About a year ago I went to see a show in Williamsburg Brooklyn and stumbled upon M Shanghai Bistro and Garden. Last time around I was pretty impressed with both the quality of the dumplings they were turning out and with the depth of their dumpling menu. I recently caught another show in Williamsburg and returned to M Shanghai to try some more dumplings. This time around I tried the Spicy Wontons which come as either pork or vegetable (vegan) wontons – I went with the vegetable wontons. It is a little dark in M Shanghai but I think the filling was comporised of spinach and mushrooms. The wontons were really good but the spicy sauce was disappointing. Instead of a hot chili oil sauce, it was similar to the sauce you get on cold sesame noodles, probably a mix of sesame oil (or maybe tahini) and peanut butter, and had only the barest hint of spice.
The complete dumpling menu at M Shanghai is:
Steamed or Fried Pork Dumplings
Steamed or Fried Vegetable Dumplings
Steamed or Fried Seafood Dumplings
Crispy Fried Chive and Egg Dumplings
Steamed Juicy Pork Buns
Steamed Vegetable Buns
Shanghai Vegetarian Wonton Soup
Shanghai Pork Wonton Soup
Pork Shu Mai
Sticky Rice Shu-Mai
I like M Shanghai but the Spicy Wontons are not their best dumpling offering. During this trip I also tried the Sautéed Pea Leaves with Fresh Garlic which was really good.