Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog


Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog


Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Shanghai Stories 1938, Chatswood

Often called the Paris of the Orient, Shanghai represents the bubbling hub of modern western culture intermingling with the more traditional old-world Asia. Shanghai Stories 1938's dining area beautifully encapsulates the clash of the two regions and is quite possibly the main appeal of visiting here.

Shanghai Stories 1938 is quite a popular place around the locals. My booking at 12 hardly did anything to get us in quicker and we found ourselves waiting outside for at least 10 minutes. I did manage to converse in Mandarin however, which I'm quite proud of.

You'll find people of all walks of life eating around here. The menu is set out in an easy to read picture display and it wasn't hard picking what we wanted to eat straight away.

Xiao Long Bao 6
One of their main dishes, the Xiao Long Bao here is scrumptious. A really delicate skin encapsulates a juicy meaty filling and they all arrived unbroken which is always a good sign of precision. Ginger was mixed within the filling rather than put on the side but I didn't really mind and at $6 for 6, it has to be one of the cheapest Xiao long bao in Sydney if i'm not mistaken .

Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao 9.80
You can see sweet flakes of crab within the mixture but I was under the impression that it was going to be all crab. At $9.80 for 6? Wishful thinking but it was delightful none the less.

Party De Elderflower 6.80
It tasted more like a raspberry grenadine with only the faintest hits of floral elderflower notes rather than a proper elderflower drink but it was quite refreshing.

Pan Fried Buns 7.80
This is the first time I've ever eaten anything like this and I find the combination fascinating. It's like the mixture of a juicy Xiao Long Bao filling and the softness of a bun along with the crisp fried bottom and it was quite delicious.

BBQ Pork pastry 7.80

The mother's day special; it had a thick saucy filling akin to a pork bun but an exterior of sweet bread.

Onion Pancake 6.80
Onion pancakes were a lot more successful; the generous filling of chives and crisp exterior won me over.

Fried Tofu 10.80
These weren't at all crunch and there wasn't much flavour, however the soft pillows of the interior kept me coming back for more. Maybe a little spritz of fried chive and chilli wouldn't go amiss.

Chicken Rice Paper 6.80
These consisted of thick glass noodles, chicken and a peanutey satay sauce. The flavour wasn't remarkable but they were polished off quickly.

Spicy Calamari 12.80
Probably one of the most disappointing things today, the octopus was very overcooked and had a rubbery texture. I found myself going for the much more successful shallot and chilli garnish.

Buddha's Wrap 7.80
 Not content on the sheer amount of food, my mum went and ordered more. I know where my love of food came from. Happy mothers' day to all mothers. As per tradition, the Buddha's delight rolls were served cold and the filling had precisely cut vegetables and each were scrumptious mouthfuls.

Shanghai Noodle 9.80
As if we weren't filled enough, the amount of noodles was staggering and the depth of the sauce was thoroughly enjoyable.

I'm rather disappointed that many Shanghainese staples aren't on the menu like spicy fried chicken and spicy beef noodle ramen and the service suffers, like a lot of Chinese eateries, through the mentality of getting people in and out as quickly as possible rather than actually making them feel welcome. Furthermore, although far from disappointing, the food does nothing to distinguish itself from other Shanghainese eateries quickly popping up around the North of Sydney. However my family enjoys this place, and the staggeringly beautiful, spacious dining area and the very reasonable prices are what will bring me back and I certainly wouldn't mind another visit.

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i would just love a quick fix of those shanghai noodles! ive seen pictures of the cutest panda buns here recently :)

Looks okay but nothing that would lure me that side of the bridge when there are plenty of similar places around here.

@ tastyfoodsnaps. Yeah I really would of liked to try those panda buns had I more stomach room. Always a problem.

@ joey. Admittedly yes. The dining area is superb but the food doesn't really stand out amongst the other shanghainese/ taiwanese restaurants

Eating nutritious food is that we can function better because without a nutritious and well-balanced meal people cannot focus and concentrate as well. It is a fact that the brain requires nutritious food especially fish so that we can think clearly and properly without any brain fog.

I went to Shanghai Stories again last night, just to see if they had improved.
They had improved indeed though, their prices have rocketed unfortunately.
Mixed reviews with this joint the pricing is quite high though the quality of the Xiao Long Bao here is better than New Shanghai.

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