豫园 Yuyuan Garden Part 1

豫园 Yuyuan Garden Part 1

Yuyuan Garden is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Shanghai. Located in the middle of city, close the Bund, this spot was a private residence with a sprawling garden and reflection pools. First built in 1559 by Pan Yunduan, the garden was a built over 20 years in honor for his father, Pan En,…

Lisboa Restaurant, Shanghai

Lisboa Restaurant, Shanghai

One would expect traditional Portuguese cuisine at a restaurant name Lisboa. Named after the capital of Portugal, this chain features Macanese cuisine – a combination of Cantonese and Portuguese flavors. Not expecting much at all, from this 3 story food & restaurant court/mall. Lisboa appears like a typical Hong Kong cafe, with flashy menus and…

The Succulent Moistness of the BBQ Pork at Crystal Jade 翡翠酒家, Shanghai

The Succulent Moistness of the BBQ Pork at Crystal Jade 翡翠酒家, Shanghai

I was asking a couple of friends, one who is Shanghainese and the other from the North who’s lived in Shanghai for awhile, what are some of the better restaurants in town. Surprisingly they said they like southern cuisine, more specifically Guangdong, Cantonese, or Hong Kong dishes – could be considered the same. One of…

Sichuan Pepper – Huang Fei Hong

Sichuan Pepper – Huang Fei Hong

The Sichuan Pepper or Szechuan Peppercorn is a unique breed of spice. When eaten, it gives, not a spicy, nor savory flavor, but a distinguishing mouth numbing feel. This unsettling feeling is the basis for Sichuan Cuisine. Known as Chuan Cai (川菜), without the “Si”, is one of the 8 great Chinese Cuisines. I recently visited Yuxin, in Shanghai, for…