Just like relationships, there are many types of Chinese food. In terms of relationships, there are your high maintenance let me call you every hour for an update to the easy going ones.
In terms of Chinese food, there are numerous types depending on the region. At Shanghai Dumpling Shop, the chefs introduce a menu that highlights a few signature dishes in Shangahi.
Just stick your head in and take a look. Unlike Cantonese seafood restaurants, Shanghai restaurants do not showcase a fish tank featuring fresh swimming fish and lobster. Instead, they focus on comfort food dishes that can generally be eaten all day long. Arriving on the leafy streets in Millbrae, Shanghai Dumpling House stays on point.
Just like every scene in a well thought up play, each dish in an intentional order.
To whet the appetite, soy milk opens the palate with fresh bean taste. With a quick dunk into black tart vinegar, the pork dumpling does not disappoint. An inviting stream of soup arrives at the palate upon puncture. After wiping the corner of my lips, I start my rock ‘n roll dishes. Known to some as “Chinese spaghetti,” the Shanghai noodles flavored from dark soy display a chewy texture.
Arriving piping hot, the salty pork with vegetable clay pot is the comfort food dish. Chopped vibrant green vegetable marry well with the salty pork. Clay pot rice adds another dimension to the dish, providing another layer of nutty flavors to the pillow rice.
A few spoons of chili not only make me burst into sweets but just heighten my palate. The salt and pepper spare rib, despite being slightly dry, goes rice. Wok fried string bean adds a garden fresh touch balanced with wok fried garlic pieces that add a great “kicker.”
Shanghai Dumpling shop is a great pick for Sunday afternoon brunch.