Hey I'm going to shanghai (and HK), i'll be there from 6/17-6/23. I'm looking for good restaurants recs. I generally want to stick with chinese food unless you've got something ridiculous, but I'm coming from NY so I don't need other recs really. I'll eat everything, I have no qualms about anything. Language won't be an issue.
As far as specific recs:
- any good shanghai / su zhou / zhe jiang type food
- xiao long bao
- any type of street food areas (street food is my favorite)
- any other great chinese food
Happy to hear any recs anyone has.
also, totally not shanghainese food, but I heard there is an outlet of Rou Gu Cha King in shanghai which serves rou gu cha / ba kuh teh....is it any good? I was in singapore in december, but unfortunately i did not have a chance to get any ba kuh teh (my trip was short there) and its a dish i love, so i was wondering if there version is any good
Yang's fried dumplings is a must-try for first time visitors, it's a local place, always hectic with long lines: http://www.sugarednspiced.com/yangs-fried-dumplings/
I personally prefer Din Tai Fung for a cleaner Xiao Long Bao experience: http://www.sugarednspiced.com/din-tai...
Nan Xiang dumplings for me is overrated and not half as good as Din Tai Fung.
To the Shanghai experts,
how is this list from a friend of mine living there? It looks really good!
Jia Jia Tang Bao
90 Huanghe Lu
Popular xaiolongbao joint. Other locations around town, but this one is directly opposite Xiao Yang's Shengjian bao so you can hit up both places.
Hai Jin Zi
240 Jinxian Lu
021 6225 0371
Homestyle in a no-frills dining room. This street has several other homestyle SHnese restaurants, the most famous (in the foreign press) being Chun, but I've never heard anything positive about that place from a normal diner.
Xiao Bai Hua
299 Wanping Lu
021 6472 1867
Homestyle but a bit more sophisticated than the above. Entrance is actually in lane #297. The Hong Shao Rou here tastes like it has stinky tofu in it so I avoid that one.
168 Yueyang Lu
021 6467 7381
Restaurant serving SHnese food like the in the old days (not as sweet, for one). We usually order the xialongbao, the duck with pancakes, Lion head meatballs, along with a few cold dishes.
Dian Shi Zhai
320 Yongjia Lu
021 5465 0270
The kind of genteel place with good food you'd take visiting guests.
1039 Yuyuan Lu
021 5237 1878
Upscale in a shabby-chic old villa. Minimum spending is 150rmb per person in main dining room, 200rmb in private rooms. When booking, they may suggest their sister restaurant Fu 1088 (all private rooms with min spending of 300rmb pp) but don't fall for it.
169 JinXian Lu, 2nd floor
021 5157 5510
Popular with expats. Get the fried goat cheese, banana blossom salad, mint salad, grilled chicken wings, beef on toothpicks, and any of the chef recommended dishes on the menu. Hard to find: Go to the door left of the entrance for Le Cygne restaurant and go to the 2nd floor.
199 Huangpu Lu, 1/F, Hyatt on the Bund
黄浦路199号, 外滩茂悦大酒店1楼 近武昌路
021 6393 1234 ext 6318
Best Peking Duck in Shanghai. Not that expensive for a fancy hotel restaurant.
2905 Xietu Lu
021 6481 2005
Beatles-themed yakitori joint. Best in town, for when you're sick of Chinese.
333 Chengdu Bei Lu, 3rd fl
89 Fumin Lu
021 6249 5628
Favorite of expats and locals alike. Not sure it's authentic, but it's way better than Di Shui Dong, another Hunan joint that expats flock to.
725 Jiaozhou Lu
021 6230 6550
The spiciest dish I ever tried in Shanghai is here, some frog dish that everybody could only take one bite of.
Hai Di Lao
468 Changshou Lu
021 6277 0701
This place gets crazy packed considering its football field size. Reservations are accepted for before 6:30PM or something like that. Service, good prices, and the free extras (shoe shine? manicure? mobile phone "perfuming"?) are what keeps the customers loyal. Try the kungfu noodles. Open 24hrs.
Wu Guan Tang
349 Xinhua Lu
Our favorite vegetarian restaurant. No mock meats (though they have faux crab roe), msg, carbonation, deep-frying nor alcohol. But still tasty.
Of these or related places I've only been to Fu 1088 and loved it, same deal as the other Fu, but have heard that the food at 1088 is better. PS it would be hard to choose among Taipei, Shanghai, and HK for food (have only beein in Seoul airport in transit.) Have spent more time in the other two than in HK but lean toward either Taipei or Shanghai for preference. bigjeff do please consider a day trip to Suzhou, unique local cuisine - go to Wang Si in the Guanqian district, I love that place. It's only 25 mins from Shanghai on the highspeed train. I know, I keep going on about Suzhou, can't help it.
At a lower price point in Hangzhou is the Hyatt Hotel's Chinese Restaurant, which is called something like 28 Hubin, after the address. The dong po rou and Beggar's Chicken dishes at Xin Da Lu (Shanghai Hyatt) are actually traditional Hangzhou dishes whose particular preparation was invented at the Hangzhou Hyatt. For example, dong po rou can be commonly found in Shanghai & other areas, but the presentation found at 28 Hubin and Xin Da Lu, where the meat is sliced into a ribbon and served with bamboo shoots and pancakes, originated at 28 Hubin. Pretty much anything you order at either restaurant (Xin Da Lu and 38 Hubin) will be good, and prices are not that high.
Also, to update my other post, prices at Ding Tai Feng are much higher than Jia Jia Tang Bao, but probably around the level of a TGI Friday's or Bennigan's. You're not breaking the bank. Unless you go for the abalone and truffle xiaolongbao.
I'm so happy to hear you're going to Suzhou, you'll enjoy it I'm sure. (Hangzhou is lovely too, haven't been to Nanjing since '94 but it was then quite reminiscent of Taipei in the '80s, down to the sidewalk paving stones.) In Suzhou we also liked the Songhelou, a restaurant that's been in the same location since the Qing dynasty. 1st 2 below of the Wang Si, the 3rd is the outside of the Songhelou. But go to the Wang Si.
Chu Xiang, the Hubei restaurant you cite, has changed its name and moved. It's now called Lian Canting (Lotus Restaurant) and is located at
I've been told the menu hasn't changed. I never made it to the original location, and haven't been to the new location yet, so can't really say.
The new location is kind of between Zhongshan Park and Jiangsu Lu subway stops, and between Dingxi and Anxi Roads.
Guyi has opened a second location in the 8th floor of the Jiuguang Mall (久光广场), which is literally on top of the Jing'An Temple subway stop. I think my wife tried the new location and said it was the same as the old.
If you want upscale Hunan food, this place might be worth a shot:
Also, Hunan food is apparently pretty similar to the Hubei food provided by Chu Xiang/Lian restaurant.
That same 8th floor of Jiuguang Mall also has my favorite place for Cantonese dim sum, which is called Royal China or Royal Pavilion or something.
If you sneak in around 11:30, there should be pretty much no wait, but starting around 12:10, there's usually a half hour wait or more. The line dies down again around 1:00, I think.
I like Ding Tai Feng for the xiaolongbao, porkchop fried rice, hot and sour soup, mango ice, and air conditioning. Also, not all locations have the mango ice. But it's much more expensive than Jia Jia.
There's other really good Japanese & Korean options, but I'm guessing you're focusing on Chinese food.
Lau, you are back from Shanghai? I'd be happy to eat in your footsteps; I'm gonna be there from August 9 to 17 so any general thoughts following your original requests (mine are identical) would be awesome.
looking up separate info for the other legs of my trip (taipei before shanghai, seoul after shanghai).
sounds dangerous! ya, I've spent many summers in taiwan (and its night markets) but it will be my first time in both Shanghai and Seoul. Luckily, I've got a very foodie-friend that I'm staying with in Seoul:
she was just telling me about the Doughnut Plant shop that opened in Seoul!
yah i'll write up a review within a week
you should stop by HK, HK still has my favorite food in asia as well as singapore (taipei and malaysia are in 2nd place)
Food in korea is very good although i'd go for stuff other than bbq, bbq is very good, but i actually think its better in LA...better quality meat
Take me with you pls. Have a great time! (If you have time, how about a 20 min bullet train ride to Suzhou and dinner at the Wang Si, my favorite restaurant there? Can also fit in a garden visit, the Humble Administrator's garden and the Suzhou Museum are easy walking dstance from the restaurant.)
Hi Lau: I have not yet gotten around to posting my report from my recent trip to Shanghai. But since you are traveling soon, I will chime in here and say that I consider JiShi (Jesse) to be an essential stop on a food-oriented visit. There is lots of info here on the various dishes. Please do not miss this place and be sure to book ahead. Outstanding.
I was there for a very short stay (2 days) earlier this year, and this board was a tremendous help in deciding where to check out in such a short amount of time! So look around, you will find a bunch of past threads, as buttertart mentioned above.
That said, I really enjoyed Jia Jia Tang Bao ( https://foodiejaponica.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/1-4-2/ ) and also the dim sum course meal at Nanxiang Mantou Dian ( https://foodiejaponica.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/3/ ).
Also, if you haven't tried fried wasps ;) ...this might be interesting too ( https://foodiejaponica.wordpress.com/... ). Wasps aside, it was a pretty good noodle soup.
(http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/malaysian/has/food-fusion/) or My Nyonya Gallery (http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shangha...) which are both more msian style.
Hi Lau, it seems to me there are scads and oodles of info on this board about every conceivable restaurant experience in Shanghai - many of the same names of places come up over and over again. Haven't seen a reference to your request on ba kuh teh however although have seen Malaysian/Singaporean food mentioned (and the Crystal Jade restaurants are Singapore-owned I believe, you could start looking there).
PS if you miss your goose again in HK ;-) go to Hengshan Café, they'll fix you right up.