Chop Chop, the Edinburgh-based Chinese restaurant chain, is to hit the expansion trail, with plans to open at least ten new restaurants across the UK over the next three years.

The company, which is led by chief executive Roy King, currently operates two restaurants in Edinburgh — one in Haymarket and a newly-opened Leith Waterfront site.

Owner King said he was looking for restaurants capable of seating between 80 and 120 diners in towns and cities of at least 250,000.

King said: “We’re looking at Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham in the north and Midlands, several in London and possibly units in Bristol and Brighton.”

A factory is set open in Edinburgh to supply the new restaurants with food based on the cooking of north-east China, particularly the Jilin province, which is known for its boiled and fried dumplings. Mr King’s wife, Jian Wang, oversees the culinary side of the business.

The couple also operate Jian’s Dumplings, which supplies Sainsbury’s and Chinese supermarkets.