New Shanghai are experienced hands in the game of Chinese food. Theirs is a modern take on Shanghai-style cuisine based on family recipes handed down through generations. They now have 8 locations across Australia, serving up dumplings, soups, noodles, hot pots and buns. The bustling atmosphere takes you to the heart of China and the precision and efficiency that is true to Chinese restaurants will enable a hassle free dining experience. All at an extremely affordable price.
To start, we ordered their famed Xiao Long Bao (XLB). Little steamed dumplings with a soup and pork filling. These piping hot little parcels delight your senses as you step through the process of eating a XLB.
Simply lift onto your spoon, take a small bite of the dumpling skin, sip the soup from inside the dumpling, dip in the soy vinegar sauce and then eat the whole delicious parcel. The ritual is almost as fun as the food itself!
We then moved on to the Shepherd’s purse and pork wontons with chilli oil, peanut and sesame sauce. Wow! This was one of our favourite dishes. The pork dumplings came in a delicious soy sauce and had a swirl of peanut and sesame sauce. The nutty creaminess was a fantastic addition and the cucumbers added a refreshing element. Beware though, there’s a slight kick to this from the chilli oil!
Next were the pan fried pork dumplings. Now how could we bypass the pot stickers! Surely a staple in any Chinese meal!?! They were beautifully fried with a juicy, meaty filling, and went absolutely perfectly with the Tsing Tao Chinese beer. Truly a match made in heaven.
If you’re in need of a little entertainment or simply curious about the makings of dumplings, feel free to look into the dumpling theatre! A window has been set up to enable diners to watch the dumpling magicians create their tasty little morsels.
We then tried their Shanghai stir fried noodles with pork and vegetables. For added flavour, be sure to ask for some of their delicious chilli paste. It marries beautifully with these stir fried noodles and adds that extra kick for the spice fiends out there!
At the waitress’ recommendation, we went for the Sweet and Sour Crispy Whole Barramundi, mixed vegetables and pine nuts. Be sure to either be in a group or bring a hearty appetite if you order this dish. It is an entire fish so it’s a really large portion. The fish has been cut to enable you to easily pull the flesh off, so there’s no tricky or messy eating. It’s sweet and sour deep fried goodness!
Taking sweet and sour to the next level, we also ordered the Rainbow Beef – Sweet and Sour Crispy Beef. Simply amazing, and the dish of the day. Think sweet and sour pork but even better because these thin strips of beef are super crispy and have a slightly chewy element. This dish will blow your mind and is an absolute must order dish!
To end the evening, and with very little stomach space left, we decided to share a Shaved Ice with Sweet Red Beans and Ice Cream. So refreshing! The creamy vanilla ice cream contrasted fantastically with the sweet red beans and was the perfect finale to a great night of Chinese delights.
For some good old Chinese, look no further than New Shanghai. As experienced players in the game, they know their Chinese cuisine. A family friendly restaurant, the atmosphere caters to big rowdy crowds to intimate romantic dinners. With the serving sizes they have, bring your appetite and be prepared to feast!
B38, Chatswood Chase
345 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, NSW 2067
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys