Shanghai River is probably the most popular Shanghainese restaurant in Richmond, ever since it first opened many years ago. A lot of the Shanghainese restaurants you see today are actually owned and operated by former employees of Shanghai River, but it still remains to be the most popular one. This is one restaurant that you have to make a reservation for regardless of time of day and day of week. We made a reservation earlier that Saturday morning for dim sum, which was already too late. We ended up waiting for thirty minutes or so.
We ended up sitting in the small room, which consistently reminded me of China. There's something about those cold hard stone walls that screams China. All the servers were quite busy and it was a bit hard to get their attention, especially sitting in such a closed space.
First thing that we always order are the steamed minced pork dumplings / xiao long bao ( , $7.50 for eight). I always liked the XLB here, but I thought this times was a bit below standards. The pork inside was kind of mushy and when I bit into it, it kind of fell apart.
I quite liked the chicken noodles (雞燴麵, $7.50), since the noodles were nice and soft. If you're not a fan of really soft noodles, stay away! I usually eat this just for the noodles, not the chicken because there are hardly any pieces of chicken in there. They're usually a bit tough too since they're overcooked. The soup was good, but I wish they had more because the soup to noodle ratio was a bit too low for me.
The you tiao (right. I still think was alMongolian Little Sheep Hot Pot has the best.
One of my favourite dishes here are the vegetable and pork wontons (菜肉餛飩) in soup. This time, we wanted to be adventurous and order the pan-fried version. It came all stuck together and kind of looked like a 3D pan-fried onion pancake. Despite the fact that I was pretty excited to see them all stuck together and separate all the wontons, I was totally unimpressed with this dish. The soup version is a lot better. Panfrying it resulted in a harder skin that was no longer nice and smooth, and the meat inside was kind of mushy too. I didn't like it.
Shanghai River 滬江海派料理
7831 Westminster Hwy