We were in Shanghai for a couple of days and wanted to have dinner at Din Dai Fung in Xintiandi. Having arrived and seen the ridiculous queue we decided instead to dine in "Shanghai Spring" which was located right next to Din Dai Fung.
Browsing their illustrative menu Shanghai Spring offers up a wide variety of popular Shanghainese Dishes and is one of the many restaurants that are recommended by the government during the Shanghai Expo. With the help of our waitress we ordered a number of their signature dishes.
A traditional cold dish of Minced Chives that was given a twist with the addition of Cooked Salmon Pieces and placed in a ring mold. The Chives were pretty tasty. I don't know how the Salmon plays a role in the dish but it was there.
Bok Choy with Beancurd Sheets
This was really good. The Soup tasted like it was made from Chinese Salted Ham and gave the Crunchy Bok Choy a nice flavor. The Bean Curd Sheets were excellent. It had a nice bite to it.
Braised Crab Meat Roe with Tofu
Another good dish! The Tofu was super soft and went well with the rich and flavorful Shanghainese Hairy Crab Roe.
My least favorite of the dishes. The Pork was a little too chewy and was less flavorful compared with other restaurants we've had this.
Lionshead with Crabmeat Roe
The Crabmeat roe was just as good as the one in the Tofu but this time it was served with some big Pork Balls that was super soft. The Pork Balls had a good flavor but we felt really oozy after eating one probably due to the amount of Pork Fat it contained.
Pan Fried Meat Dumplings
This was my favorite. The Dumplings wasn't too oily and was intentionally pan seared only at the bottom giving it a very crispy texture contrasting with the soft texture of the top. The filling contained a mixture of seasoned minced pork with some soup stock. Delicious!
I enjoyed some of the dishes at Shanghai Spring particularly their Pan Fried Meat Dumplings and their Crab Roe Sauce which in my opinion is better than FU 1088.
Price: $$ (Approximately USD $20 per person)
Address: 2nd Floor, South Block,Shanghai Xintiandi
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