Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shangpaign Kitchen @ Sunnybank, Brisbane

The joy of having a car, even if it was a short while was bliss. In a funny sequence of events, we were left with a friend's car for a good two weeks since he had relocated from Perth and had to park one of his cars some where. At the same time, our neighbour had decided not to rent our car park space, so talk about great timing!

So one Friday, as with our other days when we decided that we just can't be bothered with cooking, we decided to venture out for dinner. Turns out it almost became a nightmare with the original plan to visit Market Square at Sunnybank. It seemed that the whole Asian community had decided to come upon the area to eat and it was a good 15 minutes of turning left and right trying to find a car park spot before we bailed on the area. 

Further down from Sunnybank, we chanced upon Shangpaign Kitchen; well I knew of its existence from reading online reviews. Fortunately situated at Centro Pineland, there was a lot more parking.

After being seated down, we ordered and waited with anticipation.


The metal containers and the lack of ginger slices to be seen lack appeal. However, credit given to where it is due, the xiao long bao was decent after not having a decent version for months. Every dumpling had soup and the filling was quite tasty.


A Shanghainese carbohydrate dish came in the form of nen goh or nian gao, depending whether you speak Cantonese or Mandarin. The simple stir fry with some minced meat was sweet but to have it alone especially in such a huge portion, it got rather repetitive after a while. Best to share with a few mates.


A balanced meal should have a protein too and after much deliberation, the Wife decided on some salt and pepper ribs. The thick batter tasted more like the famous taiwanese chicken chop, if only they served beer to go with this.

Here lies the problem with eating with the Wife and weight gaining. With the Wife putting on weight, she is eating less than usual, which means I am eating more than usual. Already as the above portions are more than enough for 2 people, the conclusion, now I know why I am growing and growing fast!

All in all, a good place to eat something slightly different, I read a lot about the fried pork buns, can't wait to give it a try!

Address and contact details:

Shangpaign Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. While I can probably get better in Malaysia, beggars can't be choosers and this is a great place for some shanghai loving (till I find another place).


Siew Mun said...

Wifey couldnt run away anything that is salt n pepper. Hehe. Add one more 'person' then she ma eat more lor. Hahahha....

J said...

.."share with a few mates"?...

Ah, I see ur blog posts are becoming more Australian-ised already! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: got to cater for the aussie crowd haha

siewmun: haha then she b eating too need..

Life for Beginners said...

Hehe, I like how the math works - one gains weight, eats less, so the other eats more, also gains weight?

Oh the joy of eating!!

P.S. Me gaining weight too, so you two have got company, hehe. ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: woo hoo, that makes 3!

Baby Sumo said...

Only 3 dishes..? The key to not putting on weight is to eat at a constant rate.. well, at least that's what I tell myself :P

Michelle Chin said...

You can get better in Shanghai restaurant!

eiling lim said...

can't help but to think the name "shangpaign" sounds like a chinese pronounciation for "champagne"... hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: i think the name was on purpose..

mchin: which shanghai restaurant? soh chi yun?

babysumo: no way we could order more and finish it all..haha i wish i could eat constant but i would b a BIG balloon.

babe_kl said...

the nian gao looks rounder and thicker huh as compared those we get here

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: everything here is quite "cho" one, rough and rugged haha, no dainty pieces!

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