Wangs Shanghai Cuisine was a staple in Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, where the food outpost served for many years, up until relatively recently when it decided to reopen with a brick and mortar location on Kingsway, just off of Joyce street.
Wangs doesn’t look like much from the outside, situated beside
However, as soon as I sat down, I was able to view into the cramped kitchen through their viewing window and took note of the sheer number of dumplings that were being painstakingly hand folded by two of the cooks. This thoroughly impressed me as we rarely as customers get to products, that could be easily pre-made, created before our very eyes. The way you order at Wangs is very casual, all the food comes out as it is made, and it is all shared in family style.
The way you order at
The first to come out was a Beef Roll (4.75) and Green Onion Pancake (3.75) both dishes that I have come to know and love from other restaurants, as well as making them myself. The beef roll feature thinly sliced beef wrapped in fried dough and slathered with my favourite; hoisin sauce. The combination of sweet and savoury was delectable, not overwhelming and a perfect introduction to the meal that I was about to enjoy. The Green Onion pancake, while slightly dense, was packed with a good amount of onions compared to the dough and I loved how crispy it was.
Then came the main event; the dumplings and noodles!!
The Steamed Pork Buns were served in a traditional wicker dumpling basket, along with soy sauce and vinegar for dipping. These dumplings are some of the best I’ve ever tasted, the dumpling dough perfectly tender and allowed the soup inside to joyfully burst in your mouth when you bit through. The filling was fantastic and not overwhelmingly flavourful, allowing me to eat one after the other.
The Shanghai Noodles, while definitely not bad by any means, may have been the most disappointing aspect of the meal. The noodles seemed to be flavourfully static, lacked complexity or depth, but were decently enjoyable when one wanted a break from dumplings.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and Wangs Shanghai Cuisine which, was not fine dining by any
What really stuck out to me was the affordability factor, with most dishes under $10 with generous portion sizes, Wangs allows someone to have a filling meal for under $20 if one so desires. I would recommend this restaurant to those who want to dip their toe into Shanghai cooking without the pressure of a formal atmosphere, the dumplings are well worth it and it helps supports owners who evidently care about the quality of their food.