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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shanghai Dumpling, Ashfield

Dumplings and noodles at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield

The secret to a great dumpling? Don’t ever underestimate the dumpling skin. Most diners prioritise the filling but if the wrapper is wrong, you’ll know about it. Too thin and your dumpling will break apart. Too thick and you’ll notice its rubbery doughiness immediately. We reckon that’s why Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield – with its gossamer thin dumpling skins – has such a loyal following. It might be separated from the main hub of dumpling houses along Liverpool Road, but at any given time you’re bound to find the modest dining room – just 24 seats – filled with dumpling enthusiasts.

Preserved duck egg and pork wonton dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield
Preserved duck egg and pork dumplings with chilli bean sauce

You won’t find xiao long bao soup dumplings here. Nor pan-fried buns. The focus here is the classic wonton dumpling, folded almost tortellini-style, but bigger. Stick with the standard pork and chive; chicken and cabbage; or tofu with mixed mushroom, or level up with their daily specials, available in limited quantities. These include preserved duck egg (century egg) with pork; prawn with bamboo shoots; salted duck egg with pork; and a springy fish cake with shredded ginger and shallots. They all come in serving sizes of five or ten so you can mix and match as you please.

Shredded ginger, shallot and fish dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield
Shredded ginger, shallot and fish dumplings $9 for 5 / $15.80 for 10

Get them plain, with chilli sauce, with noodle soup or pan-fried. The latter three options will cost a little extra. On a budget? Here’s a tip: You can raid the condiment trolley and make up your own dipping sauce of vinegar, chilli sauce, lemon and soy.

Inside the preserved duck egg and pork dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield
Preserved duck egg and pork dumplings $7.50 for 5 / $12.80 for 10

It’s worth savouring your first dumpling unadorned. That’ll give you a chance to appreciate the subtle flavour of the filling, and the slippery elegance of the dumpling skins. The silky tail ends are almost the best bit.

Noodle soup with hot spicy beef and beef tendon at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield
Noodle soup with hot spicy beef and beef tendon $12.80

If you’re still hungry, there are two pages of noodle options. Warm up with a cavernous bowl of soup filled with thin wheat noodles, chunks of spicy beef and gelatinous beef tendon.

Shredded chicken with chilli and Sichuan pepper at Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield
Shredded chicken with chilli and Sichuan pepper $8.80 

Or attack a mountain of stir-fried noodles with shredded chicken and chilli. All the noodle toppings are also available as sides.

Wish you could eat dumplings every night? You can get takeaway packs of fresh or frozen dumplings to cook at home. Sorted.

Entrance to Shanghai Dumpling in Ashfield


Shanghai Dumpling Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shanghai Dumpling
337 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9797 6999

Opening hours
Wednesday to Sunday 11am-9pm


This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 1/13/2019 12:30:00 pm


2 Comments:

  • At 1/16/2019 11:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is my favourite. I particularly like their dumpling soup but ask for the vegetarian broth even if you aren't one.
    Rosa

     
  • At 1/21/2019 10:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Flavour Shanghai further up Liverpool Rd, nearer to corner of Hercules St snd next to a fish shop. Almost nobody goes there compared to New Shanghai, Taste of Shanghai and Shanghai Nights but the people who go in there are always chinese chinese if you know what i mean

     

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