I was at the stretch of eateries opposite Beauty World during dinner time and every restaurant was bursting with people so I ended up having dinner at Ding Tele Shanghai Panfried Dumpling.
Ding Te Le Shanghai Panfried Dumpling specialises in Shanghainese cuisine and is especially known for their shengjian bao.
Wheat Gluten & Shiitake Mushrooms 四喜烤麸 [S$6.20] is a classic Shanghainese cold dish. The roasted gluten is tossed with citron daylily，black fungus and fried peanuts. It is a fragrant and swim sweet dish that works great as an appetiser.
Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs 糖醋小排 [S$9.30] is supposed to be sweet and sour but I could only taste the sweetness. It’s nice but it get a little too cloying after a few pieces.
Shengjian bao is a type of small pan-fried Chinese bun that is a specialty of Shanghai. Ding Tele’s Signature Pan-Fried Crispy Pork Soup Buns 招牌生煎 (4 pieces) [S$6.20] is filled with pork filling and soup that burst into your mouth. It is small enough to be popped into your mouth, but I find it slightly sweet.
Shanghai is also famous for xiao long bao which is known as Signature Steamed Pork & Soup Bun 招牌小笼包 (5 pieces) [S$6.20] at Ding Tele. It is not quite a good as Ding Tai Fung’s Steamed Pork Dumpling.
The simple Vegetable & Pork Wonton in Soup 菜肉大馄饨 [S$8.20] is a welcome respite from the overwhelming sweetness that is characteristic of Shanghainese cuisine. The wontons are huge and each is packed with generous filling of vegetable and pork filling.
Fermented Rice Dumpling Soup 酒酿圆子 [S$6.20] is a specialty dessert from the jiangnan region and it is very popular in Shanghai. Soft glutinous rice balls are cooked in fermented glutinous rice wine, giving this dessert a fragrant aroma and sweet taste.
Ding Tele Shanghai Panfried Dumpling is a good restaurant to try out authentic Shanghainese cuisine such as shengjian bao, wheat gluten, wonton and fermented rice dumpling.
Ding Tele Shanghai Panfried Dumpling
Address: 6 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599731
Telephone: +65 97621108
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 2.45pm, 5.30pm – 10.15pm
Ding Tele Shanghainese Restaurant
Address: 949 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534713
Telephone: +65 8788 0768
Opening Hours: Daily 12.15pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm