Under the gazebo with Dumplings by Paula - down at Walthamstow Hoe Street Market. Paula runs dumpling making classes so doesn't trade full time and this is her 5th ever market; currently working out where her business is going before fully committing (street food is no easy side-hustle).
Routes: A Geordie Hakka / trained mechanical engineer turned Hong Kong banker (en route working as a tour guide, selling oil, and starting a jewellery making business) Paula's routes spread like rivers. The youngest of eight girls, born and bred in Newcastle, she studied engineering in Manchester and after studying her dad bought her a one-way ticket to Hong Kong where she dabbled in the finance world for 7 years, then took redundancy and moved to London in 2013.
Roots: Originally a Hakka Chinese, Paula's Dad migrated here in the 60's and set up two restaurants (one torn down to build flats) the other was the first Peking/Sichuan restaurant in the UK in the 80's. She would help out as a kid like lots of Chinese families - making and eating dumplings as long as she can remember.
Fruits: After moving to London, Paula realised how much she missed her mum and dad's cooking so started making dumplings herself. Also realised how lonely it could be! Dim sum making was originally a social affair- extended fam would gather together ahead of festivals and make and eat dumplings together all day. On New Years Eve, Paula would invite friends round to make and eat dumplings - realised how popular it was and now turned it into a business (with dumpling classes are every Saturday) - and she's now booked up till past xmas!)