Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) / Tunxi
On an upcoming trip to Shanghai, we're pondering taking some time to go to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Beyond what the Lonely Planet mentions (e.g., a place called Huīzhōu Měishí ), any places we should check out for the local cuisine in the nearby region?
Our verbal language skills are nil, but we're both skilled at pointing to whatever other people are eating, and I plan to research dishes so that I can recognize their characters on a menu.
Not much on this region on the boards. One thread from 2008:
re: Michael Rodriguez
Huh. Looking at descriptions of the place I went to in Tunxi, and various web (and guidebook) descriptions of Meishi Renjia, I think they are the same place. Did you place you go to have sample dishes as a basis for what you order strung along a long counter in the kitchen as shown in my photos?
On the other hand, according to the Google translated version of the following webpage, the place you went to, Meishi Renjia 美食人家 , is next door and "the same enterprise" as Laojie Diyilou.
==== Huangshan & Surrounding Areas ====
Tangkou: we had dinner at our hotel, the Pine Tree Lodge, which was advertised as "local cuisine." The English translations weren't especially useful, but the server guided us to two great dishes when I showed her the Chinese characters for mandarin stink fish and bamboo. The pork belly with bamboo shoots had little dice of pork belly, half fat half meat, and the most delicious and fresh bamboo I'd ever eaten. Mandarin stink fish was great too-- I loved how the preserving process separated the flesh from the bones. Translating the menu now, I'm seeing lots of Hui home style dishes available. English speaking and arrangement abilities of the staff were very helpful, but the accommodations were meager.
Huangshan summit: We came here for great views not great food and that's what we got. Bei Hai had a decent buffet breakfast and Xi Hai had an overpriced and okay lunch in their fancy dining room. Shilin had a pork dish so poorly prepared it could win awards.
Tunxi : Laojie Diyilou in Tunxi was awesome! It's the oldest restaurant in Tunxi and there's no menu. Instead, the downstairs area has sample dishes tagged with corresponding ID numbers. You write the IDs you want on small clipboards, along with your table number, and hand it to servers. Made to order dishes get delivered to your table and you can get more clipboards as the meal progresses. Nothing is in English, but you can tell what a lot of things are just by looking or by translating them with Pleco. Everything was deftly prepared. Fried dishes were crisp and greaseless, vegetable dishes were clean and fresh. The fēi bing 飞饼 were delicious-- the dough seemed similar to what's used for green onion pancakes, only here it's cooked in a single layer, topped with minimal toppings, cut into pieces, and served in a basket. The refreshing and crunchy cold mushrooms were on everyone's table and contained a few triangular little chilies--- a must have. Pressed shredded tofu, fried disks filled with cold cream, and some kind of sweet thing that looked like an American pancake were also excellent. Our total bill, with drinks, was 70 yuan and there was food leftover. I'd kill for a place like this back home.
A helpful post with other advice for the area: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9022...