Melbourne: Lunch at Shanghai Street

Saturday, March 1, 2014

After a morning of walking around, we were definitely in the mood for a delicious lunch. And we already knew what we wanted – dumplings. It’s Melbourne right? There’s got to be amazing Asian cuisine around. The only problem was, where can we get great dumplings.

With an 89% rating on Urbanspoon, our decision was easy. A short walk soon found us joining the queue outside of Shanghai Street. Simple rules in the world of food: If you want good food, go where the queues are.

(Took this photo after lunch, no longer a line up outside)

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A bustling little shop with small tables and limited seating area. Staff handed us menus while we waited in line and took our orders when we were ready. Luckily, we were near the beginning of the queue and turnover was quick.

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We were soon settled into a small table for 2 and awaited our food. The worst thing about going to a dumpling restaurant with only 2 people? You only have enough belly room to try a limited number of items… unless you want to take away lots of leftovers.

Xiao long bao (pork soup dumplings) was our first dish to come out. Piping hot and filled with delicious broth. Even with utmost gentleness we had a few dumpling leaks, a shame! Although the dumpling skins were nice and thin, I wish they were a slightly more sturdier.

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Our second dish (and last) dish was fried pork buns. These had a much thicker, chewier skin but were also filled with soup. Take care with these ones! Bite the top off and suck the soup off rather than munching it directly or you’ll end up squirting hot soup in someone’s eye! 😉

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We did want to try the egg custard buns but unfortunately they were unavailable.

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The fried pork buns seemed quite popular as many people around us were enjoying them as well. While we were eating, a couple waiting to be seated even approached us to say those looked really appetizing and asked what the name of the dish was so they could order it too.

Both types of dumplings were generous in size, hot and flavoursome with good texture. Although quite busy and you may have to queue, the line moves quickly and the food is definitely worth the wait. Did I mention everything is also very reasonably priced? Less than $20 for our dishes that left us stuffed! The staff was consistently pleasant and we certainly left pleased and looking forward to a future visit. Our only regret was not being to try more dishes!

Shanghai Street Dumpling on Urbanspoon

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