Dot Com Shanghai Kitchen

For this week’s edition of Dot Com Pho, we decided to take a break from Pho and try something new. Since I will be flying to Shanghai this Friday, I recommended we get a taste of China by heading to Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen. Vancouver Magazine list Chen’s as the best casual Chinese restaurant in the city and it’s easy to see why. The place is always packed and you are sometimes required to share a table with other diners. That is a small price to pay for Chen’s famous Xiao-long bao – unequivocally, the city’s best.

Getting a table at Chen’s can be an adventure in itself – they don’t take reservations. Fortunately, Sarah and the owner of Chen’s are good friends and she was able to set aside a table for us. I’m sure that upset dinners that were waiting but hey, it’s all about who you know! We had a full house of 14 show up for Dot Com Shanghai Kitchen.

This is the first Dot Com video to be edited with iMovie 09. There are some really cool new feature and I’m still trying to learn them all. Expect to see much better quality movies in the future.

For the first edition of Dot Com Shanghai Kitchen, we have the continuing iPhone vs. Blackberry fight, Stephen reading from a script, the dirty dozens, Ed being late (as usual), eating pig ears, the famous Xiao-long bao and Sally not liking anyone. Enjoy!

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

38 thoughts on “Dot Com Shanghai Kitchen”

  1. Mike B. says:

    Pig ears really? I feel so cultured reading your blog lol.


    1. Ben Pei says:

      Hey dude, its really nice! Its like soft bones, very crunchy taste.

      1. I’ve always kind of wanted to try it, but was afraid that it’d taste nasty.

    2. Jennifer Hill’s website is making me hungry! lol

    3. It looks like they are alive, sure are pig ears? Dont like much pig, I rather eat chicken.

  2. Watching the video made me hungry. I love Xiao-Long Bao, can’t find good ones here in Richmond VA. The best are in NYC Chinatown.

    1. I am already full but looking at the food I feel hungry all over again.

  3. Ben Pei says:

    I love Xiao Long Bao too. And also the shanghai fried noodle. We have very nice Shanghai dishes in restaurants here in Singapore.

    So I am not so jealous about it this time!

  4. Rajit Khadgi says:

    Looks delicious … wish even I could travel like you to places to taste such foods … mouth watering … yummyyy

  5. Ray Ebersole says:

    Nice video with iMove 9. Also, I could read it, but I wear contacts.

  6. game-girl says:

    I like photos of dishes and tasted some of them.Very delicious I must say.Now I try to eat not too much.

  7. Hey John how did you do the Photo Album editing style? It looks pretty cool. I also liked the Star Wars like credits.

    Did Sally will follow us if we follow her at Twitter? lol.

    1. John Chow says:

      The photo album and star wars credits are a few feature of iMovie 09.

  8. You are guilty of forcing me to eat late at night and gain weight…oh well, it’s more fun this way anyhow πŸ™‚

  9. Kent says:

    have been a fan of this restaurant for more than 5 years, since they were still in Leslie road. Used to go there very often. However, just went there today around 5:30pm, the place was a surprisingly quiet so we had no problem got a table. The food is still as good as before.

  10. Every single last bit of it looks completely and utterly delicious. I was never a huge fan of Chinese food, but it now it seems I’ve been missing out on quite a few things!

  11. John,

    I’m really liking your restaurant spotlight posts! Even though I’m a looong way from Vancouver, it’s great to see how many unique restarants are available in the city.

    The photos and videos are quite a nice touch as well!

  12. John,
    You’ve got good video editing skills. I simply love the xiao-long pau. No competition with others whatsoever.

    Peter Lee

  13. smashill says:

    This looks somewhere between tasty and a heart attack due to fat πŸ™‚

  14. Now, this is what I called ‘Foods’! πŸ™‚

  15. Gary says:

    The food was good, but damn was it greasy.

    Stephen reading from a script was hilarious…dude, just remember, no matter what you say, the iPhone is the best phone on the planet–hands down. muhahahah πŸ˜‰

    1. Stephen says:

      There’s always room for toys. The iPhone will go down in history along with Tickle Me Elmo πŸ˜†

      One more thing… Palm Pre πŸ˜‰

  16. Pahn says:

    another tasty treat from JohnChow… I love the authenticated look of these foods,, makes me remember those days when we use to visit big chinese resto

  17. game-girl says:

    I have eaten pig ears not long ago.It was for the second time.I like the dish better this time.To have a liking for the Chinese dishes I must eat more of them.I must work hard at this point of my life.LOL!

  18. cnlogger says:

    chinese food is always delicious..

  19. Pig ears are delicious!

  20. Dean Saliba says:

    My dad loves pig’s ears. I have not tasted them but I get the feeling they would be quite crunchy?

  21. wow Looking at all that yummy food, wants to make me say, to heck with my diet!:D

  22. I’m never gonna have all this! 😐

  23. Fried Rice with Sugar looks good! πŸ™‚

  24. game-girl says:

    John,is it good to have a family friend running a restaurant business?

  25. At first glance, the second meal looks like it might have worms in it!

  26. game-girl says:

    I think there exist kinds of worms that can be eatable.I’d rather taste the dish.

  27. The food always looks so good!!!

  28. Wow John…fried much?


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