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    Shanghai’d! Taste of Shanghai, World Square

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Braised bamboo shoot

    Dumpling frenzy is alive and well in Sydney, with every man and his dog attempting the iconic soup dumpling (xiao long bao) – little pastry wrapped parcels of engineering genius that explode with scalding hot soup the moment you bite into it.

    What can I say? We’re gluttons for punishment.

    Din Tai Fung has been known as the reigning lords of soup dumplings, and in Sydney, it seems, that claim has been challenged by fellow Chinese restaurant giant the Taste of Shanghai.

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Pan fried pork dumpling,Pan fried pork dumpling

    Of course, one cannot subsist on soup dumplings alone. Well, maybe we can, but probably shouldn’t. So you know, we order other things, too, just as a cover.

    …and also cause I was starving.

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Pan fried pork bunsPan fried pork buns

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Braised bamboo shootBraised bamboo shoot

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Stir Fried Green Beans with Pork MinceStir Fried Green Beans with Pork Mince

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Olive Fried RiceOlive Fried Rice

    Sydney Food Blog Review: Taste of Shanghai, World Square. Deep Fried Chinese Milk DoughDeep Fried Chinese Milk Dough

    And the verdict? They do actually serve up a variety of dishes quite well. The service can be a bit impersonal, but really, I wasn’t expecting too much from the gruff manner of the people seating us anyway. At least they’re consistent, right?

    The actual soup dumplings pale in comparision to Din Tai Fung, but it’s a good effort, and better than many other places who attempt this structural masterpiece of a dish. Notable dishes include the braised bamboo shoots, olive fried rice and pan-fried pork buns – the fluffy bun equivalent of the soup dumplings, complete with explosive hot soup.

    One warning, though, for the high blood pressured amongst us: the food is incredibly uh, seasoned, so you’re probably going to either need lots of plain rice and tea to cut it, or need to drink an entire lagoon of water afterward.

    Mermaid sold separately.

    This meal was independently paid for.
    Taste of Shanghai
    Shop 9.07, World Square Shopping Centre
    644 George Street
    Sydney, NSW
    Phone: 02 9261 8832
    Website: www.tosau.com.au/

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