Ever since coming back from Shanghai, I have always been craving for fried dumplings that you get at the famous Yang’s Fried Dumplings. It was recently when I was walking down Dominion Road looking for some where to eat when I saw Jolin Shanghai offering a small selection of dumplings which included the much craved for dumpling the pan fried dumplings.
Jolin Shanghai is one of the cleaner restaurants/takeaway places I have been into on
Dominion Road, which was nice to see. The menu is in both English and Chinese, so you do not need to worry not be able to communicate with the staff as the one who served us spoke very good English.
Fried Dumplings – took a fair while to cook, without having access to the kitchen I was not sure whether these are made fresh to order. 8 pieces for $8 was reasonable.
The skins were much thicker than I had like and much harder that Yang’s Fried Dumplings and not as juicy. most of the buns had a bit of juice in side but not all of them. this is the first time in which my mum had tried these dumplings out and she was much impressed with them.. well when I asked her if she liked it she said yes.
Even though I know she was getting full from eating all the ‘bread’ she kept forcing herself to eat it. – my mum is pretty old fashioned, does not let things go to waste even if she is fairly full she will force her self to eat it. I must admit, the pork mince that was used is t not the leanest, as I could clearly see the fat parts of the meat and decided to close my eyes and ignore it.
Xiao Long Bao – good but not great. The skins were fairly thick and tough. As the dumplings got colder the skins also got harder. Not a lot of juice inside these dumplings but enough to warrant their names as xiao long boa’s
It was good to experience these much missed Shanghai dumplings, though I would not be running back any time soon.
Location: 248 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland