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Lao Sheng Chang 老盛昌 @ Fujian Middle Road, Shanghai


Finally real Shanghai food in Shanghai! I tried Lao Sheng Chang 老盛昌 on the night of day 4 of my Shanghai trip. This restaurant was recommended by a Shanghainese girl’s blog. Since it’s just my sis and me, we braved the restaurant with courage, sat on an empty table and waited. We’re banana when it comes to reading Chinese characters and speaking Mandarin. At least my sister is better than me. Thankfully they have Chinese-English menu! Still we have a tough time telling where xiaolongbaos are in the menu. Apparently they’re called by different names here.

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China
Wooden chopsticks. In one of the teapot is vinegar, an important condiment for xiaolongbao.

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China
The restaurant is pretty spacey. Our order came about 15 minutes later. Freshly made I guess?

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China
Lao Sheng Chang takes up the corner lot of 1st and 2nd floors. The branch we visited is in Fujian Middle Road. It’s a at the intersection of Nanjing Road.

Fresh Meat Soup Bag of Salted Egg Yolk @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
We ordered 2 baskets of xiaolongbao. This one being fresh meat soup bag of salted egg yolk @ 18 Yuan. Literally it means xiaolongbao with salted egg yolk.

Fresh Meat Soup Bag of Salted Egg Yolk @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
The given salted egg yolk is one whole yolk which I think is too over-powering. Pork meat is too little. 🙁

Fresh Meat Soup Bun @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Fresh meat soup bun @ 8 Yuan which is really cheap! It’s basic xiaolongbao made of pork meat.

Fresh Meat Soup Bun @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
To eat xiaolongbao, I bite the top off, sip the soup and then…

Fresh Meat Soup Bun @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
dip the whole thing in vinegar.

Though I’m a fan of salted egg yolk, I’ve got to admit the fresh meat soup bun is nicer. If you’re Malaysian, then I can tell you the broth and the meat are almost similar in taste to ‘sang yoke bao’. We wanted to order crab meat xiaolongbao but were told they don’t have/sold out. We don’t really understand what they told us. Haha

Discarded Bun Skins @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Discarded bun skins… they’re uhmmm too thick. Hehehe

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China
The next day which is our final day in Shanghai, I made it a point to visit Lao Sheng Chang again for breakfast. This time our travel mates followed us as well.

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China
Up the stairs we go again!

Wanton Soup with Fresh Prawns Hong Kong Style @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Wanton soup with fresh prawns Hong Kong style @ 15 Yuan for 10 pieces.

Wanton Soup with Fresh Prawns Hong Kong Style @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
I wouldn’t call this Hong Kong style. The wanton is not as springy as the one I had in Hong Kong plus it lacks large prawns. It’s still yum with its own style. The broth is nice too.

Fresh Meat Soup Bun & Champignon Fresh Meat Soup Bag @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Our 2 baskets of xiaolongbao have arrived. In the foreground is fresh meat soup bun @ 8 Yuan and background is champignon fresh meat soup bag @ 12 Yuan (it’s mushroom xiaolongbao). Unfortunately we were told they don’t have crab xiaolongbao yet again.

Champignon Fresh Meat Soup Bag @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Lovely looking xiaolongbao!

Champignon Fresh Meat Soup Bag @ Lao Sheng Chang, Shanghai
Generous amount of mushroom and pork fillings. Yum! This one is the best. The taste of Lao Sheng Chang’s yummy xiaolongbao lingers on in my mind until I came back home to Malaysia and decided to give Din Tai Fung a try. I’ll blog about it soon.

Lao Sheng Chang @ Shanghai, China

Address:
Lao Sheng Chang 老盛昌
335 Fujian Middle Rd,
Huangpu, Shanghai,
China ‎
+86 21 6352 3003

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Photos from Samsung Galaxy S3 and Lumix.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Dawn October 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Yummy….btw, I like Din Tai Fung also..hahaha, I’m a greedy pig, I love food! 😀

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      After trying this, I went back to Malaysia for Ding Tai Fung’s xiaolongbao because I kinda miss Lao Sheng Chang’s ones. The taste are different… so different. Not sure if the Din Tai Fungs in Shanghai has the same xiaolongbao taste as Malaysia’s one or not.

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