The empire has landed in World Square, giving shoppers a step up from the usual food court fare. Here you can have a bottle of wine – the T’Gallant Juliet Pinot Grigio ($36/bottle, $7.50/glass) goes down swimmingly – and gorge on dumplings all day and night. The Xiao Long Bao ($9.80) are the famous soup dumplings – so delicious it’s hard to wait out the impending hot explosion of soup inside. On the safer side, the Shrimp and Chive Dumplings ($13.80), are festively green and tasty to match – sure to please everyone. The Deep Fried Chicken Fillet ($20.80) with chilli and equal measures of salt, pepper and sweetness, is finger-licking good. To balance the defiant flavours you’ll need heapings of fried rice, or simply throw back some jasmine tea. The Stir Fried Snow Pea Sprout ($16.80) with XO sauce make a nice in-between dish to cleanse the palate. For dessert we’re shown the Chinese New Year favourite: Sesame Taro Pastry ($7.80) (six halves) served with Sesame Rice Balls in Fermented Rice Soup ($6.80). It might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely a textural experience for the mouth. For good Chinese comfort food in a buzzing environment, head downtown for a taste of the good stuff.
Taste of Shanghai
644 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9261 8832 tosau.com.au