April 05, 2009 | | Comments 12

No 1 Shanghai Cuisine on No 3 Road, Richmond

You will like Sherman … and his wife Vivian. Sherman is an up and coming Vancouver area food blogger. His blog is simply called Sherman’s Food Adventures. Suanne and I sometime find it such a chore to blog once a day but Sherman, he does it as often as three times a day!

I told Suanne that we should get to know Sherman because like us, he often goes to the type of restaurants we normally go to too. The choice of the place was easy for us. We wanted to check out the new Shanghainese restaurant.

BTW, before I go on, Arkensen had a good question. Firstly, is there such a word as Shanghainese? I think there is because I hear a lot of people use the word. Now, if Shanghainese is a word, then why is it not called “Shanghaian” instead. Help me figure out a good answer for Arkensen.

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The No 1 Shanghai Cuisine is located on No 3 Road at the same spot of the now closed Also fusion restaurant. It’s at the same area where HKYK is — you’ll never miss it if you are familiar with No 3 Road.

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We were not too impressed with the interiors. It does seems that they had retained the odd oval arrangement from the previous tenant. So, the round dining tables were quite haphazardly arranged and quite difficult to manouver around. Color coordination was poorly done too — quite evident from the clash of colors from the table cloth to the curtains and ceiling. Not that it is a problem but it was just obvious that I had to mention it.

But it was really busy on the Saturday lunch time we were there. So that is a good sign.

They have a menu that covers a wide range … from simple $6 noodle dishes to $320 sharkfin soup on their menu. We decided to stick with the simpler choices (kids love them). I ordered quite randomly and at the end we had way too much food.

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Their Dan Dan Noodle ($5.50) was chokingly hot … you know, the type that makes you cough if you try to eat it too fast. The peanuts were really good and added so much flavour to it. Dan Dan Noodles are supposed to be dirt cheap (we used to have one that is only $2). So, I did notice that this is rather “expensive” at $5.50.

We actually ordered two baskets of Xiao Long Baos (no pictures) but it was not very good … just OK.

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The Shanghai Thick Noodle Soup was flavourful. I just love the thick soup. This reminds of the Loh Mein that I used to eat for supper in my younger days. This is just $6.50.

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What Suanne and I enjoyed most was the thing called “Sticky Rice with Flavour”. We had expected this to be the normal salty sticky rice but it came in a much larger serving drenched with some sweet sticky gooey thingy. It’s more like a dessert really. I highly recommend you try this as this is not a common dish. $7.50.

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It took us a while before we figured out what the above noodle soup was all about. For all I remember I did not order this until it dawned on us that this is the noodle that accompanies …

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… this … Eight Treasure Spicy Noodle. This is quite salty eaten by its own but does balances the flavour with the simple noodle soup. $6.50. The prices were not bad right?

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I thought I ordered Pickled Vegetables with Pork Rice but this one came with something that looked like spicy tofu. I can’t remember anymore if there are pork in that small bowl. I ordered this because I wanted something pickled but ended up not trying this at all. $7.50.

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At a glance, the Szechuan Beef Noodle looked a lot like Taiwanese Beef Noodle, doesn’t it? It was not as spicy as it looked but rather sweet … sweet in an odd way. The chunky beef flank looked very inviting … just wished it’s spicier.

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The Pork Chop with Rice Cake ($7.50) was kind of dry. The rice cake pieces were too big and makes it too chewy. If only they had sliced it a bit more thinner, it would have been perfect.

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Total damage was $62 before tips. Like good Chinese, we fought over who to pay what. LOL! It was great meeting up with people with the same interests — food — and especially when Sherman and Vivian likes the same type of food as we do too. We do this again some time … do a joint review … for sure.

Oh BTW, if you happen to visit No 1 Shanghai, check out their washrooms. The main door to the washroom is glass and you can see through right inside … weird.

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11:00 am to 1:00 am

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  1. Sherman says:

    Thanks for the plug Ben! Yes, I really do like Asian food alot! We really should do another review again! Those washrooms reminded me of New York, it seems like all the washrooms there are funky (not smelly funky, but trendy funky). Yah, I guess we pretty much agreed on most of the food. It was not bad, not outstanding. But still a pretty good value.

  2. food-cookeis says:

    Nice blog you have here!

    The Dan Dan noodle does looked tempting, with peanuts and sauce. Though the rice cake and pork chop wasn’t really good based on your review, but it’s something new and I would’ve like to try it. :)

  3. Jenny says:

    Looks interesting, I may check it out the next time I in Richmond.

    I think Shanghainese is probably a newly invented word, but I guess it’s not called Shanghaian, because Shanghai is part of China, with CHINESE people, hence the “nese” at the end.

    Well I tried, that’s just my two cent.

  4. Wendy says:

    I believe that the rice cakes in that dish are supposed to be long and thick, ‘cuz every other Shanghai restaurant serves that dish that way too.

  5. [...] Unfortunately, I forgot to check out the washroom decor which was a bit disappointing, but Ben here at Chow Times [...]

  6. [...] there are also other “1″ restaurants like the No 1 Beef Noodle House, Hot Pot One, and No 1 Shanghai just to name a [...]

  7. LotusRapper says:

    We went there (1st time) this past week for a family b-day dinner. Quite good, everyone liked the food and was happy. Decor is rather um ….. unusual ;-)

    Coming out, I saw a sign indicating $1.99 for midday dim sum (northern style, no doubt). Anyone been there for midday DS ? I’d like to try, but also hear about others’ experience.

    Thanks !

  8. [...] No. 1 Shanghai Cuisine – 4200 No 3 Rd Richmond is the place to get Chinese food. It is basically little Hong Kong and there are abundant amount of good eats here. No. 1 Shanghai Cuisine is one that sticks out for me. If you love Shanghai food, this place is golden. But then again, you can’t really go wrong with any of the places in Richmond. [...]

  9. Dan says:

    Today I ordered several items for takeout from Shanghai No. 1, including Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce. ($6.50) When I arrived home, I discovered that the eggplant was too old (not prepared today) and had already gone bad (sour.) I returned to the restaurant one hour later after eating the other food. I was already full.

    I asked the staff for a refund but she refused. She offered a replacement item. I said that I was already full. I asked for a credit for next time. She refused. I argued a bit more. She gave me back the food. I became very angry that they chose to cheat me with bad food and threw the food in the garbage and left.

    The restaurant’s food is generally very good, although a bit too salty. The other food I ate tonight was good: Dan Dan noodle, gluten with mushrooms, veggie dumplings, wild vegetable with diced bean curd.

    If I had eaten in the restaurant today and complained about the food, they would have let me cancel. But since they already have my $6.50 they have a policy of not refunding the money.

  10. [...] Unfortunately, I forgot to check out the washroom decor which was a bit disappointing, but Ben here at Chow Times [...]

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