A friend and I tried New Shanghai for the first time the other day - and we were quite impressed! Great Sichuan food, and some other good stuff too.
We shared the following:
Shredded Pork and pickled vegetable soup - Huge bowl which could have served 5 of us, simple soup with nice pickled radish and also sliced bamboo shoot, along w/ pork. Nothing earth-shattering, but nice.
Dan Dan Noodles - Very good, and a LOT of sichuan pepper. In fact, probably this was the most heavily sichuan-peppered dish I've ever had in America. Good amount of spice as well, and definitely well worth it.
Shredded Chicken with Spicy Special Sauce - This was wicked good, and probably one of the top 3 things I've eaten since coming back to Boston. The sauce was bright red with chili oil, but also a bit sweet - chicken was tender and flavorful.
Peking Style Green Bean Tofu - This is really more of a noodle than tofu..... 凉粉 is made from the starch of mung beans, and the texture is somewhat jellylike. At first I thought it was actually going to be a green tofu which I had in Beijing at a Guizhou restaurant ( ). I really need to learn to read Chinese :-/
Anyway, this dish was nice, a good cooling dish to balance out the others. The dressing on the noodles was very light, and contained some sesame oil and a bit of wasabi, which was a nice touch. A Sichuan version of this same type of "tofu" is also available.
Pork and Leek Dumplings - Surprisingly good, filling was particularly flavorful, dough was a bit thin and too soft, but still pretty excellent dumplings overall.
This was far too much food for 2 of us, but we ate a lot of it. I definitely want to return soon.
New Shanghai Restaurant
21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111