Almost three weeks in to my adventure in Asia and almost half of the money I've spent in Shanghai (which hasn't been that much at all) has been on food.
No surprise there.
Therefore I thought I would actually spread my new appreciation for the cuisine in Shanghai and write about three of my favourite foods that I've eaten so far. In no particular order...
OK I know ramen is Japanese and not Chinese. But the ramen here is delicious. The meat is always tender and the flavour of the broth is intense. I haven't had a bad serving of ramen yet which isn't something I can say about ramen at home. A good choice is Ajisen Ramen - a common chain which you should see around your home as well. Headquartered in Shanghai, it has a huge range of different ramen choices, hot pot and other dishes. For around RMB30 per bowl, it's hard for me to ever say no to ramen.
From China's far north-west Xinjiang province, Uyghur cuisine is dominated with lamb and beef, lathered in spices and finished off with rice or noodles. Even though I'm usually too weak to handle intense spice, the Uyghur cuisine spice is not overwhelming and complements each dish really well. I usually found the Uyghur chain restaurant that's common around Shanghai - it has a design similar to the star and crescent on the front. There is also a Uyghur market on Fridays on Changde Lu (near Changshou Road metro stop) where you can grab fresh meat, Uyghur bread, rice and lamb kebabs. The best part? I never paid more than RMB30 for a meal.
So simple but so good. You get a choice of broth. Then you choose your vegetables and meat and add it into this pot with extra sauce? Sounds wonderful to me. The best part is that it’s cooking right in front of you. The raw meat is cooked very quickly within the soup and the vegetables just tasted delicious. You might need to fork out a bit more for a meal (RMB40-RMB60) but you can add less to it to bring the price back down, like just going with meat or vegetables. So much fun to keep adding the meat and vegetables and even more delicious in the broth.
Have you had any of these foods in Shanghai? Let me know in the comments section below.
~ Olivia (WM)