Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant

Xiaolongbao again? Yes… I just can’t get enough of sucking on those hot-liquid-bursting buns in my mouth! This time I found myself sitting inside Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant, which is actually a part of the Best Western Hotel on Bridgeport, and hanging out with my girl Jane. Jane is just always awesome and we often share good laughs together.

First came the Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce. When most restaurants serve this dish with minced garlic all over the pork, here the you can’t barely see any garlic in dish. Instead they infuse the garlicky flavour in the chili oil. The thinly sliced pork is neatly arranged and looking quite elegant on the plate. And they totally nail the texture of the pork belly, which is juicy and succulent but still has a good bite to it.

Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce
Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce

Oh look at those little juicy buns and how can you not like them just by looking at them. The Xiaolongbao here is just as solid as what you can find at any other good Shanghainese restaurant in the city. The thin skin, the lovely broth with subtle pork flavour and the well textured pork filling, all are quite satisfactory to our palate.

Xiaolongbao / Soup Dumplings
Xiaolongbao / Soup Dumplings
Xiaolongbao / Soup Dumplings
Xiaolongbao / Soup Dumplings

Thanks to the crispy wrapper and the right amount of Hoisin and green onion, the Beef Roll is tasty. However they use corn beef instead braised beef shank, which is normally used at other Shanghainese places. Not sure if they make their own corn beef, but I rather prefer the slightly chewy braised beef made the in house, the one with the extra kick from the Chinese 5 spices. Now this just taste too much like a pancake roll made from Peking Duck, and the taste of beef is almost nonexistent.

Beef Roll
Beef Roll

Jane wanted some noodle soup and picked the Kao Fu Noodle Soup. I kept thinking that Kao Fu was a type of tofu, but soon realized it was just chunks of wheat gluten flour. As Kao Fu has a firm and almost meat-like texture, it is a popular ingredient in Chinese vegetarian restaurants for cheeky dishes like ‘Vegetarian Chicken’. In this noodle dish, I found it a little too salty as it was heavily marinated with soy sauce. We just couldn’t handle the gluten overload and barely had a few bites because we were pretty full already.

Kao Fu Noodle Soup
Kao Fu Noodle Soup

Overall the food quality at Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant is pretty solid. Their Xiaolongbao is tasty although not super amazing. when the sum dim style lunch is more suitable for a smaller party, the dinner experience will be much better if you come with a bigger party (at least 6 people), which are the typical deals for the Shanghainese restaurants in the city.

Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant
Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant

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3 Comments

  1. My family and I used to have XLBs at many different places around town and found that Shanghai Wonderful produced consistently above average XLBs. We found them to be better than those at Shanghai River (though Shanghai River beats Shanghai Wonderful in terms of careful preparation and detail in many other things).

    Which place do you think serves the best XLBs?

    • Picky Diner

      Hi Raymond! My favorite XLB spot is Top Shanghai Cuisine in Richmond. Their dumplings are always consistent and I love the extra hint of aroma from the radish. I had broken dumplings at Shanghai River last time so it was kind of disappointing. But I agree with you on their better execution on large dishes.

      • Oh yes, Top Shanghai Cuisine is very good at making XLBs, and I believe they have several different kinds too. I still like their regular pork one the best though. It’s always so difficult to get a table there!

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