New Shanghai

New Shanghai - Emporium Melbourne

New Shanghai – Emporium Melbourne

New Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant located on lvl 3 of the Melbourne Emporium. The food is based around traditional recipes that have been passed down the line from generation to generation. And by golly they sure know how to make good dumplings. The dumplings are made fresh on site, you can see them hand crafting the little dumplings right in front of you. If you dig dumplings, this place is a MUST. Alongside the glorious dumplings New Shanghai has a delicious menu of a variety of authentic Chinese dishes at reasonable prices, which will keep you coming back for more.

New Shanghai - Venue

New Shanghai – Venue

While the recipes are traditional, the restaurant décor has a very modern vibe.

New Shanghai - Fresh pineapple & coconut milk

New Shanghai – Fresh pineapple & coconut milk

They have a variety of drinks on the menu. The fresh pineapple and coconut milk was delish, it was like a milkshake and tasted really fresh. The honey green tea is good too. It’s green tea but has the mouth feel of a crisp cold beer. It’s tastes clean and refreshing.

New Shanghai - Xiao long bao

New Shanghai – Xiao long bao

New Shanghai’s dumplings are beyond delicious. They deserve a standing ovation bravo bravo! The xiao long bao are one of my many favourites at New Shanghai, the skin is thin and soft and the pork and hot soupy filling is incredible. Add a little bit of vinegar and they are just perfect.

New Shanghai - Pan fried pork bun

New Shanghai – Pan fried pork bun

Another favourite of mine is the pan fried pork buns. The first time I tried these I was in awe of how amazing they were. They are in the shape of the xiao long bao and the filling is the same as the xiao long bao, but the skin is thicker and sort of cakey like BBQ pork buns. The pan fried pork buns are fried and have a golden toasted crispy bottom. They are truly remarkable.

New Shanghai - Pan fried pork dumplings

New Shanghai – Pan fried pork dumplings

The pan fried pork dumplings are delish too. The dumpling is fried and the skin is a little thicker and a little sticky in a good way. Delish!

New Shanghai - Shepard's purse & pork wonton w peanut sauce & spicy red chilli oil

New Shanghai – Shepard’s purse & pork wonton w peanut sauce & spicy red chilli oil

The shepard’s purse & pork wontons have the most amazing skin. The skin is thin and super silky, glossy and amazing. They were sitting in a spicy red chilli oil and had a peanut sauce drizzled over them. I couldn’t get over the skin on these wontons, they just had such an amazingly smooth texture.

New Shanghai - Deep fried crispy skin chicken w noodle soup

New Shanghai – Deep fried crispy skin chicken w noodle soup

The noodle soup w deep fried crispy skin chicken is really tasty. The soup has a subtle flavour and comes with a spicy vinegar sauce to add more of a kick. The noodles are fresh and the crispy skin is uber crispy. Yum!

New Shanghai - Shanghai fried noodles w shredded pork & veg

New Shanghai – Shanghai fried noodles w shredded pork & veg

The fried Shanghai noodles are full of flavour and stir-fried with a sweet soy based sauce, shredded pork and bok choy. They are the thick round egg noodles (sort of like udon). Very tasty and a little bit slippery, if you are not a chopstick pro you may need a fork for these.

New Shanghai - Braised pork belly marinated in a sweet soy sauce

New Shanghai – Braised pork belly marinated in a sweet soy sauce

The braised pork belly arrived in a big clay pot, it looked very traditional and was overflowing with giant chunks of juicy pork belly. The pork belly was marinated and covered in a sweet soy sauce and melted in your mouth.

New Shanghai - Deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk

New Shanghai – Deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk

The deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk was yum. The tofu had a light crispy batter and the tofu was really soft and silky in the middle. The salted egg yolk added flavour and a powdery-like texture to the dish. It was nice.

New Shanghai - Fried rice w X.O sauce

New Shanghai – Fried rice w X.O sauce

The fried rice with X.O sauce was delicious. It was your standard fried rice, fried up with X.O sauce. This simple alteration made the dish much tastier. The X.O sauce added that spicy seafood flavour which intensified the flavours in the rice.

New Shanghai - Pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste

New Shanghai – Pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste

For dessert we tried the pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste. Firstly awww they looked like little pumpkins. So adorable! They were steamed and came out in a bamboo steamer like dumplings. They were soft and a bit sticky and were a great dessert to end the meal.

New Shanghai - Red bean paste inside the pumpkin dumplings

New Shanghai – Red bean paste inside the pumpkin dumplings

They were like sweet little glutinous pumpkin dumplings filled with a sweet red bean paste. I loved them!

New Shanghai has a delicious menu of authentic Chinese food. Their service is good, the prices are reasonable, the food is delicious and the servings are generous. It’s a great place to gather a group of people and order a bunch of share plates. Also I like to go on my own so I can have a plate of dumplings all to myself.

I heart New Shanghai!

Olives x

New Shanghai
Address: Shop 323, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.newshanghai.com.au
Phone: 03 9994 9386
Trading Hours: Sat-Wed: 11am-7pm, Thurs-Fri:11am-9pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to New Shanghai.

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Best Dumplings Ever…

Best Dumplings Ever!

If you love dumplings and are yet to visit Hutong Dumpling Bar on Market Lane in Melbourne, you have not tried dumplings! ATTENTION: you have not tried dumplings!

As soon as you walk in you can see the dumpling specialists hard at work through the glass window, slaving away to make the best dumplings known to mankind! You can see them making the fresh dumpling outers, filling the fresh dumpling outers with fresh dumpling insides, then steaming the fresh dumplings for maximum yumm…dumplings dumplings dumplings. Remember where these talented individuals are located because later on when your floating on clouds and looking for someone to hug, you know who to share your gratitude with.

The dumplings look like little teepee huts residing in a steam basket. These delicate delights are soo tasty they change the whole dumpling heirachy. They make your favourite dumplings taste average and your average dumplings taste less than average.

They have a variety of dumplings available on the menu, but the ones you want are the “Shao-long Bao”, which apparently means little dragon in chinese and boy are those little dragons delicious! These soup dumplings are pork so if you dont eat pork i suggest you prentend its something else and just try them…because they really are super!

There is a particular way the dumplings like to be eaten so if you follow these five steps you will experience the dumplings at thier potential best.

Step one: grab the top of the dumpling with chopsticks
Step two: dunk the dumpling into vinegar
Step three: break the outer and sip the soup
Step four: eat the rest of the dumpling
Step five: smile and nod your head in recognition of its greatness

A quality dumpling is hard to find but when you do, it consumes you unexpectedly, and every dumpling you ever loved becomes insignificant for this dumpling walks effortlessly with you on your journey. Now that is a dumpling well worth waiting for.

I heart Hutong Dumpling Bar!

Olives x

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