Every once and awhile, you go to a restaurant without any expectations and leave pleasantly surprised. This is what happened when I supposedly thought I was going for a simple happy hour.
Miss N and friends wanted to catch the early evening happy hour at Morton’s in Pudong. Though we had a few drink and those yummy sirloin mini sandwiches, our tummy’s were still grumbling. Miss N, as tipsy as she was, raised her hand as if she was still in her 5th grade class, giddy with excitement about something to answer. She mentioned about one of her favorite places that she hadn’t been to in awhile. Unfortunately, it was in Puxi.
After going through the Friday afternoon traffic, we finally arrived at the restaurant. This little hole-in-the-wall, with no more than 8 little grubby tables, was crowded with people outside waiting. Miss N used her MBA and Shanghainese negotiating skills to somehow get a table in less than 10 minutes. I think she must have said she was related to someone or something about going there since she was a little kid. She might have overdone it, since she was a bit buzzed, but that was fine. Heck I was still a bit happy after about 4 martini’s on an empty stomach.
The four us decide that Miss N should be ordering, since only she could read the menu. (Miss N – Shanghainese, 2 – Koreans, and 1 useless ABC (ME) (American Born Chinese)) Anyways. . .I trust in Miss N.
The food came out and it was fabulous. We didn’t order anything crazy spectacular. It was just good home-cooked Shanghainese. We had the braised chicken, which is quite similar to the famous Shanghai Hong Sau Rou, which is pork. The tender chicken melded great with the heavy thick sauce – which I am leaning more towards as a better protein for the sauce. I like also how the skin crispy which gives it more like a candy texture with the sweet sauce. The river shrimp, which is mini-sized, had a aromatic flavor. The rule of thumb is that the smaller the shrimp the bigger the taste. I won’t go much more into the food. I’ve typed way too much. I will just let my pictures do the talking. The thing is. . .it is hard to make food look good with ugly fluorescent lighting in a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant.
Just down the same street you’ll find Lanxin another great Shanghainese restaurant. It would be tough to decide which is better.
What to Order: Just show the pictures of food I took.
What not to Order:
Price Range 1 $/¥/NT
海金滋添加分店 Hai Jin Zi Restaurant
240 Jinxian road, near Shaanxi South Road, Luwan District, Shanghai