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Whoever said you have to go
to Chinatown to get good
dumplings has obviously
never been to New Shanghai in Chats-
wood Chase -- a noodle and dumpling
house in the trendy shopping centre
that delivers traditional Chinese dump-
lings of all shapes and avours.
e third restaurant in a chain that
started life in Ash eld, New Shanghai
Chatswood Chase makes a striking
appearance from the minute you walk
in. e wooden tables, red lacquered
wooden chairs and rustic iron pieces
lend the perfect ambiance. Peeking
through a wall of glass and teetering
bamboo steamers, you see the many
chefs at work, pinching and folding
dumplings into place, concocting
broths and deep frying crispy treats like
so shell crabs. It adds a sense of theat-
ricality to your meal.
It's lunch time and the restaurant
is chock-a-block with customers -- a
queue forming out the door. We get
escorted to a table and service is im-
mediately brisk, with a waitress deliver-
ing a scroll parchment that reveals the
We've been hearing about the
dumplings for so long , ordering them is
a no brainer. Perfectly pleated xiao long
bao arrive, stacked in a row inside the
bamboo steamer basket and they are as
succulent as they look.
e pan-fried pork dumplings - also
a house specialty - are steamed then
pan-fried, delivering a delicious texture.
e pork mince is moist and fragrant
and a juicy hot soup gushes out with
each bite making them not only deli-
cious but a little dangerous (danger-
ously hot, that is).
e deep fried blue swimmer crab
coated with egg yolk is superb, crisp
and a little salty, cutting through the
sweetness of the crab meat.
We also try the salt and pepper
prawns, the crisp batter delivering a
nice crunch with each bite and the
prawn meat so and tender within.
If you thought you couldn't get great
food at a restaurant in a food court,
think again -- New Shanghai ser ves
up tasty traditional dishes in a comfy
environment with the servings large
enough to share.
A great place for a catch-up meal
with a group of friends.
xiao long bao
Dumplings a-go-go. Chinese food never tasted so good...
New Shanghai Chinese
Lower Ground Level,
Chatswood Chase Food Court
P: (02) 9412 3358
The dumplings are to die for at New Shanghai.
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