I love Earl Grey and finger sandwiches, but there are times when I prefer my savory and steaming Chinese tea – the dim sum.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I woke up to a growling stomach, opened my fridge and shook my head, and popped down to Chinatown for some delectable snacks.
I followed my nose right into Shanghai Asian Manor.
The restaurant itself might seem small, but the food is guaranteed to fill you up. See? The kids totally agreed with me. They just kept coming in.
Starting off with my favorite steamed shrimp dumplings.
Followed by plenty of pan fried pork buns. Juicy and succulent, they can make the perfect comfort food.
I know what you’re thinking: not healthy! Okay, how about some hand-pulled noodles swimming in a hearty broth of seafood and vegetables?
If you’ve ever seen the process of making hand-pulled noodles, you’d be fascinated by the sight. Folded in half again and again, the dough is stretched and slapped on a hard surface, making it incredibly chewy.
And at last, the arrival of the famous Shanghai soup dumplings.
To dine like a proper Shanghai lady (or gentleman), refrain yourself from diving right into the dumplings the second they arrive at your table. Give it a couple minutes, let them cool down a little. By doing this, you avoid tearing up the dumplings and emptying all the juices when the skin is still too soft from all the heat. Now, very gently pick up the dumpling with your chopsticks and place it on your spoon. Chomp down the knot on the top and allow the steam to escape first, then suck the broth out.
I came hungry and left happy. It was surely a delicious afternoon snack that’s as satisfying as a full meal.