Searching for a “laowai-friendly” place to have some good dumplings? Well, Maggie Chan´s Shanghai Dumplings (Jiang Rong Xin) offers an acceptable version of xiao long bao where you can relax and also enjoy the Chinese atmosphere surrounding you.
Why is that? They have an open and clean kitchen to see the cooking process, the menu is in English, the staff is helpful and they have “international” versions of dumplings. That means they offer "off-the-mainstream dumplings", a sorto of non-traditional ones, for example: foie gras, waygu beef and pork, saffron and pork, peanut butter and pork, even a colorful selection for the moments posts -and many others (worth to explore the “International Style menu”). Of course slightly pricier than the less fancy ones and they are located close to The Bund.
Went for lunch and decided –first- to try the traditional ones: pork, shrimp and salted egg. The menu is very wide, maybe too much; they also have Sichuan dishes, Shanghainese dishes, noodles, rice, soups, etc. I would suggest focusing only in dumplings if you go there.
The pork and salted egg were okay, nothing memorable, not thaaat tasty. The best was the shrimp one. After that, I had a black truffle and pork which was really good, could taste the excellent combination of both ingredients. The problem is that just one piece is 35 RMB, so if you want to have an affordable lunch like me you better go with the classic variety.
Overall impression: if you want to try something different than the well-known Xiao long bao this restaurant is accurate, but have in mind that is not going to be a cheap dumpling meal like you might imagine or you are used to.
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