|Modern China Restaurant
|421,Wangfujing 2,Kuahua zhong Rd.|
|028 8553 0893|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
Earlier this year the Kehua and 2nd ring shopping mall previously known as Beilian Tianfu was reincarnated as Chengdu's second Wangfujing. The fourth floor houses a collection of slick new restaurants, including popular Hong Kong dining destination Modern China Restaurant. Modern China brings updated versions of Shanghai, Beijing, and Sichuan dishes. MORE was recently treated to a few of their most popular dishes.
The soup dumplings, described on the menu as “mouthful small steamed meat buns”, are a must order. These were definitely a step above street tang bao, with tender filling, thin wrappers, and very flavourful soup. We didn't really know what to expect before we bit into the Shanghai style appetizer of braised gluten but it was sweet, chewy, and full of complementary textures. Most of the table really enjoyed it. The shredded meat and pickled vegetable tofu sandwich looked like someone had been playing in the kitchen, but it proved to be a seriously refreshing combination of smooth, cool tofu, floss, preserved vegetable, and green onion. Another signature dish of tangy and crispy smoked fish was loved by everyone.
An elegant dish of green bean, egg white, and fish, described on the menu as “sauteed egg white and milk”, impressed us with its lightness and delicacy. The fried river shrimp dish was also simply done and showed off the beautiful colour and flavour of the shrimp. The elaborate knife work that went into the impressive presentation of the sweet and sour boneless king fish had also taken care of most of the bones. This dish made us understand why Shanghai has such a reputation for sweet food.
The menu was well illustrated and translated with thumbs up signs beside the starring players, so even though many of the dishes were new to us we found their menu easy to navigate. The night we visited the restaurant was busy, but the servers were taking good care of everyone. Diners can expect to pay around RMB100 per person.