Visited 12th of February 2014.
Philsosophyy attended as a guest of Wasamedia.
New Shanghai has been one of my casual spots to eat in Chatswood for years; the food is of good standard and priced reasonably. When I received news saying that they released some new menu items, it goes without saying that I was excited!
For those of you who are unfamiliar, New Shanghai is a restaurant serving up Chinese cuisine and has locations in Chatswood (Lemon Grove), Charleston Square, Bondi Junction and Chatswood Chase.
The new menu is currently available at Chastwood Chase, Bondi Junction & Charleston (not Ashfield and Lemon Grove). My apologies to the IGers who visited the Ashfield locations after seeing the pork belly bun, I didn’t have this information when I posted my photos :(.
I had to order this because curiosity got the better of me and I had to see firsthand whether it tasted like yakult. The verdict: yes it did!
The evening started off with one of my must-orders. These pork buns contained copious amounts of soup within them as well as nicely seasoned moist pork. Picture a xiao long bao, but in bun form!
I don’t think these need any real description, everyone I know has eaten these at least one thousand times in their life. But the main thing that I need to note here is that these were delicious; I’ve also ordered these every time I’ve visited :).
This was the first of the new menu items I tried! I’m personally used to wonton being served with egg noodles in a light broth and I must say, this was the first time I ever consumed peanut butter with a dumpling. Although the combination seemed weird in my mind, the savouriness from the sauce and richness from the peanut butter worked really nicely with the light wonton! I thought this dish was delicious and is something I would happily consume again.
This was a new menu item. If you’ve heard of Momofuku or Ippudo, you’ve probably heard of the contemporary ‘pork bun’. For me, the most important part is the bun itself; if it’s not fluffy and is overly dense, I usually don’t rate it. The pork belly buns were a little bit wet when they arrived but the bun itself was lovely and fluffy! Although the filling inside was nice, it could have done with some extra seasoning. All in all, a decent rendition of the pork belly bun and epic value for money too!
Similarly to the pan-fried pork buns, these also had copious amounts of broth. Delicious!
Note: I took this picture a little late and one dumpling was already devoured :P
Another new menu item. This dish is quite frequently cooked in my household and I’m happy to say that New Shanghai does a good rendition of it. The tofu was lovely and soft and the flavours of mushroom and oyster sauce permeated the dish. If you want something a little more wholesome and a little hearty, this is something to consider.
The clams were also new menu additions.
This was on the specials menu that evening but I believe it was also a new dish!
Their rendition of this dish was really good! The essence of prawn permeated the dish; I didn’t even feel the need to eat a prawn because the vermicelli was so flavourful!
The seasoning on the soft shell crab was really good! Although it was a little on the salty side when I ate it alone, I imagine this would have complemented a side of steamed rice.
This dessert was HUGE! After a big meal, I honestly think this dessert could easily be shared between 3-4 people. That being said, it was simple and hit the sweet spot I normally have after a big meal.
Ambiance: The decor was nice and had a contemporary feel even with all the traditional Chinese decor. The dining area is fairly spacious and large tables were available; it’s a great space for a casual dumpling fix.
Service: The service during this particular visit good, nothing overly negative to mention here.
Final thoughts: I’ve been to New Shanghai several times in my lifetime and left with a high opinion of the establishment – this visit was indifferent. The new menu items breathed more life into the existing menu and gave me even more reasons to return.
The food is good and comes at a reasonable price point, it’s worth a visit if you haven’t been already :).
New Shanghai (Chatswood Chase)
345 Victoria Ave
Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: +61 2 9412 3358