Shanghai Bun In Princeton Junction, NJ
- wench31 Jun 15, 2013 08:37 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Very excited when this opened. Before that, my only choice for noodle soup was Noodle Gourmet up in New Brunswick. Lawrenceville to NB is quite a schlep, although getting from Princeton across to, and back from, Princeton Junction during Route 1 rush hour is probably just as long, ha ha.
Anyway we've been there like 5 times already and enjoyed it every time!!
Soup dumplings - which I was the most excited about - I found them a tiny bit bland, and a bit too "porky" tasting (personal taste) - although still very good. Yes, the steamed things do take a long time.
Appetizers - scallion pancake, delicious although deep fried of course. The sesame noodles I also found bland, but with a tiny bit of a spicy kick. Recently I've been finding a lot of things bland or tasteless - must be my taste buds. Cucumber in spicy sauce is wonderful, especially in the recent heat wave.
The pot stickers were large, and somewhat greasy, of course deep fried things are such. The pork and chive buns are large and filled with a ton of chive (leek, really). The shrimp shumai were quite tasty, with a large whole shrimp on top of a bun stuffed with a pork mixture. Large, not the usual tiny bite-sized frozen kind you see in most places. Spicy wontons also quite good. They obviously roll out their own dumplings and dough.
Main dishes all were thoroughly enjoyed, including my favorite, the shredded pork with dried tofu. The Shanghai fried rice was delicious. They had a special of 3-Cup -Chicken, which was totally awesome!!! There was a choice of sauteed water spinach in garlic, which was also nice although floating in a lot of liquid.
Speaking of specials, a bit of an issue for me: they don't list the specials in English. (Also of note, all the times we've been there, we were the only Caucasian / American people in the place - which is a good thing because it obviously means more authentic food. They do have an "Americanized" menu choices such as chicken with broccoli and so forth).
However, the last time we went, the manager was not there, and we had a devil of a time with LANGUAGE BARRIER issues. Now, it's true, it happens. But I personally got upset and ticked off when, after pointing at the specials on the board, the waitress said "no, not for Americans". Come on!!! I know nothing rude or insulting was meant by her comment, it translates more to "well, we're not sure an American palate would appreciate this dish" but at the same time, it was, well, a bit insulting. (Note: we have since talked with Jennifer the owner, and she apologized and promised to speak to the wait staff - and it seems that the manager that night actually CALLED HER on her phone to seek assistance, since Jennifer was not at work. That's nice to know, and appreciated they will rectify the situation).
We were not able to order any of these dishes even if we wanted to, because of the language barrier issue. Very awkward all around.
For the record, I believe the dishes on the specials were the 3-Cup chicken, but they also had a dish of clams and what I assume was bitter melon, in a broth. It looked very good. Perhaps another time.
The noodle soups are sound quality, although I found my duck and taro soup a bit bland, until spiced up with some chili oil and a little soy sauce. As mentioned recently I personally have found things bland in general). Have yet to try one of the spicy noodle soup ones.
Also looking good on my short list to try would be the fish fillet dishes such as with ginger scallion, or black bean sauce. Next time.
Jennifer, the owner/manager, is quite nice and very pleasant. It's a pleasure to dine there when she is around, and she goes out of her way to be helpful (to us Americans, ha ha).
The restaurant has been filled every time we've gone, as mentioned almost an entirely Asian clientele. Someone on a post here mentioned Sultan Wok, which is good for the occasional fried rice and egg rolls, but not really in direct competition so perhaps they will both co-exist peacefully. It's a shame that so far, Jennifer has said they have no plans to deliver.
They also offer a "VIP" club card, which applies a 10 percent discount to cash payments.
Service is a bit disorganized, as everyone seems to be waiting on every table, randomly. We've already seen several "new" faces the different times we've been there - I'm sure as soon as they get settled in things will smooth out fully.
Another note - steamed dumplings of any sort take a very long time to arrive.
(For reference, it's a bit odd location. If you are coming over from Princeton / Route 1, once you go over the railroad overpass, you must make the left turn at the light and then another left into the driveway - being careful to avoid the maniac drivers from Dominos and Sultan Wok as they careen around!!).
This Chinese restaurant "was exceptional" said the couple I brought to eat there.
We choose to try this restaurant - as I had read an article on it, in the NY Times.
We had the pork dumplings, mini wontan soup, peking pulled pork, a noodle dish with a peanut sauce and a few other dishes. Everything was very good, no food floating in oil, no heavy sauces - everything light - clean looking and clean tasting, noodles great.
Restaurant was busy when we got there around 8 p.m., waited a few minutes, front end staff exceptionally pleasant, waitress had a difficult time understanding us - but we managed and she was very pleasant. Cost of meal was laughable, it was so low - none of us thought that it would be that inexpensive, under $60. for the 4 of us. Frankly they should charge more, make a little more money - no one would care, as there food is so good.
Food came out fairly quickly, when each dish was ready. When we left at 9:45 the restaurant was about 50% seated. We could see in the open kitchen that they were cleaning up - there hours state that they close at 9:30 on Fridays.