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Published June 20th 2015
Yes the queue is worth it
If you've found yourself on the level three food court of the newish Emporium Melbourne and are awe-struck at all the amazing choices on offer, it's completely understandable.
Emporium Melbourne offers a food court that's not exactly your average run-of-the-mill shopping mall food court with the likes of George Colombaris' popular Jimmy Grants, Adriano Zumbo's sweet treats and many more boutique food outlets.
One of such (you'll likely notice it because of the queue outside) is New Shanghai.
New Shanghai, inside the Emporium Melbourne. Image: The Ideas Library
This place is always buzzing with Emporium shoppers as well as corporates grabbing a bite on their lunch break. Even if you're dining solo, there's no need to feel lonely as you can grab a spot for one at the long bar and be entertained by watching the dumplings being made fresh before your eyes.
Always buzzing with energy, New Shanghai at the Emporium. Image:The Ideas Library
We took our waiters suggestion and tried out the New Shanghai Xia Long Bao (Steamed Pork Dumplings) and we weren't disappointed. They were fresh and served with a bit of freshly shaved ginger, which added a surprisingly different taste to the typical soy and vinegar on your dumplings.
New Shanghai Xia Long Bao (Steamed Pork Dumplings). Image: The Ideas Library
For a balance and a comparison (because there's no wrong reason to order more dumplings), we also ordered the chicken and celery dumplings and were so keen to give them a go that we forgot to snap a photo until they were nearly gone. Yep, that good.
Nearly missed out on a photo...the chicken and celery dumplings. Image:The Ideas Library
If dumplings aren't your thing, there's still plenty on the menu you'll be impressed with from noodle and rice dishes to vegetables and even a salt and pepper tofu that we just couldn't pass up.
These little square bit of tofu are lightly batter fried and served up with some of the tastiest fried onions and red chillies. Seriously, I could've (sorta did) just scooped up the onions and chilli bits and ate them on their own.
Salt and pepper tofu with litle bits of deliciousness. Image credit: The Ideas Library