Egg Custard Tarts

sky phoenix, CBD

I do not have a bad word to say about Yum Cha. When the weekend swings around and I’m not craving breakfast at Reuben Hill, my other Sunday morning kickstarter is a trolley chase at my favourite yum cha restaurant. Sky Phoenix is the choice for today and though not the most authentic of the big China Town experiences the dishes are reliably good (and conveniently located for a spot of Zara shopping pre or post your fill). Continue reading

new shanghai, chatswood

I’m not sure what is better. Securing Egyptian Cotton Sheets at 30% off or securing a table at New Shanghai Chatswood Chase in less than a half an hour at lunchtime.

Shepherd's Purse Dumplings

Shepherd’s Purse Dumplings

New Shanghai Chatswood Chase

New Shanghai Chatswood Chase

If you manage both it is truly a red letter day. New Shanghai is my favourite place to grab a dumpling. Better than Din Tai Fung. Better then Chef’s Gallery. And the Chatswood version, though not as authentic and down home as the Ashfield version, provides the perfect reward for a successful morning’s shopping.

New Shanghai Chatswood

New Shanghai Interior

I really haven’t actively worked my way through the menu as much as I probably should have, but after a hard day’s shopping, I generally seek comfort in old favourites and crowd pleasers as I’ll do today.

The Sous Chef kicks off with a favourite of his, the Hot, Spicy & Sour soup with Shredded Pork & Bean Curd. This hearty and flavoursome starter is thicky and gloopy in the best possible way. If you love an Asian soup but are after something a little lighter the Wontons or Mini Pork Short Soup will leave room for incoming dumplings.

Hot & Sour Soup

New Shanghai Hot & Sour Soup

I have a soft spot for a good fried rice and the generous serving at Din Tai Fung is the perfect accompaniment with today’s order of Crispy Chicken with a Chilli Soy Sauce. The chicken is perfectly tender on the inside and crunch on the outer with the sweet almost sticky sauce providing the perfect compliment.

Fried Rice & Shallot Pancake

Fried Rice & Shallot Pancake

New Shanghai Crispy Skin Chicken

New Shanghai Crispy Skin Chicken

The Shepherd’s Purse Dumplings served with a Chilli & Peanut Butter Sauce provides every reason to be cautious as the breakfast spread is not exactly the expected ingredient on the menu. I encourage you to give it a try as the dumplings are delicious and the spicy sauce works surprisingly well. It’s a favourite.

Shepherd's Purse & Pork Wonton Tossed with Sesame Butter, Red Chilli Oil & Spice

Shepherd’s Purse & Pork Wonton Tossed with Sesame Butter, Red Chilli Oil & Spice

Pan-fried dumplings of Pork Dumplings are juicy. With a splash of black vinegar and the unstoppable chilli sauce (you’ll need to request this) you will be in dumpling heaven.

Pan Fried Pork Dumpling

Pan Fried Pork Dumpling

If you can manage to get a gang together your experience will be all the better as you can sample a broader range of dishes. The signature New Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Bun is winner and the Lamb & Leek Dumpling is pretty special also.

Chatswood is bursting with so many incredible Asian restaurants to try. Unfortunately New Shanghai is so reliably good that if I’m in the neighbourhood, this Shanghai favourite is my lunchtime default setting. I encourage you to make it yours – you’ll never love Christmas shopping more.

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mahjong room, surry hills

It’s Friday night. I’m two weeks into a new job where I have been a little sponge learning new factoids, ingratiating myself to new colleagues and undertaking market research on every café in the vicinity in the pursuit of the perfect coffee spot.

By dinner time, I want a swift glass of vino and a fabulous meal with minimal effort, in fact I don’t even want to think. Some meals you go out for because the restaurant is your favourite place with very specific favourites and sometimes you are trying new places where you want to approach the evaluating and selection of food from the menu like a treasure hunt. Continue reading

fu manchu, darlinghurst

Have always had a bit of a soft spot for Fu Manchu. When I first moved to the big city into my own place in Darlinghurst as a 20 something girl, Fu Manchu was my local take away and though I do have a very firm fun memories of meals there I do recall tapping their take out menu pretty hard when a little heartbreak came my way. The ‘why didn’t he call’ Wonton Soup, the ‘I thought he was ‘the one’ Hainan Chicken and the ‘I never liked him anyway’ Lamb Dumplings.  Great meals that are cleansing, comforting and that ‘hug you from the inside’ when you need it. Continue reading