Here’s our first real dinner at Shanghai.
We went to Yuan Yuan, a local fine dining restaurant chain that has branches in China’s major cities. They specialize in traditional Shanghai cooking with a modern presentation. We went to the one at the posh Westgate Mall on Nanjing Xi Road.
The interior is pretty modern Chinese Chic. The complimentary appetizers were tasty and addictive (a bit MSG-ish though).
Braised Pork with Brown Sauce. A very unhealthy dish that’s really good. The pork was cooked very tenderly and the skin+fat part were gelatin-like. The soy sauce was sweet but never too overwhelmed. Surprisingly, it didn’t feel greasy nor heavy.
Chinese dates stuffed with glutinous Rice. Addictive and not too sweet, very lovely! Supposedly it’s good for beauty too (this is more like a dessert).
Crab Roe Fried Rice. Seems like we have crab roe in every post, but that’s because October was Shanghai’s regional “Mitten Crab” season! (post on that coming soon)
Before the trip I worried if I’ll get tired of the Shanghai flavors, which is always loaded with the sweeten brown sauce that could get one note. Even though we never order ‘braised brown sauce’ dish again in this trip, I found myself secretly craving it all the time.
Yuan Yuan 圆苑
7/F Westgate Mall, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu (by Jiangning Lu)