|Clockwise from top left: Smoked Egg with Tofu - $10, Spicy Fish Slices - $12, Chicken Cooked in Wine - $12, Sweet and Sour Spareribs - $10|
The pungent smoked egg (which is actually a century egg), soy sauce and a bit of sugar balance perfectly to bring a powerful punch to the otherwise tasteless tofu. The dried shrimp also provides a nice crunch to the dish.
Despite the name, the fish slices are not actually spicy. Nevertheless, it is my mother's favourite dish - the dish has a strong umami flavour which penetrates through every piece. Beware of fish bones though!
The chicken pieces cooked in wine are incredibly soft and tender. The dish is served cold and has a delicate hint of shaoxing wine.
Mine and Jason's ultimate favourite cold dish is the spareribs. The sweet and sour flavours are well balanced and the chewy texture is makes for a great appetizer.
|Fried Beef with Deep Fried Bread - $18|
|Sigua with preserved pork|
|Baby Spinach in Soup with Preserved Egg - $20|
|Chinese Rice Cake|
|Salty Egg Yolks with Prawn Balls - $28|
|Wontons and Chicken Casserole - $22|
Like I said, there is a very good reason we keep coming back -we always leave satisfied.
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant can be found at the Northcote Shopping Centre, 49 Pearn Cresent, Northcote.