Taste of Shanghai - CBD

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I love dumplings, Mr. Nomnom loves dumplings, and I certainly believe everyone loves dumplings! There's no reason not to like this soul-satisfying comfort food and they're easily found anywhere you go around the world. 

Known as a large chain restaurant specializing in classic Shanghai style cuisine, Taste of Shanghai has just reopened their World Square store with a brand new look and it's not a surprise to see a long line of people outside waiting to be seated.

Xiao Long Bao (XLB) is definitely our favorite type of dumpling. The original version is filled with pork but this time we ordered the one with crab meat on the inside. The crab flavour was light, the skin was a bit thick, but the combination of meat, spice and soup was already satisfying. Best eaten when it's still hot but be very careful when you bite them as the soup inside can easily burn your tongue.

Slippery and slick, this juicy Wonton is drenched in sauce and roasted chili oil. The skin was smooth and thin enough for a pleasant chew, the filling was moist and the sauce had all the combination of sweet, salty with a delicious aroma of sesame. 

Whenever you see XLB on the menu, their breadier pan-fried sibling - Sheng Jian Bao aka Pan Fried Pork Bun shall not be missed as well. Filled with a flavourful pork filling, this version is a little less soupy compared to XLB, crisp brown on the bottom and tender everywhere else as the result of both pan frying and steaming in the same pan. 

Also known for their hand made noodles, we decided to go for their Spicy Beef Brisket Noodle Soup. The brisket came in chunks and stewed till soft but not that meltingly tender, the noodle was overcooked and lost its springy texture, the soup was bland and unfortunately we didn't enjoy this one very much. 

I am familiar with Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls in sweet soup) but this is my first time having the Shanghai-style Fermented Rice Soup. Steamy, slippery, and gooey, this dessert has translucent white soup, speckled with rice and yellowish bits of osmanthus. I expected it'd have a slight tang of alcohol but it's actually sweet with extra enjoyment when the little rice balls burst open to reveal an inner core of black sesame paste. 

I love Almond Tea for dessert especially after knowing it can lower your cholesterol level and also brightens and moisturizes your skin too! LOL! The fragrance of the almond is so strong that makes you love it or hate it - in my case, I love it very much! I like its mildly sweet taste with a cleansing feel and the texture is more like a liquid rather than a dessert creme.

Taste of Shanghai 
Shop 9.07, World Square Shopping Centre
644 George Street, CBD
Opening Hours:
11am to 10 pm daily
Taste of Shanghai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

-Let's Nomnom dined as guests of Taste of Shanghai. All opinions here are our own and independent-


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