Shanghai: Dim Sum

22 Sep

Water lilies!

Preface: In the slideshow below, I have added pictures of roasted pigeon. If you have an aversion to meat and its associations, you may want to look away.

Shanghai, like Hong Kong, is an eating town. In the past 16 years that my family has lived in Shanghai, we’ve seen moderately sized restaurants (200 seaters) grow to multiple locations with each location having multiple floors (600 seaters). Restaurants are filled to capacity on even the most humdrum weeknight. There are even small snack joints that have grown to multiple hole in the wall locations without street signage. Contrary to U.S. practice, any restaurant worth eating at will have at least one location.

Tang Palace (唐宫海鲜舫) is sort of a giant in Cantonese (Hong Kong style) dining in China: they have five locations in Shanghai, seven in Beijing, five near Guangzhou, one in Hangzhou, and yet another in Suzhou. This is THE place to go for live seafood, hairy crab (when in season), shark’s fin, roasted meats, and Hong Kong’s most beloved export, dim sum (点心, dian3 xin1 in Mandarin). They serve dim sum from a menu (not push carts) seven days a week, beginning at 7am, and a reservation is highly recommended. It’s *that* popular.

Between the four of us (my mom, dad, bro, and I), we ordered something like 14 dishes. We were fortifying ourselves for a long day at the World Expo and boy, were we stuffed. Since it’s kind of long to post all the pics one by one, I’m going to try out this slideshow function.

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4 Responses to “Shanghai: Dim Sum”

  1. Bethia September 22, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    what did your parents think of your new blogging habit? Any comments about you taking pictures of all your food?

    • vivshmack September 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      It’s awesome. They are really patient and let me finish taking photos before we dig into a dish. Sometimes when we all forget, my mom will improvise a re-plating and make the dish photo worthy again. Though… it is a distraction from my school work and they aren’t so happy with that. :o)

  2. Gary V November 5, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I just returned from Shanghai last week and I couldn’t
    agree more. The food was great and the variety is different where ever you go in the city. Thanks for your blog.

    • vivshmack November 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks for reading Gary! What did you have in Shanghai? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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