Philadelphia resident Eddie Cheng decided to expand his Michelin-recommended restaurant Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao to Towne Place in Garden State Park to bring authentic and traditional dim sum closer to home.
Cherry Hill will be the second location for the restaurant, which has served Shanghai food in Flushing, Queens in New York City, for nearly 15 years.
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Zheng initially planned to open downtown as a Philadelphia resident for 20 years. But he considered the effects of the pandemic on the city’s environment and decided to follow the flow of people in Cherry Hill.
“Because a lot of people are going to work in Philadelphia but they live in South Jersey,” Zeng said. “It (Cherry Hill) is very close to downtown Philadelphia…and has easy parking.”
Zheng Restaurant isn’t the only new addition to the former Garden State Park racetrack. The bustling Cherry Hill complex continues to add new restaurants and shops, following M&M Realty Partners’ vision for the site.
Joe Morris, executive vice president of M&M Realty Partners, said they have seen an “unprecedented number” of additions.
Together with Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, a lease for Crumbl cookies has been signed and this business will open in early 2022.
Spread Bagelry, a Philadelphia/Montreal-style bagel store, heads to the mall. Morris said they are “working on it and excited about its opening.”
Last year, TJ Maxx mall, HomeGoods, Trader Joe’s, and Costco wholesale store opened. The leases were signed for Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Wild Fork Foods, Meat and Seafood Market, and Trinity Rehab.
The sugar factory is still in operation. Morris said he is in the contracting stage. The Cherry Hill site will be one of 15 new sugar mill sites scheduled to open in the near future.
Then, at the beginning of 2021, lease contracts for the national food chain Chopt Creative Salad Co. were signed. , a salad and cereal bowl restaurant, and pizzeria, famous for its rectangular pies.
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Soup dumplings are on the menu at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao in Flushing. Guests can choose from a large selection of steam-filled buns.
There are breakfast items too, like salt sticky rice rolls, green onion pancakes, and red beans, appetizers like chicken in wine sauce and cucumber salad, a variety of dim sum, noodle soup, fried noodles and fried rice cake bowls and desserts.
With comfortable wooden chairs and tables, and red accents throughout the interior, guests can enjoy dumpling soup in an elegant space.
The expected opening date of the restaurant is July 2022.
Cheng is no stranger to the restaurant industry or South Jersey, with Ten Asian Food Hall across from the mall, 40 Tsaocaa Bubble Tea stores and nine restaurants in the Philadelphia area.
So expanding into an area considered home made sense for Cheng.
“I know the area… I can see it as my second city,” Zheng explained. “So I’m trying to bring her to my hometown. And I think that’s better than bringing me to Florida, Miami, because I’m not familiar with that area, that city.”
For married couple Karen and Daryl Doucet in Manalapan, Garden State Park was the setting for the second Crumbl Cookies.
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“We were just looking at areas and Cherry Hill is just a great area,” Karen said. “There’s really great shopping there, so we thought Cherry Hill would be a great place to bring it in.”
The Duchettes plan to open their first cookie franchise location, known for their long list of flavours, in Ocean Town on December 16. They plan to open the Cherry Hill site in February or March 2022.
The shop will have its distinctive look in white, black and pink. There will be six flavors on the menu with milk chocolate chips and refrigerated sugar cookies and a rotation of about 250 different flavors.
Karen looks forward to guests trying the biscuits and having the same “unforgettable experience” that she “has had in those biscuits”.
Hira Qureshi covers food and drink for the Courier Post, Burlington County Times, Daily Journal, Bucks County Times anddetective. She can be reached at [email protected] or 856-287-8106. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.