New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

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New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

New Shanghai Chinese restaurant is indeed right next to Shanghai Night. Inside it looks brighter and newer with small plasma screens showing a rotation of the items on offer. It's slightly wider than Shanghai Night next door by about 2 metres. The configuration is different, with the cashier towards the back and the dumpling makers behind a glass screen on show for customers and some booths to the right (which currently have some dumplings abandoned mid preparation).

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Service is friendlier than that at Shanghai Night and while we see a lot of familiar items, namely the dumplings, prices are higher by a dollar or two. There are also some unusual dishes and of course, being the visual creatures that we are, we are enticed by the items in the pictures.

We order and the dishes trickle out slowly, one by one. None of this fast and furious pace that we get at Shanghai night (which we actually prefer).

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Famous new shanghai steamed mini pork buns $6.80 for 8

The first item we receive is the Xiao Long Bao, the famous mini pork buns with hot soupy interior which explodes with the first bite. We notice that there aren't too many punctures (good) but the hot soup and filling is missing the ginger zing which we adore in the Shanghai Night dumplings.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Steamed Pork with coriander dumplings $7.80 for 18

After some waiting, the large plate of steamed dumplings arrive. They're less delicate than the Xiao Long Bao and in this case, the coriander flavour is stronger and the skin a touch thinner and more delicate than Shanghai night's sturdy version. We prefer these.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Famous new shanghai pan fried pork bun $8.80 for 10

These are among my favourite at Shanghai Night but when they set these down, I know just from the look of them that I won't like them as much. How do I know? The bottoms are barely cooked.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

They look like they have only briefly kissed the bottom of the pan. I want ones that have had a good old smooch or a bronzed bottomed French kiss. I want the bottoms to be absolutely crispy. Inside, there's actually soup in some of the dumplings which my husband likes but for me, the absent crunch leaves me pining for it.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Deep fried crab with yolk of salt egg $26.80

Not being quite sure of what yolk of salt egg tastes like, we ordered this as it had a photo of it on the menu. Two blue swimmer crabs sit, looking rather sad and each piece is coated in a fine crispy coating much like a salt and pepper coating without the pepper.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

It's absolutely delicious of course and I find myself eating leg after leg, crunching satisfyingly into the meat on the end of the legs like a crunchy savoury lollipop. As much as I find crabs adorable, I couldn't pull myself away from these if I tried. I did try I think, once, to no avail.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Deep fried yellow croaker fish in red soy sauce $28.80

Our last course arrives and whilst I am full from the crab, the sight of the fish is certainly impressive causing other diners to stare and some to call the waitress over, point to it and order. The fish, looking like it has been frozen mid flip and immortalised in batter is large with a river of red sauce around it.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

The "red soy sauce" is in fact sweet and sour sauce with some prawns, peas, carrots and pinenuts thrown in for texture and taste. The fish is very meaty, soft and juicy and quite delicious, even though sweet and sour sauce isn't my absolute favourite sauce.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

White fungus and papaya dessert $3.80

And because it's my husband's birthday, he orders his favourite dessert, the slippery White Fungus and Papaya dessert, with sweet syrup. The White fungus is a slippery treat with a faint almost-crunchiness to it.

We're stuffed, done in by the crab and fish. We're surprised to hear a "Thankyou!" coming from the owner when we leave (being used to Shanghai Night). When we walk past next door we see both places have a chalkboard outside advertising their Mini pork buns.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield

Shanghai Night also has a sign for its 18th anniversary there with some specials, all in Chinese. We'll go there for the dumplings but we'll go to New Shanghai Chinese for the fish and crab.

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

273 Liverpool Rd Ashfield

Tel: +61 (02) 9797 7284

Open 7 days 10:00am-10:00pm

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at Ashfield