Unlimited dim sum at this stylish art-deco Shanghai gem
Paul and I are hopelessly addicted to dim sum. For me it started when I lived in New York. My half Chinese cousin and I used to head down to Chinatown on Sundays where she schooled me on the leisurely lunchtime tradition of rolling food carts filled with dumplings and tasty bites and Yum Cha (drinking tea). For Paul dim sum really clicked when he lived in Thailand and visited the South where a local friend introduced him to a dim sum street stall – thereafter it became a breakfast ritual in Bangkok. And part of the fun of living in Asia is the easy access to traditional dim sum. As it turns out there are many styles, although it originated in Southern China in the Cantonese style in local teahouses where they served snacks with the tea. Today it is a weekend tradition from Bangkok and Singapore to Hong Kong and Shanghai, usually focused around the family reconnecting over a lunchtime meal. And when in Shanghai, one can indulge in this tradition where dim sum is served in the stylish, Chinese art deco environs of Lynn Modern Shanghai Cuisine near Nanjing Lu.
We discovered Lynn through a recommendation by a Chinese friend in Shanghai and it did not disappoint. We arrived on a Saturday morning around 11am to find the restaurant packed….full of families, expats and couples enjoying the unlimited dim sum feast for 88RMB per person ($13 USD / $18 SGD). Here one can enjoy Hong Kong style as well as Shanghai style dim sum including classic items like buns, dumplings, noodles, pork belly, soups, pork ribs, chicken feet and more.
We decided to do a mix of Hong Kong and Shanghai items. Classic Hong Kong items we ordered included some of our favourites like spring onion pancakes, steamed pork ribs, BBQ pork buns, steamed pork belly and steamed vegetable buns.
And for the Shanghainese dim sum we chose drunken chicken, steamed beef rice flour roll, fried Shanghai noodles, pork intestines and Shanghai-style wontons.
Paul and I agree that we are still partial to the Hong Kong style, but the Shanghai style was an education in the differences between the two types. And what is great about Lynn is that you can try a little bit of everything since the price includes unlimited dim sum. For us the Hong Kong Style is a bit more flavorful and toothsome (the textures are a mix of smooth and crispy), whereas the Shanghai style is in general more saucy and sweet / sour, employing a softer texture in the form of flour rolls and steamed items.
In hindsight, we definitely over-ordered and over-ate…but who can resist the temptation of a menu of items in which unlimited experimentation and trial are on offer?
We plan on making Lynn a regular stop in our Shanghai trips and hope that you do too.
Lynn Modern Shanghai Cuisine
99-1 Xikang Lu,near Nanjing Xi Lu
Telephone: +86 21 6247 0101