To start off the new week, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Copenhagen with you. I’ve only recently gotten a bit more into Chinese food beyond the take-out classics – although you’ll never convince me that fried rice and those little deep-fried spring rolls aren’t the best thing since sliced bread!
A couple of years ago, friends (who have since sadly moved to the US) introduced me to Magasasa, a relatively unassuming little place right behind the central station. It’s one of those places that you either stumble upon by chance or have someone take you to – but it’s really good! It’s also always filled with Chinese patrons, which I’m reading as a testament to the authenticity of the food – I know I’m really picky when it comes to my German classics, so if I would frequent a German restaurant abroad, it’d have to be really good!
Last year, Magasasa opened a new place, Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails, only a couple of minutes’ walk away in the Meatpacking District. This restaurant specializes in dim sum of all varieties alongside exotic and unusual cocktails.
The locale itself is no-fuss, with the typical white-tiled rooms and long window fronts you’ll find all around the Meatpacking District. It doesn’t go overboard with kitschy decorations that you often find in Chinese restaurants in Europe. Like its “bigger brother”, Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails is also very popular among the Chinese population in Copenhagen – when I had lunch there with the boyfriend, we were the only Europeans (until about 10 min before we left, when a Danish family came in).
On the menu, you’ll find all the classics: steamed and pan-fried dumplings, fried buns, spring rolls, Cheung Fun (steamed rice noodle rolls), and my personal favorite, Cha Siu Bao (steamed buns with barbecue pork). They also serve soups and noodle dishes.
I was in charge of ordering, and as per usual, I went slightly overboard.
You absolutely must order these duck confit spring rolls – they are totally amazing!
Cheung Fun definitely look weird (and are quite tricky to eat!), but they taste soooo good!
Of course, we also had to have some classic steamed dim sums, served in the typical little wooden baskets.
The different dim sums cost between 40 and 58 DKK. You should plan 2-3 servings per person – but if you, like me, tend to over-order (my mom used to say my eyes are bigger than my stomach), they’ll be happy to make you a little doggie bag to take home.
Have you been to Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails? Or do you have any other preferred dim sum restaurants? Any suggestions for the best Bao in Copenhagen are also welcome in the comments below!
Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails – Flæsketorvet 54-56, 1711 Copenhagen – magasasa.dk
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.