China Recommendations - Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou
Will be heading to China on whirlwind work visit and am looking for any recommendations for some good local cuisine. I'm not too big on fish, don't mind shellfish, and LOVE noodles and dumplings.
Staying @ Fairmont in Beijing and Shanghai, Westin Guangzhou, Wyndham Grand Chengdu
Any and all advice appreciated!
There are - or used to be - lots of smallish restaurants in the narrow streets around the Fairmount that cater to lunching workers from nearby office buildings. Mostly good and good value.
There are also Jian Bing carts and baozi places in the mornings, providing breakfast for the same workers in the morning.
You could walk to 3 Guizhou Men in SOHO complex, not exactly "local" but when are you ever going to get to Guizhou? The spicy pork ribs dish here is well known and lip-smackingly good.
Here are my slightly dated reports for Chengdu and Shanghai.
For Chengdu, Yu Bo's family restaurant is a must. It's still there because I sent friends there a month ago.
The dumpling places in Shanghai are still there as well. The same friends also ate at the Jia Jia Tang Bao and the place across the street.
IMHO the best restaurant in Guangzhou for Cantonese is Bing Sheng. It is a huge sprawling restaurant that seems always packed with locals. You can't go wrong picking a few things from it's well illustrated 60 odd page menu whether your taste is tame or adventurous. There are two or three branches in Guangzhou. I can also recommend Dong Kang Seafood, which is more touristy-- Fish tanks galore, a huge BBQ counter, outdoor seating option. Several places mentioned by foodie websites turned up to have gone out of business including one supposedly serving the best roast goose in Guangzhou. So be sure to have your concierge call ahead if you are going to places other than Bing Sheng.