Taste of Shanghai & Meet Fresh, Eastwood

Last night Mr Girl Meets Sugar and I were in the mood for some authentic dirty Asian food – we weren’t really sure of which type of Asian food but it didn’t really matter because we knew we were guaranteed to find something good in Eastwood. Eastwood’s one of those places you go to if you ever want to feel like you’re in the middle of Asia but can’t be bothered fighting the crowds in Chinatown. I love it for its cheap eats and huge variety of asian grocery stores.

While walking around trying to decide on where to eat we spotted Taste of Shanghai. It had a decent line outside the front entrance so we figured we’d try it out to see what all the fuss was about.

For our entree we decided on the Shanghai Style Mini Steamed Pork Buns. These plump little parcels were incredible. Each dumpling is filled with seasoned pork mince and a small amount of hot soupy liquid.  It’s tricky biting into them without having jets of soup spray across the table.

Shanghai Style Mini Steamed Pork Buns (8 pieces) - $8.80

Whenever it’s available on the menu the hot and sour soup is always a must. I have no idea what all the random bits floating around in the liquid are but I love this soup! Taste of Shanghai’s version didn’t disappoint – it had just the perfect amount of tang.

Shanghai Style Hot & Sour Soup - $7.80

For our main we couldn’t go past the Braised Pork. Tender chunks of meat layered between ribbons of fat, all soaked in a sweet soy sauce – hello heart attack! Felt kinda guilty eating so much fatty meat but it was worth it.

Braised Pork with Eggs in House Special Soy Sauce - $22.80

Of course dessert was a must so we went across the road to the newly established Meet Fresh. We ordered the Mango Surpreme Crushed ice with extra taro balls. All I can say is YUM! I’ll let this picture do all the talking:

Supreme Mango Crushed Ice - $8

Taste of Shanghai, Eastwood – in a snapshot
200 Rowe Street, Eastwood 2122

  • Food: 7/10 – tasty without being overly oily; extensive menu list
  • Service: 6/10 – the ticketing system for the waiting line was a little disorganised; food arrived quickly
  • Value: 7/10 – a little pricey for Eastwood standards but generous serving sizes
  • Overall: 7/10 – would return, but mostly likely only for special occasions with a large group of people

Mango Sago Dessert

Hooray for Summer and hooray for mango season! What better way to celebrate than with a refreshing concoction of mango purée, evaporated milk and chewy balls of sago pearl goodness. This typically Asian dessert is served at most yum cha restaurants. The rubberiness of the sago lends this dessert a really unique texture and it’s one of those things that you either love or you hate. I personally love the stuff. I would add these little balls to everything I ate if I could.

Mango Sago Dessert

2 sweet mangos
1/2 cup of sago pearls
120ml evaporated milk
sugar syrup to taste (optional) – dissolve desired amount of sugar with small amount of boiling water 

Bring about 4 cups of water to boil in a saucepan. Add in sago pearls and bring to the boil. Leave it to boil for about 5 minutes and stir frequently so the balls don’t end up sticking to each other. Once you see that the balls are transparent with a small white dot in the centre turn off the heat. Leave covered for 20 minutes.

Drain the sago from the hot water in a strainer, rinse under cold running water until it cools down and water runs clear. Set aside.

Peel and cut mango into cubes. Set aside a handful of cubes for garnish.

Using a blender or electric mixer, blend the mango to a thick smooth texture. Combine it with the evaporated milk.

If it’s not sweet enough add sugar syrup to desired sweetness.

In a bowl mix the blended mango, cubed mango and sago pearls. Stir well until well combined.

Chill in fridge prior to serving.