we hadn't been served - I was met with a very angry Chinese woman who slammed the counter and swore viciously.
They also charge you extra if you leave too much on your plate, though what constitutes as "too much" I'm not sure.
This is definitely one of the better places to go in Chinatown especially a longer leisurely work lunch. Can usually average around 5-6 quid for a meal which makes it really good value. I usually get the pork chop mandarin style but there's this special dish that's not on the menu. It's with Char shiu over ho fun noodles w/ red bean sauce & a side of veg. You get the standard beef & vegetable soup to start and can kindly ask for a top up if you're with a group (approximately 4 ppl). Service can be a little abrupt but what do you expect from Chinatown.
I have been to this restaurant on many occasions and always try to take in at least one visit when I am in London.
The decor is basic, and the tables a bit cramped, but the service is good and friendly and the food is, well, magnificent. Having sampled the real thing in Hong Kong, the authenticity of the cuisine is attested to not only by me but the many Chinese who choose to eat there. What better recommendation is there?
I was there again on Saturday last, with a group of 4. We had a shared starter of roast crispy duck, pancakes and hoisin sauce, which was exquisite, followed by tiger prawns and rice, Singapore noodles, Char Siu pork, chicken in black bean and a couple of other dishes. With drinks, the bill for the 4 of us came to just over £80. It was terrific value for a superb meal.
I do recommend this place.
I never had any buffet deal and i hate buffet style food, but I often go to young cheng for my favourite crispy duck, rice and veg. Very good offer, very well priced and tasty. The most important- food it is not greasy. I have tried number of dishes there and there are ok. Not always tasted the same different chef different flavour but the food is good and reasonable. Service- a bit slow but I have my favourite 2 waitress that before I sit they serve me tea and ask if I want to order my regular food. So I do not have to waste my time. In regards to all authentic Chinese food lover I do recommend to travel to china where you get a proper food made from local ingredients, do not expect the same taste in London.
But any time i go there there is plenty of Chinese people sitting there and they seems to be happy with the food. I do recommend this place for good food and good prices.
Recently ate at the restaurant, with 3 friends, we had the buffet meal, After getting in the restaurant we sat at the table and decided on the buffet, however we asked about drinks and where shown a price list and they where very unreasonable, they added 10% charge per person per meal as a service charge, (what service)only told this after we had sat down, asked for water and was told that the tap water was 30p per glass, friend advised that its illegal to charge for tap water, employee stated that she didn't care and wasn't her problem. After getting food we inspected it and it was appalling the chicken was undercooked and oozing blood, and fluid as was the prawns, food was saturated in oil and tasteless, apart from the msg, we all agreed to leave after 1 small plate of food, we paid the bill and left, it was appalling, we advised people outside not to eat there and they thanked us and walked on! Reported to health and safety and trading standards
My friend and her family came here for dinner one night, it's two floors. I hope I'm reviewing the right Young Cheng, this one isn't a "hole in the wall" so I am crossing my fingers it's correct! There is the regular menu with english and then there's also a full chinese one. Some of the things we ordered were clams, crabs, some fish dish with pieces of fish, some greens, chicken, and they also bring you oranges and dessert soup (red bean) at the end. The meal was decent, clams were so spicy! but very nice. The fish was great, I loved it. I'm still "meh" about chinatown food though in London, it just doesn't come up to par as all the Asian food I've eaten elsewhere =/ The red bean soup was not very good, oranges were quite sour. BIll came up to be a little over 100 pounds. It's a very pretty restaurant I must say, and they speak cantonese and mandarin. The servers are not bad looking either. Haha. And they change your plates!
Have been to this place with a friend on a number of occasions, each time having a great meal from the set menu & sometimes even getting a free beer chucked in. Have tried other Chinese restaurants in the area, but have gone back to Young Cheng a fare few times as other restaurants don't compare in price or taste. Defiantly 1 of my favourite Chinese restaurants.
Dim Sum menu is not long but the quality is surpringsingly good. I managed to spend under a tenner for my lunch and left with determination to visit again soon. Service is above average, which is kinda rare in Chinatown. I didn't feel awkward as a lone diner.
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