3 days in and I already feel like I’m totally falling in love with Shanghai and want to stay here… Aside from the fact that it’s freezing cold because I didn’t bring enough sweater.
Lunch at 辛香汇
The morning started with taking the subway to 江苏路站 on the Metro Line 2. We were going to lunch at 辛香汇 which is a joint that specialises in Spicy Sichuan food.
Along the way I saw this moving library~ ultra cool! The van carries books and you can just borrow them from there. There were a number of people selecting books:
I always have delayed response. That’s why I was so far away before I thought of taking photo.
This is the shopping mall (芳汇购物广场) that we headed to and the shop is on the 4th floor:
AND HERE IS THE AWESOME FOOD! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the food! It’s really one of the best I’ve eaten… not only in China but also everywhere I’ve been. (Caveat: I have a distinct preference and bias for Asian cuisine so my favourite foods are so far mainly Thai and Chinese). We ordered a lot! And the bill came up to only 215 RMB which was awesomely cheap. I can’t believe 3 people could finish that much, but it was all so delicious.
It was so good, I still drool when I think about it now! The fish wasn’t fishy at all (or I didn’t know because of all the chili), and the chili was, surprisingly, not that hot. But I do have a high threshold for spiciness. The beansprouts were fresh, crunchy and juicy… and the pepper + chilli + oil … *drools* The fish is awesome beyond words. Period.
It’s a cold dish. And would have been great had it not been overshadowed by the fish, and everything else. We ordered a little too much, and this was the one dish where our chopsticks were a little slow on. But it’s good. Seriously. Just that between fish and chicken, well-prepared fish is my preference. Note the thick layer of chili oil though. =P
This is the everything else: which were all great! I especially loved the black fungus dish, the stir-fried abalone mushroom, the bamboo shoots, and the fried corn patty. Errrh, everything is nice basically. Drools-worthy.
Very oily beef noodles. The noodle is very springy and nice, but the soup base was only alright. I really love the noodles though~ Still, it was so so so oily… urgh.
Well, in the end, I learnt from CL and dunk the food in a bowl of tea before I eat them, not because of the spiciness but because we need to get rid of the oil.
Oriental Pearl Tower 东方明珠塔 and the Surrounding Riverside
Self Explanatory! I didn’t go up the tower though. To get to here, we alighted at Lu Jia Zui Station 陆家嘴站 of Metro No 2.
We concluded that it’s better than City Hall in Singapore. Simply because it’s more spacious. And I concluded at this point that I want to work in Shanghai in the future. Maybe this trip isn’t a waste afterall.
We walked over to the riverside after that. I’m sure that there’s a name for it… but I’m not sure what name it is. It’s the other side of 上海滩 (The Bund).
They have some nice flower bed! I asked if it was fake, and the CL said it’ll be more expensive if it’s fake. Which might make sense…
More flowers…. (Ok, I know that’s not the point of Nan Bin Jiang but I couldn’t resist… And that must be why my camera ran out of battery and I couldn’t take more when we finally got to the riverside.)
And so like I said, no more battery… and I had to use my Handphone for the rest. Which means… it doesn’t look good. =(
And erhm, they keep playing the 上海滩主题曲. Not that I knew what it was (ok, I’m hopeless). But I finally found out. Not that I’ll remember it when I next hear it either… sigh.
– Signing off 19 April 2011, Shanghai.