Therefore, when I'm tired and just can't be bothered to cook for myself, or whoever is responsible for cooking dinner that night is tired and just can't be bothered, I'd rather we choose the lesser of two evils and go someplace like a Chinese dumpling or noodle place rather than bow down to the Golden Arches.
At least the food from those places smell and taste good, even though the fat content in a single deep-fried radish pastry from New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant probably throws any dietary guideline right out the window.
We've been to this restaurant so many times in the past that we pretty much bypassed the menu all-together. The first plate of Pan Fried Pork Buns we ordered arrived at our table almost instantaneously. That, and the fact that they weren't piping hot inside made us suspect that these were probably left over from an earlier cooked batch. Not that there was anything wrong with them...it's just that it would've been nicer knowing they were made to order. Still, they were wonderfully crusty on the bottom, and the meat filling was tender and flavoursome as always. We ordered another two plates to take away and have for breakfast the next day.
Next to arrive was the Drunken Chicken - tender, juicy chicken pieces soaked in shaoxing wine. Our designated driver refused to touch this dish in case it gave a positive reading on a RBT, lol :D Oh well, more for me!
The Pork Xiao Long Bao was filled with yummilicious juices. Personally, I never understood the point of going to Ding Tai Fung. Get your (cheap!) xiao long bao fix here instead!
We ordered the preserved egg and lean meat congee for our designated driver. It's the family comfort food :D
The second of our cold dishes was the Shanghai-style deep fried fish soaked in herb, spice and dark soy sauce. Quite a mouthful, but very delicious, especially paired with the congee!
The Seafood Combination on Stir Fried Noodle seemed to cause our waitress no small amount of consternation, since she came back to our table no less than three times confirming various aspects of the dish - what kind of noodles did we want? stir fried or deep fried? with this sauce or that sauce? Anyway, we managed to get there in the end. The noodles were only okay; not something we'd order the next time.
The last item to arrive were those deep fried radish pastries I talked about earlier. Why is it that I always go for the unhealthiest thing on the menu? These were absolutely addictive. It took some serious self-control not to eat more than one.
And that, my friends, is how fast food should be done!
New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
273 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131
Phone: (02) 9797 7284