The One With Shanghai Lane – A Taste Of The Oriental

The other half was craving for xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) one night, and I vaguely recall a Shanghainese restaurant in the valley that I never dared to venture into. In fact, there are quite a couple of places in Happy Valley that I always shy away from because… because their menus are in Chinese. Or so I thought.

Well, the menu at Shanghai Lane was bilingual. Who would have thought! This brightly lit restaurant was abuzz with milling waiters and hungry patrons, though it wasn’t packed and we were seated at possible the prime spot – a table for four right by the window. The service was super efficient when our first order arrived at the table less than five minutes after we ordered, so I suspected mediocre food. But boy was I in for a surprise!

Shanghai Lane Happy Valley

We ordered a portion of the dan dan noodles in chilli sauce to be shared. I loved the peanut-y taste in the broth of dan dan noodles, and the version at Shanghai Lane didn’t disappoint. We slurped up every last strand of noodles in an attempt to get all the delicious, slightly spicy broth. In retrospect we should have just ordered two portions of that.

Shanghai Lane Happy Valley

My favourite of the night was the pan-fried preserved vegetables, soybean pod, shredded pork and beancurd – in short, a mix of all my favourite ingredients in one bowl. Delighted, I was, with this vibrant mix of greens. I suspected they even threw in some sliced celery for that extra bite of crunchiness, which just went down so well.

Shanghai Lane Happy Valley

No Shanghainese dinner would be complete without the obligatory fried sticky rice cakes. There were a couple of different varieties available, and we picked the one with pickled cabbage and shredded pork. A wise choice, if a tad too oily.

Shanghai Lane Happy Valley

And of course, the reason we were there. The xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) were served steaming hot, with vinegar and some sliced ginger. It went down a treat, winning approval from the other half. The dumplings were just juicy enough to tickle your taste buds.

All in all our adventure in Shanghai Lane went pretty great. The restaurant is a great place for affordable, delicious taste of the Pearl of the Oriental.

Shanghai Lane
10, Min Fat Street
Happy Valley
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2891 6629

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