Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shanghai Ting 上海亭


UPDATE: Shanghai Ting is currently under new management. Based on both my experience and what I've heard from others, the food quality has deteriorated significantly and the prices have been increased. So the comments in the following review no longer apply.

Shanghai Ting is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Richmond. It's located in the Empire Centre food court, a small place with lots of options.


The most famous dish here is the xiao long bao ($3.50). People come here just for this because of the great value. You get 6 for only $3.50 while most restaurants would charge at least $5 for the same portion. They were extremely juicy with lots of soup inside and I think they tasted even better than the ones from Shanghai River and Shanghai Wonderful.


The sour and spicy soup ($3.50) was also very good, probably one of the best I've had in Vancouver. There were tender bits of pork, smooth chunks of soft tofu, with just a dash of spice and vinegar.


The shepherd's purse and pork dumpling ($5.50) is another famous Shanghainese dim sum. We got 10 dumplings in a clear broth with dried shrimp and green onions.


The food tasted great and was very good value for the price. The only downside was the food court setting with uncomfortable seating and plastic bowls and utensils. But for the sake of good food, that shouldn't be much of a problem.

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7 comments:

Buddha Girl on August 21, 2011 1:40 am said...

Glad you liked it! It's one of my go-to places too!!! The chef was formerly the dim-sum chef at a famous hotel in Shanghai.

krispymilk on August 21, 2011 2:19 am said...

Oooo yea I was surprised that food court fare would be so tasty, especially considering the low prices! Great place for a casual lunch.

pyaria on August 21, 2011 8:13 pm said...

mmm.. hot and sour soup.... totally a bad habit.

krispymilk on August 21, 2011 9:51 pm said...

Why is hot and sour soup a bad habit?

pyaria on August 22, 2011 9:29 pm said...

b/c it tastes so good! But I don't trust its nutritional worth...

Janice on August 24, 2011 12:12 am said...

Wow the xiao long bao really do look good. Never heard of this place before, thanks for posting! I hardly ever go to the food court in that mall!

krispymilk on August 24, 2011 12:36 am said...

Yea me too! That mall looks a bit shabby from the outside. But this place is cheap and yummy!

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