Back in the days before the restaurants and before we had kids we used to invite friends round to our flat in Hackney for dumplings, rolling them together, sometimes with good sake, always with good music - three of our great loves. That was the beginning of our grass roots journey and unleashing My Neighbours the Dumplings into the world and here is our story.
We started with a weekly pop-up held above a grocery store on Lower Clapton road. In those early days we were joined by Carol Lee, now our Head Dumpling chef, who brought a certain class to this starry-eyed operation, rolling faster and better than we ever had! After feeling a buzz gather around our humble pop up, we threw caution to the wind and opened our first Dumpling House on the same road back in 2016. Exactly one month after opening, our very own little dumpling was born - Matilda - who’s baby clothes you can still see hanging on a washing line above the pass in Clapton. So when we opened our basement Sake bar - complete with tiny stage for live music nights - later that year we decided to call it Matilda’s.
As soon as we opened in Clapton we were joined by Trung Nguyen, a young chef still finding his way, drawn by the detail of dim sum. Over the years he has raised the game for us, keeping us all on our toes by heading off to do a stint here and there in Cory Lee’s restaurants in San Francisco - no small wonder then, that he is now our executive chef, always pushing My Neighbours the Dumplings forward… and so our dumpling family grows.
In 2019 we opened our second restaurant in Victoria Park Village, serving a slightly different menu but retaining the ethos of making all our dishes in-house using only the best ingredients. It was in Victoria Park that we finally created a dedicated dumpling kitchen, which just so happens to be in the window for passers by to get a glimpse of their busy hands in action. Each day you’ll see them sharing the hard work of hand crafting each delicate parcel, carefully wrapping the delicious filling with care and precision. They say you can taste love through food and we believe there is no better way to share our heart and dedication than through our humble little dumplings.
With both restaurants in full flight and shooting for the stars, we were shook to the core in early 2020 when the global pandemic reached our shores and slammed its brakes on life as we knew it. But with a bob and a weave and a duck and a dive, we were not prepared to go quietly into the night; we took a different route to get our dumplings out there to you and this time right into the comfort of your own home, by launching the first range of restaurant quality frozen dumplings, condiments and meal kits. And now that we think about it, making it all the easier to share the dumpling love with you all, which is what we originally set out to do. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
My Neighbours the Dumplings is a family run Chinese dumpling house and Sake bar. We specialise in hand made dumplings, rolled fresh everyday by our expert Dumpling Team in the window of our Victoria Park restaurant. Although we are not strictly a Dim Sum restaurant, we follow the Dim Sum style of eating; lots of small dishes that are shared amongst the table.
We choose only quality ingredients for all our dishes and we make everything fresh on site everyday, to make sure it tastes as good as it can!
All our meat is free range, sourced from Taste Tradition farms in Yorkshire. Our fish is sustainably sourced and our prawns are sourced from Ecuador through Chan Brothers - specialists in Dim Sum quality prawns. Where possible fresh produce is sourced from the UK, specialist ingredients are often sourced from China and East/ South East Asia.
Alongside our dishes we serve a great selection of drinks. Our wines are all organic and sourced from small scale producers in Europe through Modal Wines. We have a great range of sake supplied by Tengu Sake, who sources sake from small family run breweries in Japan. We have a regularly changing cocktail list where we play around with Asian flavours and we stock premium Japanese whiskies, Shochu and Awamori. We also serve a great range of Chinese teas all sourced directly from China and Taiwan.
To feed dumplings to you all
Small, humble yet full of flavour.
Made with busy hands, honest eyes, an open mind and
a cheeky grin.
We bring people together from all walks of life with one shared love of dumplings.