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More than just dumplings at Taste of Shanghai, Sydney

You would think that after spending 10 months plus in Hong Kong, I would be sick of Chinese food. Alas, no, I love Chinese food, especially when it comes to dumplings and xiao long bau, I, personally cannot resist?

Taste of Shanghai in World Square is the newest out of the three, the original being in Ashfield, followed by Eastwood. I have been to the Ashfield and Eastwood branch many many times and although out of the two, I still do think that the Ashfield branch is infinitely better.

‘The Mother’ and I thought we would invite the family, and catch up. We got there early, so didn’t have to wait too long. They left all the ordering to me, which in a way is a good thing AND a bad thing! My brother had a couple of requests but everyone else weren’t too fazed as long as there was food.

We started with the prawn, and pork belly in bamboo shoot. This dish was deliciously spicy and the combination of prawn and pork belly was fantastic. The pork belly was thinly sliced and fatty, and the prawns were a great compliment. The photo below does not do justice on how generous the serving was, it was like a bottomless pit.

The garlic bamboo chicken was another great dish. The chicken was lightly battered and deep fried, it was tender and served with a generous amount of fried garlic. The chili gave it a nice kick.

Yangzhou fried rice served with ham, prawns, peas and egg was also tasty. It was a little salty for my liking, but the diners seemed to have enjoyed it.

Shallot pancakes wasn’t as flaky or thin as I have hoped, it was thick, firm and extremely filling. It was good, but I do prefer my shallot pancakes thin.

Next came Sheng Jian Bao (pan fried dumplings), we ordered two servings of this, and I made sure that I waited a good 15 minutes before eating them. I was afraid, and rightly so, that they were going to be too hot, and I was right. They were still hot after 15 minutes, and as I took a bite into these fluffy, soft Sheng Jian Bao, a ‘generous’ amount of ‘juice’ squirted out of my bao and landed all over the table near my mother. I was embarrassed but was glad to know that I wasn’t the only klutz that did that! These Sheng Jian Bao were seriously good, if they weren’t so filling I could have easily eaten a dozen on my own!

Last but not least, xiao long bao, again we ordered two servings of this. If you think we have ordered too much, we did! This is what happens when you leave the ordering to me, you will never get hungry.

I was a little disappointed with these xiao long bao, they had delicate thin pastry, which I liked and incredibly juicy, however, I found them a little too salty for my liking. I thought the filling might have been the same as the pan fried dumplings (Sheng Jian Bao) but unfortunately they weren’t. I still do prefer the xiao long bao from Din Tai Fung. It’s a shame, because I was really looking forward to them.

This third branch is a little fancier and newer and being in World Square I can see why one has to queue during peak hour. Come early and avoid the rush and order the prawn and pork belly in bamboo shoot and the Sheng Jian Bao, you will not be disappointed.

It was great catching up the family, even though I did manage to catch up with my family 4 times in the space of 10 months, I still missed them dearly.

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Taste of Shanghai

Shop 9.07, World Square,

644 George Street

Sydney, Australia

Ph: +61 2 92618832

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