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Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle

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Published July 29th 2017
Featuring a secret ingredient
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On Burke road, Camberwell

Sitting amongst the row of shops on busy Burke road, Camberwell, is Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle restaurant. This establishment serves customers both dining in and takeaway.

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
Limited parking depending on the day

As with many on-street parking spaces, availability is limited and hugely dependent on how busy the area is at that time of day. On a Saturday afternoon, it was easy enough for me to find one close to the restaurant. $2.80/hour paid at the meter - however, you are exempt from a parking fee if you have a handicap permit displaying on your windscreen.

The interior of Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle clean and modern, with a red feature wall upon which various photographs of menu items are displayed. A large Chinese character, prosperity, is stuck to the front of the counter - under a fortune cat. Walking into this eatery has probably already made me a little bit luckier.

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
Clean and modern

The owner was not at the front counter so I wandered into the corridor leading to the kitchen and saw a lady making dumplings in a small room. All dumplings are hand made on site so you can be assured that yours is not of the frozen variety.

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
Large range of meal options

A glossy menu with a beautiful hardcover was set before me and the selection was vast. Hungry and in a bit of a hurry, I chose a plate of fifteen steamed Peking pork dumplings and a corn and chicken soup, costing $9.80 and $5.80 respectively.

The restaurant has a $12 EFTPOS minimum and a BYO certificate.

If you were not craving for dumplings, other menu options include rice, noodles, and other chef-prepared dishes to be shared.

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A warming side to your meal

Corn and chicken soup was the typical Asian-style soup with a thick consistency. It came piping hot and really whets your appetite.

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
A hearty portion of dumplings

Peking pork dumplings are a standard in every dumpling restaurant and this place was no different - it is the one dish that lets their customers know if they have got the goods or not. This particular plate of dumplings contained a twist I had not anticipated; the meat and cabbage filling also included some sort of herb. It was not pungent but kept me trying to figure out what it was as I had not encountered it before in any other dumpling shop.

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
Try and see if you can unravel the mystery herb

shanghai dumpling noodle camberwell
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Why? Dumplings in the heart of Camberwell
When: Tues-Sat: 12noon-9.30pm (Mondays closed)
Phone: 03 9882 9638
Where: 921 Burke Road, Camberwell, Melbourne
Cost: Under $20pp
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