Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine: Steamed Soupy Pork Buns
If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant that serves up unexpectedly good food, you only have to visit Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine. This tiny eatery is tucked away in a mini mall on Kingsway, next to London Drugs, and fairly hidden from passing street traffic.
The menu is fairly limited here (as is the decor) and I wound up ordering the Shanghai Style Pan Fried Thick Noodles ($7.95) and their signature Steamed Pork Buns ($5.25). The Shanghai noodles came out rather quickly and was served up hot and fresh. The thick, round noodles were exactly what you’d expect from this dish and accompanied by a healthy dose of wok heat.
Not long after, my xiao long bao arrived at my table. The dumplings had a good amount of soup inside and had a somewhat thin wrapper aside from the thicker top twirl.
The vinegar dipping sauce here comes in a self-serve container that you can either pour out into a tiny saucer or pour directly into your dumpling after you take a bite out of the top (my preferred method). While you dine, you can watch them making the soupy dumplings in a tiny glass enclosure in the back of the restaurant.
It was a good thing that I came here for an early lunch because this tiny restaurant filled up by noon. I decided to revisit but during dinner. Knowing how quickly this place filled up, I made sure to come for an early dinner and ordered the Beef Roll ($5.25).
Their version had a thin, flaky wrapper with crunchy cucumber and thin green onions on the inside mixed with the sliced beef and hoisin sauce. This was actually a very good version as I prefer the thinner wrapper.
To mix things up, we ordered the Shanghai Curried Chicken with Rice ($8.75) which was served with preserved mustard greens. The curry was a typical Chinese yellow curry which lacks any curry flavour but it was a fairly solid and filling dish (with the addition of potatoes in the curry).
We ended our meal with the Wontons in Chili Sauce ($6.75). The chili sauce was indeed spicy and I used some of it with our curry rice dish to kick up the spice level.
If you’re looking for some pretty good soupy pork dumplings, make sure to give this place a try. Just remember that it gets busy and make sure you bring cash as they only accept cash here.
Posted on April 30, 2018, in Chinese, Restaurant Review and tagged Beef Roll, Chinese, Curry, Food, Hole-in-the-Wall, restaurant review, Shanghai Noodles, Shanghainese, Vancouver, Xiao Long Bao. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.