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…

Restaurant Jesse 吉士 of Shanghai

Restaurant Jesse 吉士 of Shanghai

The best Shanghainese restaurant, arguably, is Restaurant Jesse or 吉士. With this site, I get always get asked a couple of questions. One of them being – “What is the best Shanghainese restaurant?” Jesse always comes to mind. With apologizes to 1221, 复兴汇 Fuxinghui, Fu 1088 福一零八八, and 夏味馆 Xia Restaurant of Shanghai, Jesse is in a class…

Cook’s Tortas, SGV

Cook’s Tortas, SGV

Not many people know Mexican cuisine features sandwiches. This combination of old and new world influences can be seen directly with theses sandwiches – the Torta. Bakeries and flour was brought over and developed by the French in the early 1800′s. Then by using locally cured and marinated meats, the Mexicans produced wonderful sandwiches. The…