After a particularly late but enjoyable night catching up with a childhood friend visiting from London, which culminated in us getting home not long after sunrise, Monsieur Poisson and I understandably did not awake until the early afternoon. Lunch ended up being at around 3pm that day and instead of the usual oily, fried breakfasts in which I usually seek comfort after a big night out, our appetites were drawn towards the soul-restoring comforts of dumplings.
As we were not feeling very energetic, we only got as far as New Shanghai Chatswood and not the newer one at Chatswood Chase. We start off with the requisite Shanghainese soup dumplings, ‘xiao long bao’ (小籠包) which we happily slurp up easily as they require little chewing.
This is followed by Shanghainese stir-fried noodles (上海粗炒麵) which appears as a larger than expected serve. A mound of thick noodles flavoured with soy sauce are intertwined with strips of pork and ‘choy sum’ (菜心).
Strangely the dish that we order first is the last to be served. The savoury ‘Shallot Pancake’ (蔥油餅) makes for a great flaky, pastry snack and also satisfies our need for something a little oily. So I may not be indulging in a fried breakfast but I never said I was foregoing oiliness altogether!
New Shanghai Chatswood (新上海)
Shop 20, Lemon Grove Shopping Centre, 427-441 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW
Tel: (02) 9415 3536
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-8pm