|Ham and Emmental Gallette|
|Banana and Nutella Crepe|
While I reckon I can easily turn out pretty solid pancakes/crepes at home, I can't say the same for steamed dim sum style dumplings. Step in Nan Bei. I stood and admired the chopstick dexterity of the proprietor, shaping perfect little dumplings at an impressive rate of knots, while I decided what to order.
Stumped, I asked for a mix-up of 6 steamed dumplings. They took about a minute to arrive. A bunch of condiments - soy, vinegar, garlic, chilli and ginger oils and chopped scallions and coriander are on the counter for you to help yourself to in the interest of pepping up your dumplings. I bunged a bit of all of them on.
Let me tell you, these are the business, plumptious little treats as they are. The dough is toothsome but yielding, and wonderfully slippery; the fillings taste clean, fresh and vibrant. I think the pork and cabbage was best, although the beef one was great too. £3.50 for 6 dumplings just about felt ok, although it's more of a hearty snack than a full lunch. I'm giving them a pass on this as they were delicious, and something quite different to anything else in the market. They've got an interesting sounding selection of teas too. Next time. 8/10.
There you have it; Grainger Market continues to surprise and impress. Now, if they could just sort out some weeknight opening hours that would let me get there at any other time than a Saturday...
La Petite Creperie, Unit 166 Grainger Market.
Nan Bei, Unit 62 Grainger Market