Update 6 June 09; this restaurant had been replaced by Shanghai JJ Restaurant.
Have any of you ever been to this Shanghainese restaurant right across No 3 Road from the Richmond Centre Mall? For some reason, they had been changing hands several times over the years. I am not sure why because they seem to do very well as evidenced by how packed it is all the time.
It is now called Da Hong Yun but I remember they used to be called Shanghai Wind and at another time it was called Chen’s. We went there because we were enticed by the Live Crab banner that they put up outside.
The restaurant is smallish with something like 10 tables at the max. It’s so cramped that it was hard to move around once all the tables were filled. Decor wise, there is nothing much to it (why they even have Chinese New Year decorations still hanging in the store even today).
This is a very traditional Chinese restaurant which means that they cater to mainly Chinese customers. It’s because there is only one waitress who could barely managed to communicate in English. So ordering here was quite difficult for us.
Despite the language difficulty, we managed quite well ordering the Duck with Fried Gluten. The duck was extremely tender and meaty, much to our surprise. For $12.95, it was a half duck dish. What we liked best was the tasty sauce and bamboo shoots.
For the vege, we ordered the Tou Meow Seong Tong (sprouts in soup) which was quite crunchy and the steamy soup was great for a cold night. However, it was quite expensive. I am not sure why such a dish would have costs $12.95.
We ordered crab and decided order what they call Kam Sar Gook which is literally translated as Golden-Sand Steamed. It is actually cooked with salted egg yolk and was very crispy … so crispy that we do not need to use a cracker to break the shell.
However, there were not much meat at all in the crab. If I recall correctly, they charged $10.99 for a crab regardless how you want it cooked.
Despite ordering only three dishes, it was too much food for the four of us in the family. The total damage was $47 including tax and tips. I felt it was too expensive for a smallish place like this. Good food but quite pricey.
What we did not like was that they charge for rice separately. At least, they gave us a small bowl of lime water, free … it taste quite nice really. 😉