:: I found a great place in Shanghai to get wanton and zongzi. On Huating Rd., very close to the Middle Huaihai Rd. intersection (north side, basically at the entrance way to the old Tang Hui), a new place opened up last week. It’s not really a restaurant, but rather just someone’s home. There are only two proper tables, one of which is in the family’s living room and doubles as a wanton-wrapping station – it’s also where I sat and had my breakfast this morning (see first photo below). The other table is a fold-out that can be setup for outside seating. Great food and Longjing tea (free, of course). Pardon the reddish effect with the photos, I was testing out a new iPhone app called Vint Red. Pretty neat result. // AjS
Archive for the ‘food’ Category
:: the man, the myth, the legend behind everyone’s favorite lunch spot in Shanghai, Mr. Jason Jones (a fellow Detroiter), recently leaked the new MUNCHIES delivery menu to me. A very fun design, with what appears to be quite a few new items. The cover reminds me of old Grateful Dead concert posters, I’m sure that’s intentional, because as well all know, Jason is very Grateful. MUNCHIES is also on Twitter. I think Jason plans on using Twitter to get the word out about lunch specials, events, etc. Follow the restaurant at @M_u_n_c_h_i_e_s. Bravo, well done. // AjS
:: my dad always told me that my taste buds would change as I got older. He would usually tell me right as he turned down a bite of something sweet. He was mostly right, but he inexplicably failed to mention that donuts were exempt.
So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Donut King at Grand Gateway Mall in Xujiahui. Having sampled (and been disappointed) by Mister Donut and Dunkin’ Donuts efforts in Shanghai, I agreed to grant Donut King a shot at The Throne.
While I cannot speak to the caliber of the prepared donuts, I can testify that the cinnamon sugar donut is the best donut in Shanghai. The fine folks at Donut King drop dough into a magic, frying donut machine (see below) and a minute later emerges for some a quick sugar coating and then — voila! — you have fresh, warm, cinnamon sugar goodness.
In addition, while the taste is regal, the cost is only a pedestrian RMB 6; available at Grand Gateway in Xujiahui or at 1649 Nanjing Xilu in front of Jingan Park. [full disclosure: surprisingly, this is NOT an advertisement, but rather just an observation from an inspired donut lover] // JL
[Jon Lombardo is a guest contributor on 56minus1.]