Quite a while ago… On a rainy Friday night, we came to this Shanghainese restaurant. I’ve been wanted to try it since one day I drove by the plaza and saw the name of the restaurant. It caught my attention because I used to frequent the å°å—åœ‹ in Hong Kong. I like the food there, including the dessert å¿ƒå¤ªè»Ÿ (Heart too soft = stuffed red date)
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That night, we ordered another famous Shanghainese dish – æ±å¡è‚‰ (slow-braised pork belly). There are so many different versions of stories about how this dish got named after a Chinese poet, a scholar. (More…) But looking at these cubes of braised meats, how exactly it got its name somehow didn’t really matter to me. The belly consisted of half fat and half meat, but when you eat it, it shouldn’t taste as greasy as it may look. The slow-braised pork belly there was actually quite good. 3 pieces per person, plus a bowl of rice! Yummm… It tasted good – somehow reminds me of “lard + rice” (è±¬æ²¹æ’ˆé£¯) Not very healthy, but it’s ok… I’m not eating that everyday. (More…)
We also ordered the è˜¿è””çµ²é¤… (Turnip Cake… this name is quite misleading since the turnip cake i’m talking about here is made in a way that shredded turnip mixed with green onion, dried small shrimps is put inside a dough, and baked.) The turnip cake we had was so-so… the turnip was a bit raw, and the crust was kinda hard.
Since we only ordered two things, it’s not fair to judge the restaurant based on that. However, I found that it took them a bit too long to cook/deliver the food. Given the size of the restaurant, the turnover should be faster. Service was ok. The dinner was about $20ish.
FYI: A Taste of Shanghai å°å—åœ‹
360 Highway 7 East. unit 15-16 Richmond hill. (å¯Œæ™¯å•†å ´å…§)