Monday, February 17, 2014

Grand Shanghai Food Theme Park @ Setiawalk Puchong

It's loud, lurid & kitschy, but Puchong's new Grand Shanghai Food Theme Park in the Setiawalk complex feels irresistible in its own inimitable fashion.

This is a warren of restaurants in a setting that's supposed to evoke the streets of 1930s Shanghai, complete with rickshaws & vintage car replicas.

The food here feels like a mishmash of Chinese favourites, with numerous shops serving everything from dim sum to bak kut teh, roast duck rice to claypot pork belly noodles.

The most popular is probably the dim sum tea house. But it's debatable whether this siew mai is worth the RM7.50 price tag (before taxes), all things considered.

Several items are well-prepared enough to please; we liked the deep-fried prawn rolls with seaweed & shredded bean curd skin (RM8.40), served hot & juicy ...

... though the char siew pastries with spring onions (RM6) tasted like they had been sitting on a counter somewhere for at least 10 minutes too long.

Crab meat xiao loong bao (RM12). Sounded more memorable than it turned out to be.

Deep-fried carrot pastry (RM7.20), too bland to recommend.

Steamed glutinous rice with chestnuts wrapped in lotus leaves (RM7); also could be better.

Still, it's not all hopeless here; the steamed custard buns with salted egg yolk (RM6.60) were fine ...

... while the prawn & pork dumplings with wolfberries & Chinese spinach were entirely edible ...

... & the fried prawn dumplings were enjoyably executed.

Deep-fried avocado rolls with kataifi (RM9), as near-perfect as any we've ever had.

Another worthwhile one: Starch noodles with Chinese parsley (RM8). Quite addictive.

Mini egg tarts with pandan paste (RM6) brings this meal to a mediocre close. So ultimately, there are both hits & misses here.





Grand Shanghai Food Theme Park
Level 4, Setia Walk, Puchong
Park in the basement at Zone E and take the elevator up


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25 comments:

  1. Hmmm.... seems like the foods are nothing out of the ordinary but i'd visit this place for its environment!

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    1. Ken: yeah, the ambiance is definitely the main reason to head here, heh :)

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  2. This place looks interesting! Hmmm but the food not so much, maybe I just order the deep-fried avocado rolls :P

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    1. CK: ya, maybe i'll go back another time to try the bak kut teh here! :D

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  3. Seen this in somebody's blog.Yet to make a trip over and stay in Puchong to eat all the nice food there. Eat, just eat...never mind the price. At least, you've tried.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, if you're ever in puchong, this could be a fun place to visit =)

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  4. Look like a lot of fun! I'd like to try those deep-fried avocado rolls with kataifi.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's a pretty cool place, it brought a grin to my face :D

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  5. As always, I'm left wondering how you could possibly eat all that!

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    1. KY: haha, we were quite stuffed at the end of this meal :D

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  6. Nice decor here, but pity about the food!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, actually the food's not bad, it's just not as memorable as the ambiance :D

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  7. i feel like go there for the beautiful deco but food...hmm....

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    1. 小乱: i think it might be worth exploring the other outlets in this food park. the roast duck rice might be good :D

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  8. Heard of Grand Shanghai as it's quite popular for its ambiances during CNY period, but haven't got a chance to go there and try out the food.

    It makes me think of the mini Taipei in Time Square and HK station in Sungei Wang, wonder which place would come up next haha!

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    1. Irene: yeah, this visit was during the CNY period too! i hope it'll continue to do well =)

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  9. thank you for showing us this nice place. i'd love to go there to take photos. very nice ambiance (albeit not very nice food) :)

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: thanks! i had a lot of fun snapping pics here :D

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  10. looks like a nice place with a different ambiance. I wished they have something like this here in Belgium. I miss food courts!!!

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    1. Eiling: ya, the variety of food available at a place like this is smashing :D

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  11. Do u know the operating time ?

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    1. Shuting: I think it's daily, 10am-10pm

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  12. horrible food i never had in my whole life~~the chicken is sour and its not daily fresh...
    the food there is making my mom having the food poisoning after dinner.. she vomit and stomachache after dinner~~~
    disappointed for the food there.. environment is interesting.. but deeply disappointed for the food its not expected as what i had for the first tried!!!

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  13. well... do not try the taiwan deep fried chicken.. its taste sour.. we change it second times its still the same .. for the first bite and we throw it away.. the restaurant we been is the restaurant at the corner side opposite the bak kut teh shop....its making my mom having the food poisoning i think the food its leaving about few days i guess.... and the food comes out fast ... we not feeling so well after the dinner there.!!!

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