At my place, there’s always a stash of frozen dumplings in the freezer ready to be steamed or pan fried for a tasty last minute meal. I’ve always been a fan of New Shanghai’s dumplings with their delicately thin skins encasing juicy fillings and soupy goodness, so I was glad to hear that they have opened up a Workshop next to their original Ashfield store where they make fresh dumplings for you to take home and enjoy. You can watch on as their expert dumpling makers create batches upon batches of these dumplings and wontons in their open kitchen which runs along the length of the Workshop.
While I was a bit disappointed that there aren’t any takeaway xiao long bao on the menu, there is still a decent selection of all sorts of dumpling flavours to choose from: pork & chive/coriander/Chinese cabbage, beef or lamb & leek for something a bit different; fish, prawn and veggie dumplings are available too. In addition, their perfectly formed mini wontons are also available.
Pork & Chive Dumplings, $6.50 (12 pieces), Shanghai Mini Prawn Wonton, $5.40 (12 pieces)
I brought home a pack of their Pork & Chive Dumplings and also their Shanghai Mini Prawn Wontons to roadtest them and ended up adding them into some homemade soup noodles. Both sets of dumplings worked well with soup noodles, particularly the flavoursome Pork & Chive Dumplings, thanks to the strong chive aroma. The delicate Shanghai Mini Prawn Wontons had a silkier skin which encased a juicy prawn filling, balancing out the punchier flavour of the Pork & Chive Dumplings.
These freshly made takeaway dumpling packs live up to the high calibre of New Shanghai’s famous dumplings and are an absolute lifesaver when it comes to throwing together a quality last minute meal, either on their own or as part of another dish like soup noodles or hotpot for the family.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of New Shanghai Workshop