Tag: Cantonese

Shanghai Night Eats Tour

Shanghai Night Eats Tour

It’s been more than a year and a half since Ellie and I went on the Shanghai Street Eats Breakfast Tour. Ever since then, I wanted to try the UnTour’s night tour and finally got around to going a couple of weeks ago.

June is the last month Cassie, a friend I met through GGI, was in Shanghai before going back to the US. She wanted to go as well, so we did it as kind of a fun farewell dinner. The tour was a culinary journey through China: We tried food from Xi’an, Guangzhou/Hongkong, Ningbo, Sichuan and finally Shanghai. I knew most of the cuisines from our China travels (and other food tours), but also got to try some new dishes, which was fun.

Xi’an Burgers

On our first stop, we got some Xi’an style “burgers” – crispy buns stuffed with pork. It was similar to the lamb buns we tried in Xi’an last year but I think even better.

Cantonese Food

Next, we walked over to a Cantonese place and had some really tasty sweet barbecued pork. I skipped the fatty pork belly, but also tried some fried noodles, pinapple bun and the mango tapioca dessert.

Tastes of Ningbo

The Ningbo restaurant was the most interesting stop for me because I’ve never been and never tried the food. I wasnโ€™t a big fan of the jelly fish and fried fish they served, but loved the fava bean puree and fried bamboo chips. The rice cakes they served were also pretty good.

Spicy Sichuan

It’s a good thing we already did a food tour in Chengdu, so the rabbit head didn’t come as much of a shock ๐Ÿ™‚ Our guide demonstrated very well how to take it apart and eat it, so Cassie and I tried some of the parts, cheek and brain to be exact. The cheek meat was good, I didn’t care too much for the brain, but maybe it’s just because it was hard for me to get over what we were eating. The spicy wontons, noodles and cucumbers were very tasty!

Shanghainese Goodies

And finally, we also had some Shanghai food – you can never go wrong with xiaolongbao ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a really fun and yummy evening. Even though all the places are only a metro stop away, I would have never gone to any of them myself, since they’re mostly little holes-in-the-wall and Chinese only. Now, I have a map with all the stops and names of all dishes, so Marlyn and I are thinking to recreate the highlights of the food tour soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend Adventures or That Time we crashed a Chinese Wedding

Weekend Adventures or That Time we crashed a Chinese Wedding

On Saturday afternoon I met Shane, a good friend of one of my best friends back home, for the first time. She is from Shanghai and showed me around the city. (“Trust me, I’m a local.”) We had a really fun day, here are some of the highlights:
The air was really clear and the weather was great so she showed me a fantastic view. It’s a secret where it is, so I can’t tell you but you can appreciate this awesome picture I took:

We also went to People’s Park, where the marriage market is. There, a lot of people sit with signs posted on umbrellas detailing someone’s age, height, salary and other useful information trying to find them someone to marry. Shane translated some for me but none of them convinced me to leave Thorben ;). All the people there where pretty old and Shane told me that often it is the parents or relatives who want their kids to get married so they take things into their own hands.

When we wandered around we saw a cool building and went to have a closer look. You could just go into the gate and walk over to a small park and inside the park there was a wedding going on. (It looked like the ceremony was already over.) So of course we sat down somewhere in the background and observed a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ Leaving the park we saw a sign about the wedding so Yang and Rourou: Congratulations and I wish you lots of happiness!

No day is complete without good food so we went to dinner at a restaurant that served Yunnan cuisine. Shane took my “Just order what you like, I want to try some different things.” very serious so I got to taste quite a variety. My favorite was a cold noodle dish with beef, chicken and veggies, but the pineapple salad, fish and okra where also really good. And I also liked the kiwi avocado drink I had to get because some of the food was pretty spicy. I’m still working on my spice level tolerance ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, there were only two of us …

Speaking of the weekend and food, of course I also ate on Friday and Sunday. Friday night after work I went to a Cantonese restaurant with Pearl. She ordered all her family’s favorite dishes so I tried pidgeon for the first time. Once you get over the fact that it is looking at you (Thank you, Pearl for quickly hiding the head) the meat is really good ๐Ÿ™‚ We also had 2 shrimp dishes, fried turnips and sweet buns with an egg yolk sugar filling. After burning a few calories through shopping we got some mango desserts.

After I finished unpacking and organizing the kitchen on Sunday I met a friend I know through university and his girlfriend in Tiรกnzว Fฤng. Tianzi Fang is an old residential area in the French Concession with many small alleyways that now house lots of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. It is pretty touristy and crowded but still fun to walk around in. We had some pretty good Indian food at a restaurant there.