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February 19, 2015
The dumplings that built and empire.
The dumplings that built and empire.

Chop Chop Chinese restaurants have announced that their first Glasgow branch will open on Mitchell Street on Monday 2nd March.

The idea was first mooted in 2011 but, after many delays, Glasgow diners will finally have the chance to sink their teeth into Jian Wang’s north eastern Chinese dishes in a couple of weeks.

The expansion into Glasgow comes after Chop Chop moved out of their Leith premises and raised nearly £200,000 through crowdfunding last year.

AA Rosette

The original Morrison Street restaurant in Edinburgh, proud holder of an AA Rosette, is still packing them in after a refurb.

While the Morrison Street branch has an informal canteen feel, the new Glasgow branch promises a rather more sumptuous décor that brings the outside into the restaurant.

A cherry blossom tree is among the more unusual design features said to be on the menu.

The Chop Chop restaurants are the baby of Jian Wang and husband Roy King. Since opening in 2006, Chop Chop has won fans by serving Chinese food which is quite unlike anything else in Scotland.

Dumpling signature dish

Gordon Ramsay and Jian Wang of Chop Chop.
Gordon Ramsay and Jian Wang of Chop Chop.

Their trademark fried and boiled dumplings are Chop Chop’s signature dish but the extensive menus have so much more to offer.

Aubergines, pan-fried with garlic and spring onions; barbequed lamb with cumin seeds and the cucumber salad all come highly recommended by this scribbler for 5pm Dining.

New dishes which have recently been added to the repertoire include deep-fried coley in a black bean sauce; stir-fried beef with red peppers and fried potatoes spiced with chilli, pepper and cumin.

Chop Chop came to national prominence in 2009 when the restaurant made it to the finals in the Chinese category of Gordon Ramsay’s F Word show.

More recently, Jian Wang has been demonstrating her dishes on the new STV Edinburgh channel.

Click here to see Jian showing the presenters of The Fountainbridge Show how to create her stir fry beef with peppers at home.