342 Little Bourke St
Upon the recommendation of jetsettingjoyce, I decided to treat myself to some dumplings for lunch one day. The day was stinking hot, the location was a not-so-short-walk-but-too-short-for-a-tram away, but I was determined. And my determination and brief walk paid off.
Seated alone by the window bar, I ordered the mini fried buns and boiled pork dumplings. The view was essential Melbourne with old buildings towered by new (ish, anyway), and small non-descript laneways hiding a treasure trove of glorious food and eclectic shops.
Shanghai Street Dumpling House is a small diner-like eatery like many other Asian eateries around Melbourne. Limited seating is available, but the turn around of customers was quick from what I could observe, so the wait did not seem long for a table. Service is fast and efficient. Cash only. Really – a no fuss place. The focus is on the food.
And so it should be…
The mini fried buns were divine. A lovely slightly chewy wrapping that was steamed on top and crispy fried on the bottom, housing a yummy meat parcel inside and, it can be a bit of a surprise, a gloriously yummy soup. Yes, soup. Inside. Yum. Be careful as the soup can spurt out, or be a surprising burn on your tongue if you haven’t waited long enough.
The boiled pork dumplings were of a good sort. I’ve had some at other places that were definitely better, but this was not a disappointment. Teamed with the readily available vinegar sauce, this was as I expected. Scrumptious and a pleasure to eat.
The city is bursting with life at the moment. With many restaurants and eateries and all kinds of food available, it may be a while before I frequent Shanghai Street Dumpling House again. But then again, with those mini fried buns so tempting, I may be back sooner rather than later.
My one advise when dining at Shanghai Street Dumpling House, use the spoon!
*sheepishly* ok... ok... I did finish off this gluttonous lunch with a brief walk up the street to the Dessert House to slurp up a mango and pomelo with sago in coconut milk dessert. Perfect!