After reading a blurb about Shang Hai (2815 Philadelphia Pike) in a DE News Journal article from two months ago, I finally made it over to this restaurant in Claymont for lunch today. I am thrilled to report that it was highly satisfying. This place has the standard Chinese take-out menu, chicken with cashews etc., but ASK FOR THE CHINESE MENU. (It's in English also, not to worry.) My friend and I got three items today--leek-shrimp wonton soup, sauteed string beans with pork, and crispy-fried tofu and eggplant with hot peppers. All three were very well done, with the standout being the wonton soup. The wontons were home-made and absolutely delicious, and a bowl of soup for two (ten wontons) cost $5. The string beans and the pork were tender and well seasoned (a little on the oily side, but that's to be expected) and the batter on the fried tofu/eggplant dish had just the right seasoning. With tea and rice, lunch for two was $18.75.
I am very happy to have a new home for well-made, authentic and interesting Chinese food in Wilmo (I used to hit Asian Palace regularly, but finally got way too fed up with the owner's Fascist attitude toward his customers). I plan to visit Shang Hai many more times to sample the rest of the Chinese menu. They have things like Lion's Head pork ball, cool-sounding fish dishes, sauteed greens, etc. that are very compelling.
Shang Hai's dishes are very cheap and the atmosphere is commensurate with the prices. There are only five tables, and the restaurant does a lot of take-out business, but it's still pleasant to sit there. The staff were extremely friendly. Give it a try!
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