The Chinese Laundry Room is owned and run by chef duo Peiran Gong and Tongtong Ren. The pair bring their rendition of Chinese family food and lesser known delicacies from their native China to North London. The restaurant (which opened in November 2015) offers London’s first all day Chinese breakfast and brunch, alongside a separate dinner menu (but, you know, breakfast and brunch!)
With the aim to reinvent their own perception of Chinese cuisine, Peiran and Tongtong pay homepage to dishes best remembered from their childhoods. Both were heavily involved in food from a young age; Peiran grew up in a coastal town in Northeast China and was taught by her father to fish and forage ingredients. Such lessons led to her firm understanding of the importance of fresh, locally sourced produce. Tongtong was taught traditional Chinese cooking skills by her parents, and combined with her interest in preserving food via curing, smoking, pickling and fermenting methods, this has allowed the duo to create a menu using the best of British ingredients, while bringing originality to the London dining scene.
To top it off, the restaurant’s ethos is ‘zero waste’, which is the ethos of Chinese home cooking. This works well, as it’s unlikely you’ll be leaving any food on your plate! Another Milky Little Bun, anyone?
Breakfast London’s Favourite: Cong You Bing with Bacon and Egg