Friday, 31 October 2008

Shanghai Night

The name bears no similarities to the horrible sequel to Shanghai Noon. It’s Jackie Chan Asian (though not from his part of China) soul food that’s churned out of the kitchens. Raw (well not literally, be assured it’s thoroughly cooked) stuntman honesty and provides the same cheap (and I mean cheap), fun entertaining thrills. Thinly sliced new year glutinous rice cake and hand made noodles are as slippery to catch as Keung and yet remaining Dragon punch firm, stir fried with strips of pork and wom bok. Pork and chive dumplings, steamed or fried are Sammo Hung plump, pan fried pork buns topped with sesame seeds are a must. Splash with Chinese vinegar to give both a roundhouse kick to the face. Quality broth keeps the meat filling warm in the siu lung bao, but be careful, it has as much fire and heat as a fight sequence with the Drunken Master.

For the after mains, my favourite Asian desert ingredient, the sweetened red bean is mashed into a paste and squished between a flour batter and fried to a crisp, the maroon gel oozing when split. Whilst the fare is no where near as elaborate as the stunts performed by the nice guy from Hong Kong, for the price of admission to see some of his great films, you’re guaranteed an equally great meal.

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 275 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, NSW
What? Under $10

Left to Right : New Year Rice Cake, Pork Dumplings, Pan Fried Pork Buns, Siu Lung Bao, Fried Red Bean Slice

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