Xiao Long Bao ($6.80)
Ashfield – home of the dumplings. As I look up and down the bustling Liverpool Street in Ashfield, I see not one, not two, but 27 dumpling restaurants. Each next to one another and each with the word Shanghai written somewhere in their name. (So, I may have exaggerated, but you get the picture). But seriously, there is a large variety and abundance of eating options around Ashfield and tonight we chose New Shanghai, next door to Shanghai Night to feast at.
Never being able to resist the Xiao Long Bao we order them straight away. Beware, these pork dumplings hold a delicious but steaming hot broth.
Renovated, clean and shiny looking. Very different to its next door neighbour (Shanghai Night). A private dining room is located at the back and a wide open kitchen to the side so you can keep an eye on the chefs as they make dumpling after dumpling.
Stir Fried Hand-Made Noodles with Pork and Vegetables ($8.80)
Super thick hand-made noodles covered in a slightly sweet soy sauce and tossed with tender pieces of shredded pork and mixed Asian greens.
Shallot Pancake ($4.80)
This deep-fried savoury pancake is crisp with a pizza crust like texture. Take a bit to find the scattered chopped green onions throughout.
New Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Bun ($8.80 for 8 pcs)
A large serving of plump buns arrive. Each has a crispy golden base and fluffy doughy sides and are sprinkled with black sesame seeds. But the real treat is the rich moist pork inside. One of my favs!
Dumpling makers hard at work
New Shanghai is a great place to have a casual cheap feed that fills your bellies but doesn’t empty your pockets. A word to the wise – get there early or make a booking, every time we visit there is a line.
273 Liverpool Road,