Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Taste of Shanghai, Eastwood

We're still in moving mode and our kitchen is still unpacked so lately we have either been out somewhere local for dinner or I've been pressing out jaffles but hopefully the kitchen will be done by tonight and I can start cooking again.  

We haven't come to this restaurant since it opened a couple of years ago due to the chaotic service we had repeatedly received and that the food was not to Cheesecake Boy's taste at the time. However, we decided to give them a second chance and we were pleasantly surprised this time.

Cheesecake Boy is not usually a huge fan of shallot pancakes but we order them because I like them.  He's surprised this time as they are not doughnut shaped ones.  However, he really likes these ones and helps me demolish them.

Shallot pancake $7.80

Cheesecake Boy orders the following dish, he loves meat that's covered in sweet sticky sauces and this fits the bill.  This is sticky and sweet and the pork is a nice size to bite into and the coverage of sauce is generous.

Pork chops in Beijing sauce $16.80

I love eggplant especially in a hot pot.  I like to order eggplant dishes when I'm out, as I do not cook with it much.  This dish is nice and cosy for a cold night and the touch of XO sauce went down nicely.  I don't normally see this combination with diced chicken and it's a nice change from the usual hotpots.  Cheesecake Boy and I both enjoyed this dish. 

XO sauce eggplant & diced chicken hot pot $16.80

Finally, we ended with my favourite dumplings.  I love pan fried buns they are my favourite food of all time.  The buns had the trademark golden bottoms and squishy doughy insides that were bursting  out due to the succulent filling.  One bit and the juices are squirting out everywhere.

Pan fried pork buns $9.80

As we were leaving Cheesecake Boy was speaking to the staff and they informed him that they had changed the menu fives times in the last two years and we're certainly glad they did, as Cheesecake Boy and I throughly enjoyed the current choices available.  The service has really improved now and the menu is not as overwhelming as it use to be.  I can see that Cheesecake Boy and I will now happily have more lazy don't feel like cooking night dinners here now.  

Happy eating, Dumpling Girl.

Taste of Shanghai
200 Rowe Street
Eastwood  NSW  2122
Ph: (02) 9804 0388

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joey@forkingaroundsydney said...

Love pan fried pork buns, but are they becoming too common?

Dumpling Girl said...

Hi Joey,

I see where you are coming from and for sure the last 5 years there has been a real surge of dumpling places opening up, whereas prior it was really hard to find a decent place and we would have to put up with mediocre places as they were hard to find or the good places were inconvenient to get to.

The good thing about these places being so common now, in my opinion is that we don't have to settle for the dumplings being ok and not quite good enough as we have so many choices now and I can go to the places close by that I think do a decent dumpling instead of putting up with bad ones to give in to a craving.

I have tried on three occasions to make these buns and they are a lot of work, so there is a real appreciation from me in the skill and time taken to make them though.

At the end of the day there are heaps of Thai, Chinese and Indian restuarants around and the variety of trying all these places keeps us blogging so being a common cuisine can't be a bad thing, right? As we get to indulge in the choices available.

Notice the same trend now with all the Sichuan restuarants opening up too?

Thanks for keeping me ticking.

Dumpling Girl

Lil said...

Panfried dumplings!
The eggplant hot pot looks delciious as well!

Dumpling Girl said...

Hi Lil,

You're right the pan fried dumplings were so yummy.

However, the hot pot was something different and you can really taste the XO sauce, it was great.