Hing Lee, Shad Thames

We had often found ourselves in Shad Thames looking for something to eat, and generally resorted to nearby Bermondsey Street since the offer in the riverfront  (except the Blue Print cafe that is) seems overpriced and touristic to us at least.

Last autumn, however, we decided to follow the locals to what we originally thought to be a Chinese take away place.

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Aubergine with beancurd and Prawn hot pot

Hing Lee has just a hand full of tables as it does seem to mainly provide delicious take away food to the neighbourhood; yet we managed to grab one of the tables and eat in we did.

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Roasted Duck with Chinese Mushrooms and Baby Sweetcorn

Authentic Chinese food with fresh ingredients is “on tap” in their kitchen and the super friendly staff seem to know at least 80% of those walking though the door . In a town like London where the food offer is so varied, keeping regular customers must be a challenge but I am not at all surprised that these team does manage to keep people coming for more.

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Mixed seafood crispy noodles

As a beancurd and aubergine fan, my favourite dish of that first visit was the hot pot , and I must admit that since, i have ordered it to take away a couple of time after Private Viewings at Anise Gallery.

Photographs by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate
Text by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate

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