New Shanghai, Ashfield
It has certainly has been a very long time since my last visit to New Shanghai, which is right next door to the Shanghai Nights – one of my favourite dumpling places in Sydney. It was a family dinner and I suggested this place. It was a busy Saturday evening, thankfully it wasn’t a long wait – 5 minutes or so, which isn’t too bad.
We started with the steamed oysters with vermicelli, fried onions, shallots and XO sauce ($3.80 each). I love XO sauce and I love steamed oysters so these were superb! The oysters are deliciously huge, plump and oh so wonderful.
New Shanghai pan-fried pork bun ($8.80). Slightly pan-fried and sprinkled with black sesame seed, these pork bun are absolutely fantastic! I forgot how ‘juicy’ they were! Explosive and hazardous! I think we all squirted the juice across the table.
The famous xiao long boa ($6.80), my favourite. I had to make sure that they were cool before popping the whole thing in my mouth. The broth sweet and flavoursome and eaten with vinegar and chili – scrumptiously good!
The deep fried yellow croaker with sweet and sour sauce ($22.80) with generous servings of prawns was another favourite of ours. The crispy skin, the fish was tender and succulent and I love the sweet and sour sauce.
My brother F couldn’t go past the deep fried crab with yolk of salt egg. I love yolk of salt egg, the saltiness, the creaminess, oh so addictive! The crab itself I thought was ordinary, a little dry and not so juicy, but its the sauce that I love.
Can you believe that the week after, my brother, F, wanted to go back? So we did… Round two!
We had originally wanted to try Shanghai Night but that was uber busy that we went back to New Shanghai.
Deep fried dumplings pork and coriander ($8.80) were good but I definitely prefer the xiao long bau or the pan-fried dumplings. The skin I thought was a little thick and not so very juicy.
Deep fried bean curd coated with salted duck egg yolk ($13.80), similar to the crab, I think we can all safely say that this was probably better than the crab. More enjoyable and easier to eat. The pastry crispy and the tofu, soft and melted in your mouth. Not only that, but salted duck egg yolk – doubly YUM!
It just occurred to me that we ordered everything deep fried! It was good though and I have to say, we did order well! Two weeks in a row, can we make it three weeks in a row? F probably could, but I definitely need something different!
I love family gathering, family dinner, no doubt I really enjoyed this one!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
273 Liverpool Road
Ph: +61 2 9797 7274