National Dumpling Day: Chinatown restaurants to give away 2,000 free dumplings

A handful of much-loved restaurants are taking part

Updated on 09 September 2019 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

National Dumpling Day: Chinatown restaurants to give away 2,000 free dumplings

In celebration of National Dumpling Day, it has been revealed that a number of Chinatown restaurants will be giving away a total of 2,000 free dumplings to hungry Londoners.

The annual day dedicated to the springy, delicious parcels which are a staple of Chinese cuisine takes place on Thursday 26 September. To mark the occasion, Chinatown has announced that 10 of its restaurants will be giving away 2,000 dumplings to celebrate.

The offering will feature both sweet and savoury dumplings, some of which are inspired by the traditional likes of gyoza and xiao long bao, and others which take a more contemporary approach.

If you’re wondering how to claim your free dumpling at each restaurant, it’s really quite a simple affair. Simply turn up to Chinatown on Thursday 26 September (the nearest tube station is Leicester Square), find a participating restaurant and ask for the specific dumpling they’re offering for the big day. You’ll then be able to enjoy your sweet or savoury treat entirely free of charge, before moving on to the next place on your list.

For the full list of participating Chinatown restaurants and what type of dumpling they’ll be serving, see below:

National Dumpling Day London: Participating Chinatown restaurants

Leong’s Legend

What: Taiwanese-leaning Leong’s will be handing out spicy won tons
Where: 4 Macclesfield Street, W1D 6AX

Rasa Sayang

What: Pocket-friendly Rasa Sayang is giving away homemade fried chicken won tons
Where: 5 Macclesfield Street, W1D 6AY

Dumplings’ Legend

What: New-wave Chinatown café Dumplings’ Legend will be serving up a truffle pork xiao long bao.
Where: 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE

Orient London

What: Everything is better deep-fried, which is why Orient London is giving out deep-fried prawn dumplings.
Where: 15 Wardour Street, W1D 6PH

Bun House

What: Bun House is keeping it sweet with traditional custard buns
26-27 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA

Shanghai Modern

What: At Shanghai Modern, diners can choose between pan-fried chicken dumplings and pan-fried vegetable dumplings.
Where: 12 Newport Place, WC2H 7JP


What: Cheekily named Ichibuns is dishing out mushroom and jicama gyoza. 
Where: 22 Wardour Street, W1D 6QH

New China

What: Visitors to New China will be able to get their hands on grilled pork jiaozi.
Where: 48 Gerrard Street, W1D 5QL


What: Korean barbecue restaurant Olle will be turning out Korean beef mandu.
Where: 86-88 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6NH


What: This ice cream sandwich joint will serve dumpling-shaped macarons filled with black sesame ganache.
24 Rupert Street, W1D 6DQ

If your love for dim sum doesn’t stop at just dumplings, check out our pick of the best dim sum restaurants in London