Whether you’re a pork lover, seafood fanatic or a passionate vegetarian, the recently renovated New Shanghai in Ashfield brings the best of Shanghai-style cuisine to Sydney and it’s damn good tucker (I can still call it tucker even though it’s Chinese food) away from the CBD.
Sydney’s suburbs provide unusually rich pickings for intrepid foodies keen on traipsing away from the CBD and New Shanghai is no exception. The breadth of the menu can be a little daunting with a huge array of food to choose from so my companion and I asked the waiter to bring us a selection of dishes regular New Shanghai customers loved. He promised and certainly delivered as we were brought twelve dishes.
For pork diehards, the panfried pork dumplings were pure pleasure – thick doughy batter and moist, tender pork suspended in a gorgeous consommé. What makes this dish is the way you eat it. Firstly take a little bite and suck out the consommé. Once you drain that, you ever so classily gobble the dumpling down in one go.
If you’re keen on seafood, a good bet is the crab wonton soup – a thick broth filled with a mixture of sweet and peppery flavours makes for a flavoursome combination.
And for the vegetarians, you absolutely without question must try the stir-fried eggplant in garlic sauce.
This dish was sensational – the taste of it akin to a mixture of honey chicken and beef in black-bean sauce but obviously without the chicken or the beef. Sounds strange for vegetables I know but the flavours exploded on the palate and it was my favourite dish.
And finally for the dessert lovers – mini sticky rice balls in Chinese dessert rice wine soup. A sweet, sticky consommé filled with delightfully gooey rice balls and goji berries makes for a delightfully sweet end to the meal.
If you love good Chinese food, then New Shanghai is well worth the trek to Ashfield.
For reservations and menus head to newshanghai.com.au or call (02) 9797 7284.
(Branches also in Chatswood and Bondi Junction)