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Jun 4, 2007 02:16 PM


Anyone know the name of the Szechuan restaurant across the street from the Sheraton in Ningbo (also called the Portman, if you ask any of the local Ningbonians)? Absolutely fantastic food....I just wish I knew what to call it in English...The sign has a warrior face, if that helps anyone recognize it.

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  1. I will tell you the name, I"ll be there tomorrow, please let me your recommendations ...of the menu....

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    1. re: telearmin

      ohh, there was a hot pot that was extremely good, "saliva chicken" (that's what my Chinese friend called it--so good you salivate for more), "glass" noodles, everything was very good that I had. The menu was "poetry" according to my hosts, and they ordered most food by chatting with the waitress rather than off the menu. Oh, the oxtails were fabulous--

    2. I just rode around there looking for the place. Do you mean the one with the kung fu weapons sitting in the lobby?

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      1. re: Mr. Ningbo

        MR Ningbo - where do you recommend for Ningbo style goose liver and ningbo style rock candy turtle?

        1. re: Jerome

          You know, despite living in Ningbo for several years, I had never heard of goose liver and softshell turtles until I started reading this forum. Part of it is that I avoid Ningbo seafood like the plague. You'd understand if you lived here and got served strange sea creatures with grit and tentacles while everyone at the table stared at you until you took a big bite. After a few dozen such dinners, washed down with horrid baijiu liquor, you learn to steer clear of Ningbo seafood. Several times a year, I have to attend banquets and eat Ningbo seafood accompanied by offensive 'Great Wall' red wine. It never gets any easier, although I know most of the dishes by now so there are rarely any surprises.

          Softshell turtles, cooked and covered in sugar glaze? That sounds awful. Likewise anything made from internal organs, particularly ground foods. Your best bet for these dishes would be the Shipu restaurant in Tian Yi Square. It's a quality establishment that serves everything that Ningbo seafood has to offer. The Sunward Fishery restaurant is equally "good".

          1. re: Mr. Ningbo

            So what you're saying is that everything mentioned in
            is pretty much awful.

            Is that right?

            1. re: Jerome

              Four of the dishes are yellowfish, and that's actually not bad at all. It's one of the better-tasting fishes I've ever eaten. The problem is that the wild yellowfish have been overfished out of existence, and the farm-raised ones don't have the same flavor. The only wild ones you can get are tiny, and it's a lot of work to get the meat out with all of those tiny bones (the Chinese just chew through the bones - unlike us, they consider bone as a food).

              Any seafood from the river is going to be polluted - only eat ocean seafood. That goes for just about anywhere in China. You can ask some more questions on

            2. re: Mr. Ningbo

              is the Shipu the restaurant with the giant carp with collagen injected lip logo? i recall it was a multi-story restaurant with a whole room of plates showing ingredients in the dishes? an interesting spot to say the least.

          2. re: Mr. Ningbo

            yes. that and the opera masks and the servers are in some sort of costume/head scarves.

          3. hmm - Szechuan... warrior face.... South Beauty group? (never been to Ningbo so hazarding a guess here!)

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              1. seeing this thread back
                here is the list of the big "yong" dishes in ningbo photos included.


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                1. re: Jerome

                  Some of the pictures are wrong...ha ha. But the Beilun district website is a great one, considering it's made by the Chinese government.