Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shanghai Brunch in Allston

In Shanghai, people there have their own brunch style, just like Cantonese have dim sum for brunch.
Shanghai Gate, located at 204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134, is the place that I’d go to when I crave for a Shanghai style brunch, not only because of its authentic Shanghai food, but also its decoration and setting that remind me of the old Shanghai.
Graphic on their wall, sooo Shanghainese!

For brunch at Shanghai Gate. I always order Dou Jiang (soymilk, and you can choose sweet or non-sweet) with You Tiao (Deep-fried dough sticks), which is perfect combo -- please see the reason as you scroll down :)
Dou Jiang (soymilk)
You Tiao (Deep-fried dough sticks)

The reason why they are perfect with each other is that traditionally, Chinese put the You Tiao into Dou Jiang, wait till You Tiao is soaked a little bit, and then eat Yao Tiao and drink Dou Jiang.

Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork bun/Shanghai soup dumplings) is something that you cannot miss. There is a special way to eat steamed pork buns:
Step 1: have a tiny bite of the bun peel
Step 2: drink all the soup inside the bun (be careful, the soup is HOT!)
Step 3: put some vinegar into the bun through the tiny bite
Step 4: enjoy your steamed pork bun!
Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork bun/Shanghai soup dumplings)


  1. I really should not have read this while hungry. I want Chinese food now. I look forward to you reviewing more restaurants.

    I'd like to recommend my favorite place in Allston - Mae's Fusion Cafe. The elderly woman there does all of the cooking, and it is delicious. It's on Glenville Ave -

  2. Thanks for your nice note, Julie! I'm glad you like this post. More reviews are on their way :)

    Thanks for your recommendation, and I'll def check it out next time!

  3. What an amazing food trip you have here, Christine! I love to see and hear about new places around the world. :)

  4. Sooo happy that you like it, Kay!! Travel and food have always been my favorite :)