Da Jiang Nan Bei was simply called Shanghai Restaurant a couple months ago, for some reason, the name changed, but their food remained the same. The food is very homey, similar to what my mom would make at home. You have your usual Soup Dumplings, which is normally eaten at breakfast and Shanghainese Style stir fried noodles, but also more local dishes. Here are some of my favorites:
Another one of my favorites is the Sheperd’s Purse, fresh Bambo, Pork Rice Cake. It’s another green vegetable that’s available fresh in Shanghai, but only frozen in the States. The greens give a hint of fragrance to the soft chewy rice cakes. Well balanced dish with added texture from the bambo and pork strips. I always order this.
My mama makes a killer Soy Sauce Braised Pork Ribs. Obviously this one can’t compare, specially because of how oily it is and the amount of sugar. Yes, the recipe does call for sugar, but theirs is too much for my taste. With that said, the pork ribs are very tender, fall of the bone, but super moist. I prefer the Grandma’s Soy Sauce Braised Pork Belly instead. They are very tender, fatty but not greasy and the soy sheet knots that come with it absorbs all the flavors and its so great with a bowl of white rice.
The Shanghai Style Pan Fried Noodles are a little oily, but the wok and fire flavors come through nicely, so I over look that. The noodles are al dente and chewy. The crunchy crisp vegetables add nice texture along with the pork. Add some of that hot chilly sauce on the table and you’ve got a winner.
In Shanghai, these Xiao Long Bao, or Soup Dumplings are eaten for breakfast or lunch, rarely do they appear on a dinner table. The Crab Roe Soup Dumplings here are decent, with a good proportion of crab roe and pork. Definitely not as good as Joe Shanghai, but they make it up with all the other local/homey dishes. If you must have soup dumplings go ahead, otherwise, I recommend trying other things.
Fresh Bamboo is in season, take advantage of it and have it simply stir fried with leafy greens. It’s crunch, and umami flavor is totally different from your usual chinese take out canned versions.
If your feeling adventurous maybe try the Spicy Pig blood and things Casserole, Salty egg yolk with Crab, Cold Soy Fish, Glutinous squares”kao-fu” with mushrooms or Soy Bean Paste whole Fish.
Da Jiang Nan Bei
46-20 Kissena Blvd (Flushing)