Support Ugly Dumpling

by Ugly Dumpling in London, England, United Kingdom

Support Ugly Dumpling

Total raised £1,815

raised so far



During these horrible times we are looking to the future, for when this pandemic is over - like everyone we want to get back to normal!

by Ugly Dumpling in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th July 2020 we'd raised £1,805 with 20 supporters in 93 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

Ugly Dumpling is a global fusion dumpling restaurant in Carnaby founded by Ping, Panos and Philipp in July 2017. It is closely related to the street food business called The Ugly Dumplings.

Our story - Street Food

Ping founded The Ugly Dumplings street food stall in December 2015.

Since then, The Ugly Dumplings have been invited to participate in a number of high-profile street food markets, namely The Partridge’s Market at Duke of York Square in Chelsea, Cardinal Place in Victoria and St. James’ Piccadilly as well as Carnaby Street Eat and Primrose Hill festivals, both of which required serving over a thousand customers in a day.

‘From Asian street snack to easy dining experience’

Ping joined forces with Philipp to what they both believed was the next logical step – establishing a sit-down casual dining brand that primarily focused on dumplings. 

Head Chef Andrew Mead was brought in to expand the menu from Asian fusion to what we call global fusion. We tested hundreds of combinations to see what filling works within a pan-fried dumpling, and we never stopped! 

Side dishes were carefully selected to accompany our delicious dumplings.

With time, Andrew moved to South Africa and opened a wonderful cafe with his wife, and was replaced as a gourmet chef-consultant by his close friend and colleague Emilian Craciun, a former MasterChef contestant that keeps adding his knowledge, experience and significant amounts of his artistic flair to our concept.

Why fundraise?

During the crisis we are keeping busy delivering frozen dumplings throughout the capital, we are also looking forward to getting back to normal. Hence, we have decided to offer gift vouchers which will be valid to be claimed when Ugly Dumpling is back up and running (when it is safe to do so).

In the meanwhile

If you don't feel like buying a voucher for the future (as the future is very uncertain), think about supporting us by ordering frozen dumplings - all the details can be found on our Instagram

Thank you all for your magnificent support!

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This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Dinner date for two (save 35%)

Enjoy a dumpling feast for two, share two dumpling platters of your choice, two side dishes, followed by dessert platter with a bottle of wine of your choice.

£25 or more

£25 voucher

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with a £25 voucher to be spent at the restaurant once we reopen.

£50 or more

£50 voucher

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a £50 voucher to be spent at the restaurant once we reopen.

£100 or more

£100 voucher

Pledge £100 today and we'll reward you with a £100 voucher to be spent at the restaurant once we reopen.

£200 or more

Dumpling Party Voucher (Food Only)

Spend £200 and get £250 to spend at Ugly Dumpling on food only. Bring your friends and have a proper dumpling feast!

£500 or more

Invent a new dumpling with our executive chef

Our Executive Chef Emilian sometimes feels lonely when he is busy inventing new dumpling flavours. Join him and go through the whole testing process, until your dumpling makes it to the menu as a special. We will name your dumpling after you and see how it performs and either rotate it as a special from time to time, or it may even become a permanent item on the menu! We will also throw in a 10% lifetime discount for you at our restaurant.

£50 or more

Dumpling Masterclass with Ping

Take part in a dumpling making masterclass with our Co-Founder, Ping. Learn to make dumpling dough from scratch, making filling (meaty/vegetarian) and how to wrap and cook them. Date to be confirmed as the pandemic situation develops. Class includes all ingredients (you can take your dumplings home or eat them on the spot).

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