If you haven’t been to Ashfield’s strip of Shanghainese restaurants in a while, you’ll be in for a surprise. This new wave of chic New Shanghai restaurants has hit Ashfield and there’s no turning back.

Long gone are the bland white walls and dingy ambiance. Now, you’ll see exposed brick walls, bearing a slight resemblance to the longtang scape of it’s Chatswood Chase sibling, while still keeping it’s Ashfield cazh.

New Shanghai Ashfield - Chinese feast of dumplings, buns, noodles and more

I got slightly carried away when dining here recently… All this was to feed two!

New Shanghai Ashfield - chilled soya milk and mushroom starter

When in Shanghai, do as the Shanghai do. So with that in mind, I order a chilled glass of sweetened soya milk ($2.50) – the perfect accompaniment!

On the new seasonal cold dishes menu, I’m keen to try the smoked fresh soya bean ($4.80) but it’s unavailable so the waitress recommends the dried mushroom ($5.80) which is surprisingly amazing! The mushrooms have a really good bite to it. There’s another ingredient in the mix that reminds me of dried lily buds as it has a beautiful fragrance. If I ever were a vegetarian, this is what I’d like to be served. (Although we all know that’s never going to happen as there’s no way I’m willing to live without pork crackling or pho!)

New Shanghai Ashfield - pipis

The fried clams with XO sauce ($18.80) are too irresistible to pass. There isn’t quite enough XO sauce to make the dish a standout but that doesn’t stop us from licking absolutely every drop of sauce off the clam shells.

New Shanghai Ashfield - salted egg yolk calamari

My all time most favourite dishes at New Shanghai are the ones that feature salted duck egg yolk. Available with tofu, blue swimmer crab, prawns or calamari, there’s something rather magical about the richness of the batter that makes it such a weakness of mine. I’ve never tried it with calamari before so that’s what we have: deep fried calamari coated with salted duck yolk ($18.80). I think it may be the best combination yet. I love that they’re all big generous pieces. A large mouthful of bliss!

New Shanghai Ashfield - Shanghai noodles

Its not a meal at New Shanghai unless you’ve eaten some stir fried handmade noodle with pork and vegetable ($8.80), New Shanghai steamed mini pork buns ($6.80), and New Shanghai pan fried crab meat and pork buns ($12.80). I must add, it’s so pleasing to see that despite the makeover, the prices are still very reasonable.

New Shanghai Ashfield - xiao long bao

New Shanghai Ashfield - pan fried buns

New Shanghai Ashfield - bok choy, tofu and mushrooms

Thinking we’d need some greens to balance out the meal, we also have the stir fried bok choy with mushrooms ($9.90). It’s so simple but so tasty and I just can’t get enough of thickened sauces!

For dessert, we sample the new mini sticky rice balls in Chinese sweet rice wine soup ($6.80). This is topped with goji berries and a sprinkle of dried osmanthus. Sweet, perfumed and definitely alcoholic (I’m a cheap drunk, LOL), it’s a fabulous finale to the feast.

New Shanghai Ashfield - dessert soup

New Shanghai
273 Liverpool Road Ashfield
Call (02) 9797 7284

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JENIUS dined as guests of Wasamedia & New Shanghai

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

This was my "last supper" before going vego. What a way to go huh ;) lol


Glad to hear other states get to enjoy a taste of New Shanghai too!


Best thing ever!!


Make sure you get those recipes off your grandma! We made a pretty good attempt but had to get some takeaway!


The food looks great! We just went to the Brisbane's New Shanghai and loved their food!

Sherrie @ Crystal Noir
Sherrie @ Crystal Noir

How good are the pan fried buns here? That salted duck egg yolk calamari looks amazing! Definitely gotta try that next time :D


Mmmm yum, there's definitely something about Shanghainese cooking! My mum's family is from Ningbo (not far from Shanghai), and I always love going back to visit because of the amazing food my grandma cooks! (Did you manage to finish all the dishes between the two of you?!)