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Review - New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant



Journey from a food-court into the dark, moody street-scape of a 1930s Shanghai movie set...



...with cobblestones, old poster ads, a cast iron and wood gate and a blood red glow from a tempting private dining room.



Watch live dumpling theatre where white-clad women in clinical masks pleat dumplings with precision.



The signature Pan Fried Pork Buns ($9.20/8 pieces) are fluffy with pan-crisped golden bottoms and moist, tender pork filling. Beware the explosive hot broth they contain; best tempered with a small squirt of vinegar then eaten with care.



Our efficient waitress looks askance when we order the Braised Beef with Cold Noodle ($9). Cold noodles are one way the Chinese conquer extreme temperatures. These come with a peanut butter and vinegar sauce that owner John Chen explains is “one of the all time favourite sauces in Shanghai”.



It springs up in a lot of dishes, with a sesame nut version on the popular Shepherd’s Purse and Pork Wontons ($9.80/10 pieces).



Stir Fried Spinach With Garlic ($9.80) provides a bit of welcome relief from a salty, filling plate of Deep Fried Prawns in Salted Egg Yolk ($22.80). The almost sandy texture makes a Tsing Tao Beer ($7) welcome.



It’s challenging food for the Western palate, but the brave are rewarded handsomely.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
Lower Ground, Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Ph: (02) 9412 3358

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ext_239306
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
looks great
Haven't been here, but food and especially decor looks great.
missdissent
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Re: looks great
Total movie set!
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