I should have written this post few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I was tied up by piles of assignments. So before my finals is coming in two weeks time, I need to get all these posts I intended to share out a.s.a.p. =)
Let's start with the location of the shop. It is actually situated in Queens Plaza Lower Ground Food Court, next to Coles.
This is how it looks from the exterior. There is a see through window with some seats outside where customers are allowed to look at how the famous Chinese dumplings and pork buns are made. There is also an open area seating outside as well.
Here are some of the pictures of the interior. I only manage to capture some pictures when they are about to closed. So, most of the pictures of the interior are with the chairs up on the table. but I must say, the interior design looks like traditional Chinese street stalls with some modern touch ups.
The design of the menu looks like a simple version of a Chinese edict. Simple yet has its Chinese element on it.
We started our dinner with some hot Chinese tea. Of course, not to missed out a snapshot of myself and my friend, Lorie.
Sweet and Sour Pork Rib with Dark Vinegar Sauce - (Rating: 6.5/ 10)
Each of the small bites are covered with the sweet sauce and vinegar sauce which compliments really well with the ribs. The portion is actually fairly small, more likely to served as appetizer.
Braised Pork Belly with Sweet Soy Sauce - (Rating: 7/ 10)
This dish is definitely for pork lovers. The portion of fat and lean meat is just nice. Not too fat, not too lean. The moment you take a bite, the juicy part of the fat meat would just melt in your mouth.
Stir Fried String Beans with Dried Shrimps and Soy Sauce - (Rating: 5/ 10)
It is actually quite a normal vegetable dish. Personally, I love it but it actually taste similar in most of the Chinese restaurant. If you have never tried this dish, I would recommend but if you've tried it somewhere else. May be you should try something else this time!
Stir Fried Chinese Rice Cake with X.O. Sauce and Shredded Pork - (Rating: 8/ 10)
This is highly recommended. The Chinese rice cake is chewy and not too soft; compliments well with the savory X.O. sauce. The shredded pork in it gives the dish a different texture as to the soft chewy rice cake.
Xiao Long Bao - Steamed Mini Pork Bun - (Rating: 8.5/ 10)
A good steamed mini pork bun depends very much on the skin - it either makes or breaks the whole dish. The skin was not too thick and yet it holds the meat and soup in it nicely. The first sip of the soup was amazingly delicious. For those of you who have never tried this before, just try to remember try picking up the Xiao Long Bao from the top and sip it through the top if possible. Be careful of the hot juicy soup and not let it spill after your first bite!
Pan Fried Pork Bun - (Rating: 7/ 10)
This is a pan fried pork bun with juicy meat in it. The texture is very different from the steam pork bun. It has to be consumed while it's still hot. If not, the pan fried layer would soften and soggy when it's cold. Look at the juice dripping off from the bun! Yum yum yum~
Here's an overall rating for New Shanghai Queens Plaza, Brisbane City - 7/ 10
Food Quality: 7.5/10 (Recommended to try!)
Service: 6/ 10 (Service should be improved. Waiters and waitresses wasn't very pleasant.)
Ambiance: 8/ 10 (Awesome design with great space and environment. Cleanliness is good.)
Click HERE for more information about New Shanghai. Enjoy!