This is very much a post in progress, because I’m not quite sure what to make of Pudong from our first visit here tonight. I feel that on hindsight, what we ordered probably wasn’t representative of the kitchen’s specialties. Being a Shanghainese restaurant, we went the safe route and ordered the zha jiang mian, the xiao long bao and a “Pudong special fried rice”.
I like the texture of the noodles – very al dente and springy. The sauce was tasty, but not like other zha jiang mians that I’m used to. Normally it’s minced pork and maybe some soft tofu, but here they had very rustically large cubes of tau kwa and pork.
The xiao long bao was very reasonably priced – 6 for just $6. They were bursting with soup, and the soup and pork was very sweet, but (and I feel like an idiot saying this...) I found that maybe it was a tad too artificially sweet. I would have preferred it to be slightly more savoury.
The fried rice was quite forgettable; not very wok hei, and it had the dreaded carrot dice and green peas – 2 ingredients that, in my opinion, add no value to fried rice besides colour, and who cares about aesthetics in a fried rice, right?
The rest of the menu is quite diverse, and I think we need to do it justice by trying some of their dishes with plain rice. Another table ordered an eel dish that looked really good. I won’t go so far as to order their Matsutake Chicken Soup or Morel Chicken Soup though, which require pre-ordering and cost a staggering $98 and $140 respectively.
So, watch this space, another review will follow in due course.
We had some good simple food. We’ll definitely be back to try the many pages of chef’s recommendations to see how good those are.
271 Bukit Timah Road
#B1-02 Balmoral Plaza
Daily: 11 am to 2.30 pm; 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm