Ando: Within a few days from returning back to Sydney after spending a few months working interstate, Belle surprised me with an invite to a restaurant opening (New Shanghai) in Chatswood. Back in 2010, I spent a year in Shanghai for my university exchange so I couldn’t wait to relive the sensation that is Shanghai cuisine.
Located on the ground floor of Lemon Grove Plaza, this was New Shanghai’s second restaurant in Chatswood (having already opened in Chatswood Chase). Being the curious cat I am, I was excited to see a large glass pane situated a few steps away from the entrance of the restaurant providing glimpses to what the chefs were up to. This took me back to when I use to peer through glass windows whilst waiting in long lines for xiaolongbaos in Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai.
Whilst seated, I saw posters for lunch deals that looked quite tasty and that were listed for around the $9 price range. But that day, we were there to taste their breakfast menu, so lunch at New Shanghai will most likely be on the agenda!
Glutinous rice roll with pork floss ($4.5). Out of all the items on the breakfast menu, Belle was interested in trying this the most. This was one of the items that did not appear with a picture on the menu and we were both surprised by the size of it. In the centre of the roll was a deep fried dough fritter giving the dish that crunchy texture. I’m a huge fan of pork floss and enjoyed this dish though I did find it quite a feast!
Sweet glutinous rice roll ($3.5). This was similar to the size of the glutinous rice roll with pork floss, and instead of pork floss a generous amount of sugar fills the interior. Perfect if you have a sweet tooth in the morning!
Fried egg pancake with pork floss ($4.5). Lovely bite sized pieces combining the savoury treat of pork floss with drizzles of oyster sauce on top of the egg pancake.
Fried egg pancake with cheese ($4.5). The cheese in the pancake really packed a punch and left me wanting more. I should have ordered another dish! Aside from serving fried egg pancake with pork floss and cheese, they also serve it with other varieties such as the sweet corn ($4.5) and savory deep fried dough fritter ($4.5).
Sliced fresh fish congee ($4.5). Our mum used to make congee like this when we were younger before she decided that having cereal was a quicker option in morning. I enjoyed this warm dish savouring the tenderness of the fish and the subtle ginger flavour.
Preserved egg and lean meat congee ($4.5). My dad would have enjoyed this dish. Definitely a heartier dish than the fresh fish congee.
Steamed vegetarian bun ($2 each). I use to fill up on these when I was a student in Shanghai. A great tasting bun filled with bok choy and mushroom. If you’re a fan of pork, they also serve steamed pork buns ($2 each).
Steamed roll ($2). A simple tasty bun integrated with some chives.
Chinese silver bread (steam or deep fried) ($3). Served with a dipping sauce (condensed milk), we tasted was the steamed bread first. Nice. Then came the deep fried bread! It tasted like a doughnut and I could have ordered more of this!
Savoury soy bean milk ($4). With fermented soy as a main ingredient, this wouldn’t be my preferred breakfast dish. It was definitely an acquired taste.
New Shanghai also serves soy drinks on the breakfast menu and is available sweet or sugarless in hot or cold ($2.50 a glass).
It has been a while since I had Shanghai cuisine and I was delighted that these dishes took me back to the great memories I had whilst I was in Shanghai.
Shop 20, Lemon Grove Plaza, Chatswood, NSW 2067
(02) 9415 3536
DISCLAIMER: The Lamstock dined as a guest of New Shanghai. Opinions are however, our own.