2010

Yang’s Fry Dumpling Restaurant Review, Shanghai

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Yang's Fry Dumpling

97 Huanghe Lu (near Fengyang Lu)

Shanghai, China

5375 1793

Yang's Fry Dumpling Website

Dumplings worth flying across the ocean for…

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Exterior Decor

Yang’s Fry Dumpling – Chinese name: 小杨生煎馆 or xiao yang sheng jian guan – is a small but popular fried dumpling shop serving pan fried pork bun or Sheng jian bao, a Shanghainese Chinese dish. It was formed in Shanghai in 1994 by Mrs. Yang, who still keeps her recipe secret. They have over 20 locations in Shanghai and are opening another 10 shortly. We went to the convenient location near People’s Square. Yang’s had a line when we went there, as is the case most of the time because the dumplings are cooked in batches.

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Interior Decor

When we think about Shanghai, this is one of the first restaurants we start to drool over! They are that great. This Yang’s Fry Dumpling location is a great place to visit, because across the street is one of the best Shanghai steamed dumpling or Xiao long bao restaurants; Jia Jia Tang Bao, so do not eat too much at any one place. Yang’s is one of those MUST visit hole in the wall places.


How they cook Yang’s Fried Dumplings

Decor, Vibe – This location of Yang’s Fry Dumpling has basic decor, air conditioning, and was fairly clean. Labor is cheap in China, someone was always watching and cleaning up. A different location in a shopping mall was newer and even nicer. Yang’s was full of locals getting their breakfast dumpling and noodle fix. Lots of to go orders.

Menu

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Menu

Their Menu has just dumpling and noodle dishes. They do not sell drinks, so buy some elsewhere.

Signature Dishes – Fried dumplings!

Full image set

Picks:

Yangs Fry Dumpling Shanghai 10

Fried Dumplings

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Yangs Fried Dumpling inside

Inside of Fried Dumpling

Yang’s Fried Dumpling or Sheng jian bao (5¥ for 4) are crunchy on top and filled with pipping hot vinegary and delicious soup. These are so big and hot, you need to wait for them to cool down. You need to take a small bite and suck the soup out, before proceeding. The wrapper is thin but thick on top, so these dumplings do not get soggy when dipped in their special vinegar soy sauce dip. Their is a big bundle of finely chopped pork inside. Sesame seeds top off the surface. These are cooked in a huge cast iron skillet.

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Pork Wonton Soup

Pork Wonton (5¥) had small and tender wontons, but lots of them. Broth was on the salty side.

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Tofu Puff Vermicelli Soup

Tofu Puff with Vermicelli Soup (8¥) had 2 large tofu balls with some firm pork inside. Lots of clear vermicelli noodles in a piping hot chicken flavored broth.

Yangs Fry Dumplings Shanghai Hot and sour rice Noodles

Hot and sour rice Noodles (7¥) had a very spicy broth that is hard to drink, but the noodle were tender and good.

OK:
None

Pans:
None

Service - Order and wait in line for the next batch of dumplings. Noodles are delivered to your table.

Value - Incredibly cheap and tasty. Great for breakfast, lunch, or a snack before your flight. You could order everything on the menu and pay less for lunch in the US.

Verdict – Yang’s Fry Dumpling makes the best pan fried pork buns we have had. We eat here every time we are in Shanghai. Someone needs to replicate them in the USA. Shanghai Flavor Shop in Sunnyvale and Sunny Shanghai are the best we have, but not very close to Yang’s Fry Dumpling quality.  There just isn’t the volume here to create them fresh. Subway: Peoples Square

Other Shanghai reviews: 2010 Shanghai mini Restaurant Reviews, Din Tai Fung, Fu 1039, Jia Jia Tang Bao, South Beauty, Yang’s Fry Dumplings, 6Sens Shanghai Expo.

Yang's Fry Dumpling Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Below Average)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:No
Attire:Casual
Hours:6am - Midnight
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:4¥ - 10¥
Posted on August 20th, 2010
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