Walking through Chinatown, you could walk right past Chuan Chuan Xiang without even blinking, or without even noticing that there's a restaurant there at all. In fact, if you've been to Chinatown, you probably already have.
Chuan Chuan Xiang is an unassuming, quaint little shopfront that sells specialty street food from China and Taiwan. The shop itself is no bigger than a glorified closet, and there's space enough for only one customer at a time once inside. Hence, Chuan Chuan Xiang is strictly takeaway, specialising in hot pot, skewers, cold noodles, and, my personal favourite, baozis.
Owned by their bigger next door neighbour the Baozi Inn, you'll see the shop's sole employee running back and forth between the two shops to stock up, and for good reason. There's always a little crowd of people in the know, waiting outside Chuan Chuan Xiang for the clock to strike noon so that they can pounce on the delicately delicious offerings they sling out.For as delicate as their food looks, it's seriously filling. I'm definitely not shy when it comes to food, and one of their pork buns fills me up like any proper meal would, which is a feat in and of itself.
If the food itself doesn't draw you in (which, I guarantee it will), the prices will for sure. One of their pork baozi, a complete meal by itself really, will only set you back £2! I'm not sure if there's any other place in Soho, let alone London that you can get a proper lunch for that cheap (and if you do know of a place, let me know...I'm always looking for a tasty bargain!). While the baozis are the cheapest thing on their menu (and the cheapest steamed pork buns in all of Chinatown), their other menu items never go above £4 an item, so Chuan Chuan Xiang is definitely a treasure trove for the hungry bargain hunter.