Mr Bacon guestpost:
So a couple of years ago, I embarked on a journey to try all the different variations of Chinese food… in particular those from the “Northern” region of China, sometimes they were a hit and other times I found the food to be bland or not as tasty as what I am accustomed to. If you’re not familiar with the regional differences of Chinese food, this PerthNow article sums it up pretty well.
Being of Chinese-Vietnamese background, I ate a lot of Chinese food growing up…. ranging from Dim Sum to Chinese Banquets, to the food my family cooked (Teo Chew cuisine) and the Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants of Chinese origin that we frequented. Essentially, I was eating “Southern Chinese” food. Any Chinese food outside of these regions were completely unfamiliar to me.
During this journey, I stumbled upon Shanghai Flavours, an unsuspecting little restaurant in Northbridge a couple of months ago and it was so delicious that we went back for dinner that same night!
Here’s our favourite dishes:
Sheng Jian Bao (Pan-fried Pork Mini Buns) – $7
Shanghai Flavours is the only restaurant in Perth that makes this Shanghai favourite and boy is it good! If you haven’t tried this before, it kind of tastes like what a BBQ Pork Bun and a Shanghai soup dumpling (Xiao Long Bao) gave birth to… and then fried crispy on a pan. It was this dish that made me and LittleMissBacon fall in love with this place. Like the Xiao Long Bao, it is best eaten with Chinese vinegar, I like to also add with Chilli Oil.
The dough is soft and fluffy and with every bite you get the juicy pork soup dumpling filling.
Xialong Bao (Shanghai Steamed Pork Mini Buns) – $7
The skin not as silky as the pre-made ones available at dimsum places such as Dragon Palace, but the flavoursome soup is really what sets it apart.
Pan Fried Dumplings – $7
These are probably my favourite pan fried dumplings in Perth… the skin is nice and crispy. I think the filling is also the same as the other two dumplings.
If you love your dumplings or looking for something to warm your belly up on a cold winter night… definitely give Shanghai Flavours a try.