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Looking for Authentic Chinese Dinner in Boston

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Look no more.
About once a month the team at heads out into Boston to sample new restaurants and to revisit old favorites. This month our host at Abigayle’s Bed and Breakfast treated¬† us to her culture and cuisine, a Shanghai, northern Chinese food, dining experience at Shanghai Gate restaurant.

Located in Boston’s Allston Village, Shanghai Gate is the real deal. Their world class chef from Shanghai serves up authentic Shanghai cuisine, as well as many familiar Chinese restaurant favorites, that tingle the taste buds with every bite. We didn’t even look at the menu. We just asked our gracious host and chef to choose for us. And, wow, did they choose well. They put together an amazing selection of hot and cold appetizers, as well as scrumptious dinner specialties. Everything was served perfectly and you could truly taste the freshness of the ingredients. The unique thing about Shanghai cooking is the lightness of everything, from the dumplings to the sauces and spices. This is not primarily the hot and spicy Sczechuan style of cooking, though the restaurant does offer several choices if that is your preference. It is simple, fresh, and delicious. We could have stayed eating all night long. It was that good!

What did we have? Here’s our menu selection:

  • Four Treasures Tofu (cold, braised with wood ear and peanuts)
  • Wild Vegetable and Bean Curd (cold, fresh wild vegetables)
  • Sweet and Sour Baby Ribs (marinated and braised in a special sauce, served cold)
  • Steamed Pork Bun (a warm vinegar dipping sauce adds an interesting tang to the flavor)
  • Pork Dumplings (a light dough makes these warm dumplings extra tasty)
  • Black Bean Chicken Wraps (warm, served family style with lettuce leaves for wrapping)
  • Crystal Shrimp (more warm vinegar dipping sauce gives lots of flavor to simple shrimp)
  • Ginger Scallion Tilapia (a whole fish served with a light brown sauce that melts in the mouth)
  • Double Nuts Chicken (much like the classic cashew chicken but with peanuts too!)
  • Sweet Corn Pancake (a little sweetness to finish the meal!)

But don’t just take our word for it.¬† The Boston Globe previously wrote, “What you get at Shanghai Gate plain and simple is a chef who really knows how to cook.” Not enough? See what others are saying on Yelp.

Shanghai Gate is located at 204 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

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