Restaurant Peek: Shanghai Kitchen
By Peter Bui
4940 S. Yosemite St. E-8 | Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Tel: 303.290.8430 | www.shanghaikitchendenver.com
Mon – Fri: 10:30am to 9:30pm
Sat – Sun: 11:00am to 9:15pm
Chinese cuisine is not just one cuisine in itself, but consists of several different types that originated in regions across China. Each cuisine has its own unique flavors and ingredients, creating distinct flavor profiles. When it comes to the Shanghai and Szechuan cuisines, Shanghai Kitchen has been cooking these fabulously for more than 13 years.
When Harry Zhou opened his cozy restaurant in the DTC/Greenwood Village area his focus was to serve up traditional dishes with some recipes dating back over 100 years. Zhou especially wanted to showcase the familiar dishes from his hometown of Shanghai and no dish is more representative of Shanghai than xiao long bao – soup dumplings. These pork dumplings are stuffed with gelatinized broth and when steamed the contents fill each dumpling with soup. The dumplings have gained widespread popularity in recent years, and Shanghai Kitchen is one of the few restaurants in the mile-high area that serves the juicy baos. The restaurant also has an original spin on roasted duck with its green tea smoked duck which is smoked for a few hours before roasting. The taste is familiar to most smoked meat, but in this case the delightful fragrance of green tea is lightly present.
There are many worthwhile items on the menu but like most great Chinese restaurants, Shanghai Kitchen has even more amazing off-menu items such as their crab noodles. Clear vermicelli noodles are stir-fried with bits of crab meat, crab roe, carrots and topped with green scallions – a fantastic dish for noodle lovers.
Another off-menu item is the Szechuan-style chili pepper fish; orange roughy fish is stir-fried with green peppers, minced ginger, and chili oil and topped with a lot of colorfully diced chili peppers. The amount of chili peppers may look intimidating but it does not overpower the dish and provides just the right amount of heat.
Zhou, who is also the head chef, has more than 25 years of cooking experience. He loves to create dishes with whatever ingredients he has available so the specials change regularly. He also enjoys coming up with dishes for patrons by asking them what they are in the mood for and then goes back into kitchen to create a customized meal. For those patrons that may not know what “off-menu” dishes to order just ask the friendly staff or ask Zhou himself, and you will be able to experience some authentic and traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Scallion Pancakes $4.95
Pork Mini Dumpling (6) $5.25
Satay Chicken $6.25
Rice Noodle Bowl (Chicken or Beef) $9.50
Thai Noodle (Chicken or Beef) $9.50
Shanghai Rice Noodle Combination $9.95
Mongolian Pork $9.95
Eggplant Basil $10.50
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce $11.25
Garlic Scallops $12.95