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Shanghai Bun In Princeton Junction, NJ

I was driving by when I saw their sign. I decided to drive into this strip mall and saw that the grand opening is going to be this Friday ( June 21). According to my husband, their menu at the door looks a little different.

The approximate address is :

33 Princeton Hightstown Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

It's in the same strip mall with Dunkin' Donuts and Dominos.

Can't wait!

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  1. Let us know how it is. The Asian restaurant at the end of Washington right outside the PJ NJ Transit parking lot is also worth a trip.

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    1. re: Rigmaster

      What is the name of this restaurant? I'm not familiar with the area.

      1. re: wench31

        Sultan Wok's the name. As OG said, they might not be too happy about SB opening. On the other hand, food and service will decide. SW's stepped up it's game in recent years so I don't think it's going to get severely crimped. They also do a very healthy takeout and delivery business that SB might have a tough time getting. SW's portions tend to be rather generous so SB will have to do meet or exceed that standard.

        I wish I had time to do a head-head. If I ever do and this thread's still around, I'll do it and post results. Don't see it in the cards this summer though:( Too many other places to try.

        1. re: Rigmaster

          I don't think SB and SW are necessarily in direct competition with each other. SW is for cheap chinese/sushi takeout or delivery, especially later at night. You go to SB to eat in and get home made noodles and authentic dishes.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Unless Sultan Wok has changed since I lived in West Windsor 2 years ago, it is strictly a takeout place.

            1. re: ieee488

              Basically, no Chinese person in their right mind would eat at a Sultan Wok if there is a Shanghai Bun next to it. :)

              1. re: yCf

                Not just a Chinese person, but no person with a discerning taste palate would eat at Sultan Wok if there is a Shanghai Bun next to it. :-)

            2. re: joonjoon

              I had a chance to try out this new restaurant on Friday. We got there about 12:30pm, and the place was packed. I would suggest getting there at 1pm when the pace slows now.

              The buns weren't hot enough. By the name they got to us, they were warm-ish.

              Otherwise, the food was very good. Definitely going back again.

              1. re: ieee488

                We went there again for the second time.
                Arrived at about 1pm after the lunch rush.

                Had the Shanghai Fried Noodles. If you are anticipating crispy noodles from the word fried, it isn't. But very good.

                Also, had the Fish Fillets with Scallions and Ginger Sauce. Also very good.

                Next time, I am going to have the Sesame Beef Sandwiches again.

                http://princetonshanghaibun.com/

          2. re: wench31

            The one at the end of Washington near the train station is Asian Bistro, not in the same plaza as SB and SW. It is Korean-owned. We used to take out there all the time when we lived in Princeton Junction. Tried Sultan Wok once and never went back.

            http://www.asianbistronj.com/

            1. re: Leonard Kim

              Website looks good! Is Asian Bistro good? Will definitely check them out when I go by there again! Thanks!

        2. I think that's the same strip mall with a branch of Sultan Wok. The SW folks can't be too happy about Shanghai Bun opening.....

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          1. re: OGguy

            That's the one! Personally, I think it's a bad location. You can easily miss it if you're not looking for the place. Hope they make it.

            1. We went here on the second day of grand opening. Place is very nice and clean looking! They were only serving appetizers, soups and noodles for now but it was still quite a large selection. They weren't ready to serve the lunch and dinner entrees.
              We ordered the Braised Beef Noodle Soup. The noodles were udon and not freshly made like the one in Matawan. The braised beef was a little bit tough. We also ordered the Shanghai Rice Cake and loved it! Rice cake was nice and soft and there was just the right amount of chopped baby mustard greens in it. We also ordered scallion pancakes and loved it as well. It was nicely fried and the hot chili oil was a nice accompaniment with it. Finally, we ordered the soup buns. I think they forgot our order but it eventually came out and they apologized for it. The soup buns tasted great. The owner recognized me and said that she owns this place. Her younger brother owns the one in Matawan and her younger sister owns the one in Edison. A nice little family business. They also have this VIP card where you get 10% off if you can pay in cash. Just go and register with the cashier. I love this place! It's nice and clean and it's new! I've also uploaded some photos of my wonderful lunch. I forgot to take a picture of my Braised Beef with Noodles. Enjoy!

               
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              1. re: wench31

                Shanghai Rice Cake is my go to dish in Matawan. Will check out the new location soon.

              2. Wasn't able to load these 2 extra photos. Had to use a different computer!