SHANGHAI DRAGON DUMPLING HOUSE, RUSSELL ST: Incredibly delicious and authentic Shanghai food that is relatively cheap, casual and cozy. Underrated as you won’t find huge lines like some of those in Chinatown but I can definitely vouch for the genuine flavours in their dishes and the speediness of service.
Xiao Long Bao – 8 pcs for $7.9
The good fat: Cheapest Xiao Long Bao that I’ve had in the Melbourne CBD and also the best! The flavour of the pork filling is super tasty and well balanced. The soup is lovely and warm (be careful to not burn your tongue!) and the skin is very thin and delicate, just as it should be. Very happy with these buns 🙂 They definitely remind me of the ones in Shanghai!!
The bad fat: Nothing!
Deep Fried Chicken with Hot Chilli, Szechuan – $15.8
The good fat: Loved the crispiness of the outer coating and the tenderness of the chicken inside. The chilli is very powerful and gives an awesome kick in terms of flavouring of the dish. Pretty decent portion size!
The bad fat: A bit one dimensional in terms of flavour as all I could taste was the spiciness. As a result, the chicken inside was pretty bland as there wasn’t any sort of additional marinade or sauce. I also would’ve preferred if there weren’t so many bony pieces either but I guess that’s part of the experience.
Pan fried Shanghai Traditional Pan-fried Mini Pork Buns – 6 pcs for $7.6)
The good fat: Once again, this place is pretty authentic and tasty in terms of their Shanghai street style dumplings and buns. The pork filling was tender, nicely portioned and very flavoursome without being overpowering in any sort of flavour. The dough was thick and fluffy, whilst the bottom was crispy – just as it should be through the pan frying combined with steaming.
The bad fat: Missing some sesame seeds and spring onion at the top for extra colour, flavour and authenticity!
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – An underrated, but cheap and authentic place. I’ll definitely be back anytime I am craving a dose of Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai street food!