Shanghainese dumplings have been going from strength to strength in Sydney and the well-established Taste of Shanghai chain is no exception – their cosy World Square store is a convenient spot to drop into if you have some xiao long bao cravings to satisfy.
DIY Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao, $10.80
This time around, we sampled more than just their signature dumplings – we tried our hand at making them too with some tips from the dumpling masters in the Taste of Shanghai kitchen…needless to say we’re not quitting our day jobs anytime soon.
To mix things up, we also ordered some of their silky smooth Wontons in Red Chilli Oil Sauce, if you can handle the heat then these addictive parcels are a must-order. Other dishes for chilli-lovers are the Fish Fillet in Spicy Chilli Oil, which is incredibly flavoursome as the aromatic chilli oil that its served with infuses into the flaky fish fillet pieces and also the delicious Spicy Diced Chicken which are fried bite-sized morsels of chicken with a kick, served under a mound of dried chillis. The generous serving sizes for these dishes means that there’s more than enough to go around even when you’re dining in a group.
Wontons in Red Chilli Oil Sauce, $10.80
Fish Fillet in Spicy Chilli Oil, $22.80
The rest of their mains are also executed well, especially their Sizzling Garlic King Prawns which smell (and taste) amazing thanks to the hot plate that they are served on and their Salt and Pepper King Prawns are also juicy under the light batter that they’re encased in.
Sizzling Garlic King Prawns, $26.80
Salt and Pepper King Prawns, $26.80
If you’re a fan of DIY, their Crispy Duck with Chinese Wraps and Peking Style Shredded Pork with Pancakes let you mix and match the fillings and condiments to your heart’s content, all wrapped up with thin pancakes for a different way of enjoying these traditional Chinese dishes.
Peking Style Shredded Pork and Pancakes, $22.30
Crispy Duck with Chinese Wraps, $24.80
We also enjoyed their Eggplant and Pork Mince in Sweet Chilli Vinegar, which had an interesting savoury and sour blend of flavours with soft pieces of eggplant that soaked the flavours all up.
Eggplant and Pork Mince in Sweet Chilli Vinegar, $16.80
The extensive menu at Taste of Shanghai shows that they’re about more than just their signature dumplings, they serve up a solid range of casual Chinese fare at reasonable prices in a nicely decked out space that pays homage to their roots.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Taste of Shanghai