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shanghai showdown

queue | Aug 20, 2004 11:57 AM

direct head to head comparison between yeah shanghai deluxe and new green bo. new green bo emerged the clear winner. actually, what happened was we went to yeah shanghai one night, and everything was so mediocre that the next night we had to try again to get our shanghai fix.

yeah shanghai deluxe: pork soup dumplings had a thick, sticky wrapper, pork filling was pretty bland. steamer was lined with paper rather than cabbage leaves (sure sign of preparation far in advance?). shanghai rice cakes had a nice texture (as they will anywhere) but the sauce was incredibly bland. beancurd with crab was the best dish of the night - sauce was eggy & crabby and at least had some flavor - but it was swimming in oil. the restaurant was also mostly empty (in contast to ngb across the street) and appeared somewhat dirty - warning signs which we should have heeded. i will never go back here and would not recommend it to anyone.

new green bo: i've previously posted on equivocal to negative experiences here. this was my third attempt at new green bo and, in contrast to past visits, overall i had a positive experience. pork soup dumplings (direct comparison) were much better than at yeah shanghai, with thinner, more tender wrapper and much more flavorful pork (hints of ginger). soup was flavorful, though perhaps a little too oily. previously, i had criticized the dumpling skin as somewhat thick, yet liable to break - i think the skin has improved as it seemed thinner, yet i did not have problems with breakage. shanghai beef: this was a great dish! flavorful beef, sliced and served cold in a little sauce flavored with soy, peanut & sesame oil. shredded pork with salty vegetable soup: i've had this one before, and so far it has been the only thing i've truly liked here. well, this soup was again incredible. i just love it. the broth has such a deep, rich flavor, the greens somehow stay crunchy and toothsome even though they cook forever in the soup, and the pork shreds are tender and flavorful. the only disappointment was the much heralded scallion pancake. it was pretty doughy and hardly had any scallions in it at all. (so far my favorite scallion pancake in manhattan chinatown is at sweet n tart.) based on this experience, i will return to new green bo (especially for that incredible soup), though i will also continue to try other shanghai spots in the city, always looking for that elusive perfect dumpling.

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