SHANG-HAIIIII Brisbanites! Have we got a Chinese goldmine for you! Last week we took a trip to New Shanghai, an authentic Chinese restaurant in the heart of the CBD, downstairs opposite T2 in Queens Plaza. There is a constant lineup outside and we see why-- authentic yet thematic decor, an enchanting Asian scent from the kitchen, friendly staff and an undoubting thought in my mind; "GIMME DUMPLINGS!"
We started with the Shredded Kombu with Spiced Vinegar Dressing which acts as condiment to main dishes. It compliments main dishes much like Katana compliments Ramen. It's a bit of a shock on your tastebuds at first, but it starts to get better with each bite! The Drunken Chicken marinated in Chinese wine was absolutely delicious! It's similar to Hainan Chicken, however parts of the chicken were very pink, but that's typically how it is cooked, especially with Hainan Chicken as well.
Now for the signature dish! The New Shanghai Xiao Long Bao-- HOLY GOD. THESE ARE AMAZING. Don't bite into them, just chuck it in your mouth and chew, along with the incredibly delicious pork filling, there is a soup base that bursts as soon as you bite into it. This has to be one of my favourite dishes. It's fresh, authentic and hand made every day. At $8.60 I'll be ordering 2 of them just for me!
Next up were the Pot Stickers-- little pan fried pork dumplings of happiness. I don't know which one I love more! The Pot Stickers or Xiao Long Bao! It's like choosing if you like Salted Caramel or Nutella-- IT'S TOO HARD TO CHOOSE! The texture from these Pot Stickers are beautiful, that crispy bottom combined with the soft top (okay, that sounded a little dirty hahaha) it just works! At $11.00 these Pot Stickers are nice and filling, in comparison to the Xiao Long Bao which are much lighter.
There's two dishes here, and it's sad to say I wish the prawns was my favourite out of the two. The seasonal vegetables with oyster sauce and garlic are a great condiment in Chinese cuisine, however the Wok Fried King Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk... well. We're not too sure about this one. The prawns themselves were juicy and cooked well, however I'm not really a fan of the texture of the salted egg yolk, it did feel a bit like chewing on sand. Again, I have never tasted salted egg yolk so this is probably how it is done. It's just me being such a little white boy, I've never tasted original Chinese dishes like this before.
I have just 4 words to melt any foodies mouth-- Slow Braised Pork Belly. This is some of the most succulent pork belly I have ever tasted. The flavours of the sweetened soy just melt in your mouth while each layer of the pork just makes you want to take out a second mortgage on the house to purchase an unlimited supply of the pork belly. $19.50 does sound a bit steep for one person, however, shared between two people it's the perfect dish to accompany your meals!
And finally the drinks! While I opted for the Mango Frappe which was very light and tropical, my friend decided to one up me and get WAAAAYYY MORE TROPICAL! This fresh pineapple and coconut frappe served inside a pineapple shell was absolutely delicious! It reminded me of relaxing by the beach in Phuket, sipping on a coconut and pineapple cocktail while I checked out cute tourists as they went by. Quick tip with the pineapple: use the straw to dig into the pineapple shell to mix the fresh pineapple chunks with the frappe!
Overall, New Shanghai is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with family and friends, to enjoy the thematic atmosphere and the culinary art behind Chinese cuisine. I will definitely be back soon to consume more dumplings than Kung Fu Panda. Thank you again to New Shanghai and we look forward to everything they stand to offer in 2016!
LG23 Queens Plaza, 226 Queen St, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3108 7652
View the menu here.
Monday - Thursday & Saturday: 11am–9pm
Hi, I'm michael!
I'm 22 years old and obsessed with food and fashion-- especially sneakers.