New Shanghai, Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant, Chatswood


Xiao Long Bao with black vinegar

Xiao long bao with black vinegar

The huge metropolis and mini CBD on the lower north shore of Sydney that is Chatswood is booming with the construction and extension of the Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre.

This suburb’s 10km close proximity to Sydney CBD has seen real estate prices boom and a flurry of brand new restaurant openings in recent years. There is a pre-dominance of Chinese people from Hong Kong and South East Asia in the local community and this has resulted in a selection of good Asian and Chinese restaurants.

Older restaurants are feeling the heat of competition from newer ones and are upping their game in terms of decor and food offerings.

The crowd queuing to get into New Shanghai for Sunday lunch

The crowd queuing to get into New Shanghai for Sunday lunch

We have been regulars at New Shanghai over the last couple of years and we take a number in the lunch queue. The crowd is eager as people wait for their seats in the revamped food hall in Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre on this busy Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t help that we have chosen to lunch here at 1.00pm, perhaps the busiest lunch session of the week.

We are given a table after a 40-minute wait during which we have looked at the menu and decided on sticking to our tried and tested favourites.

Xiao Long Bao with black vinegar

Xiao long bao with black vinegar $7.80

The xiao long bao comes in a steaming basket containg eight pieces of these delicate dumplings. The recommended way to devour these dumplings is to carefully place one on a chinese spoon, making sure to not burst the delicate skin which contains the pork mince and hot broth inside.

Xiao Long Bao with black vinegar

Xiao long bao with black vinegar

Gently drizzle a little black vinegar and place the entire dumpling in your mouth, whilst being very careful about the hot broth in the dumpling. Having been to quite a few northern chinese restaurants, I believe these xiao long bao are probably the best in Sydney as the skin is always soft and delicate while the mince meat and broth are fragrant and flavoursome.

Pork and spinach wontons $9.90

Pork and spinach wontons $8.80

A bowl of pork and spinach wontons arrives in a hot savoury broth topped with diced shallots.  The wonton skin is silky soft  and smooth. Each mouthful is wonderfully tasty as it gently slithers down my throat.

Braised beef in noodles soup $10.80

Braised beef in noodles soup $10.80

By far my favourite dish in this restaurant is the braised beef in noodles soup. The portion is huge by any standard where fresh hand-pulled noodles and choi sum are topped with diced haam choi (salted cabbage) and super tender chunks of beef shin that literally melts in your mouth.

Chinese chilli sauce

Chinese chilli sauce

The gelatinous texture of the beef shin adds extra appeal especially when it is dipped into the classic chinese chilli sauce that is mildly spicy with a beautiful salty complexity from its yellow bean paste mixture.

Braised beef in noodles soup $10.80

Braised beef in noodles soup $10.80

The hearty and flavoursome broth and soft noodles are also one of the best hangover remedies from a big Saturday night out.

Dining room, New Shanghai, Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre

Dining room, New Shanghai, Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre

Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre is also a great place to walk off the lunch afterwards.

New Shanghai
Lower Ground Level, Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
345, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 2067
Tel: +612 9412 3358

Opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Thursday 11.00am – 9.30pm
Friday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 11.00am – 9.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 9.00pm

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant  on Urbanspoon

Today is a Chatswood food safari day for us as we loiter around the shops in the afternoon to avoid a second trip here later in the evening as we are meeting friends for dinner at Fook Yuen seafood restaurant.

Fook Yuen seafood restaurant, Chatswood

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccolli

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccolli

This local chinese restaurant has been a stayer in Chatswood for many years. It offers a fairly decent yum cha during lunch trade and morphs into fine Cantonese cuisine for dinner.

Like most chinese restaurants, it pays to know the restaurant manager who can recommend special dishes which, at times, are not even on the menu.

We are here tonight with friends who have pre-ordered some special dishes and have brought some beautiful wines to accompany the food.

2005 Rouge Homme Shiraz Cabernet

2005 Rouge Homme Shiraz Cabernet

A complimentary soup of the day arrives to whet our appetite. The hearty soup is gently sweet with soft carrots and pork meat.

Complimentary soup of the day

Complimentary soup of the day

This soup is the perfect starter for a cold winter night.

2010 West Cape Howe chardonnay

2010 West Cape Howe chardonnay

A 2010 West Cape Howe chardonnay is soft and buttery and a beautiful wine to complement a special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli.

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccolli

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli

The special dumpling is an elegant dish as the bright orange tobiko and green broccoli vie for flying colours.

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli

We are told this is a chef’s special and is only available at certain times depending on availability and freshness of ingredients.

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli

Special dumpling with tobiko and broccoli

The delicate skin of the dumpling is smooth and silky. Once opened, the innards of prawns, chinese mushroom, scallops and water chestnut ooze out in a thick gooey broth.

Innards of special dumplings - delicate seafood, mushroom and water chestnut

Innards of special dumplings - delicate seafood, mushroom and water chestnut

The filling is subtle and yet sweet with a slight crunch from the water chestnuts. This tasty dish receives the seal of approval from all of us.

Tea smoked duck

Tea smoked duck

A large plate of tea smoked duck arrives thinly sliced with its glowing deep golden skin and the unmistakable smoky aroma catching our attention.

The duck meat is gently pink and laced with a beautiful and tasty layer of fat.

Chinese soft buns

Chinese steamed buns

A basket of chinese steamed buns arrives in time to accompany the duck.

Tea smoked duck with chinese steamed buns

Tea smoked duck with chinese steamed buns

The buns are soft and fairly neutral in flavour, designed to wrap each piece of succulent and tender duck to be eaten in one delicious mouthful.

2009 Ballewindi Pinot Noir

2009 Ballewindi Pinot Noir

A 2009 Ballewindi Pinot Noir is the perfect accompaniment for the luscious and smoky duck flavours with its soft tannins and plummy flavours, sending me into a momentary bliss as I closed my eyes to savour the lingering taste on my palate.

Chinese waxed duck with lupcheong, yuencheong and choi sum

Chinese waxed duck with lupcheong, yuencheong and choi sum

A chinese waxed duck with lupcheong, yuencheong and choi sum is another cracker of a dish. The wax duck is slightly salty as it should be but the chinese and liver sausages are sweet in balancing the flavours.

Steamed rice with special sweet black sauce

Steamed rice with special sweet black sauce

A large bowl of rice arrives to accompany the waxed duck and sausages.

Steamed rice with special sweet black sauce

Steamed rice with special sweet black sauce

Each grain of rice is al dente and enhanced by a special sweet black sauce drizzle.

Chinese waxed duck with lupcheong, yuencheong, steamed rice and choi sum

Chinese waxed duck with lupcheong, yuencheong, steamed rice and choi sum

The next dish to arrive is a special deep fried prawn and tofu fritters. Each tofu square is gently fried to a delicate crisp and golden brown outside while the tofu and prawn cutlet are soft and yielding inside.

Deep fried prawn and tofu fritters

Deep fried prawn and tofu fritters

A special sauce gives the crispy fritters some softness and sweet savoury taste.

Deep fried prawn and tofu fritters with special sauce

Deep fried prawn and tofu fritters with special sauce

On the numerous occasions that we have dined at Fook Yuen, this is by far the best meal, mainly because the dishes tonight are delicate in its balance of flavours, bold and yet not overpowering.

Dessert of sago and coconut milk

Complimentary dessert of sago and coconut milk

A complimentary dessert of sago and coconut milk with chinese baked cookies make a light end to our meal.

Dessert of sago and coconut milk

Complimentary dessert of sago and coconut milk

Chinese baked cookies

Complimentary Chinese baked cookies

Mandarins are in season and makes its way onto our table at the end of our meal.

Complimentary mandarins

Complimentary mandarins

So dear readers, do you have a favourite chinese dish to share with us?

Dining room, Fook Yuen, Chatswood

Dining room, Fook Yuen, Chatswood

Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre

Trading hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 9.30am  - 5.30pm

Thursday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
Saturday – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday and Public Holidays – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant
7 Help street, Chatwood 2067

Tel: +61 2 9413 2688

Fook Yuen Seafood on Urbanspoon

West Cape Howe Wines
14923 Muir Highway, Mount Barker
Western Australia 6324
‘Old Goundrey Property’
Tel: +61 8 9892 1444
Fax: + 61 8 9851 2999
Email: info@wchowe.com.au

Ballewindi Vineyard
263 Red Hill road
Red Hill South
Mornington Peninsula
Victoria 3937
Tel: +61 3 5989 4444
Email: info@portfhillipestate.com.au

comments
This entry was posted in Eating in Sydney and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to New Shanghai, Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant, Chatswood

  1. I’m about to pass out with all these dishes. The dumplings with Tobiko are so pretty! This is a great idea for making it a bit fancier. Love it! And the sago with coconut…. perfect way to end the meal. I had Chinese food last night at my favorite Shanghainese restaurant. I can eat Chinese again! Thanks for sharing the food pics. You must be always busy taking pictures and eating… ;-)

  2. It all looks amazing but I am hooked on those wontons!

  3. I can summarise this whole post in one word -”WOW”

    I’m probably the only food blogger that hasn’t been to New Shanghai yet! Will be checking it out soon.

    Fook Yuen looks awesome too! especially the duck dishes.

  4. Nice, I love Xiao Long Bao and I’ve been craving for dumplings for a while now… Fook Yuen seems very generous with their complimentary dishes, the duck dishes sound great!

  5. Wowza, what an action packed post. I’m drooling, how you could even think after that. Love the wines and the fried prawn. I’m drooling. Good thing I know where my IPad has been, I can lick the screen and know I’ll be fine. :) I’ve never been, but clearly I need too. Thanks for a fabio post I’m hooked. :)

  6. There’s always such a line to get into New Shanghai but it’s not that large so I can see why. Plus the food is good and you can buy an extra serve of XO sauce!

  7. The best xlb in Sydney, that’s a big call. If that is the case why haven’t I been there yet?

  8. Joanne says:

    All of this food looks amazing! you’re making me jealous that I don’t live closer!

  9. Su-Lin says:

    Not sure why but I can’t stop staring at those wontons! The special dumplings and the rice with the sweet black sauce are giving them a run for their money though!

  10. Carolyn Jung says:

    You are killing me with those close-up shots of dumplings. I am a fiend for a good dumpling and those have me hankering for dozens and dozens. ;)

  11. sugarpuffi says:

    holy crap thats a lot of food! its been a while since ive been to chatties~was my hood yo!

  12. Have not been to Fook Yuen in ages, a lot of my favourites are there :)

  13. Now that’s a day of feasting. Favourite Chinese for me are the sturdy dumplings from Chinese Noodle Restaurant in Haymarket. The Hungry One took me there for our second date, eight years ago. Here in London, I miss them terribly .

  14. You know I’m officially a fan of your spoon pictures! ;)

    I love that they served the food with olive wood serving spoons. Looks like you’ve been in dumpling paradise there! :)

  15. JasmyneTea says:

    Your photos are making me HUNGRY. Looks like a trip to Chatswood is in order…

  16. awesome specialties here, especially loving all the delicious dim sum!

  17. vivienne says:

    your post reminded me that i haven’t had chinese food for a looong time (despite growing up with it!) i tend to go to the new shanghai branch inside lemon grove and not inside chatswood chase…altho the deco there def looks much better!
    gonna have yum cha at fook yuen this wkend me thinks!

  18. Claire Hill says:

    Oh wow, those pictures made me so hungry!! I want all of that now :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>