New Shanghai Legend & Melbourne Peking Duck

November 2, 2012

Visiting two Chinese eateries cultivating a strong reputation, starting with New Shanghai Legend in Publika, an upscale spin-off from Pavilion's New Shanghai.

A vast variety of dim sum, served through nightfall, forms the bedrock of the menu here; we love the abalone-topped siew mai, a juicy, flavorsome treat.

Pumpkin-&-prawn dumplings. Not bad, but the tiny morsels of pumpkin have scant impact.

Whitebait coated with salted egg, a crispy-creamy addiction, heaped high for a mere RM15.

Our favorite: the Shanghai Dandan noodles. Might not look remarkable but tastes terrific, thanks to a nuttiness that nicely complements its spiciness.

New Shanghai Legend serves wine, but only by the bottle. Reasonable prices though.

Next up, Melbourne Peking Duck, an excellent addition to Bangsar's Telawi neighborhood.

You're one dead duck, mister! A RM78 set (which comes closer to RM88 after taxes) avails customers of an entire duck.

Chop, chop: service here is fast & friendly, while the fowl itself is fleshy & flavorsome.

No complaints; two of us gobbled up more than 16 of these bundles of joy, filled with as much meat as skin, within a half-hour.

Drumsticks & thighs are served whole, while the remainder of the duck is tossed with taugeh in one of the tastiest preparations of this that we've ever tried.

Also extremely enjoyable: duck soup with salted veggies, tofu & tomatoes. Perfect, really.

New Shanghai Legend @ EAT Food Village, Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

Melbourne Peking Duck @ 24-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

New Shanghai Legend @ EAT Food Village, Publika, Kuala Lumpur.