This is the official fabric market lunch break spot and I absolutely love it. Some basic Korean BBQ with all the fixings... And the sweet potato noodles. I dream about this meal. The salad that comes with the meal is life changing.
Breakfast last Saturday -- my typical daily breakfast at the Marriott here so I'll save the trouble and not repost it each day I'm here. 2 hard boiled eggs (not pictured, they took too long and I was hungry), fruit, salad, cappuccino (sometimes I mix it up with green tea) and seltzer (also not pictured). I headed to Shaoxing after this meal to do my favorite pastime --- fabric souring in the market!! Best China-day as far as I'm concerned, even though it always ends with some blisters on my toes.
I'm back in China (since Friday, but with some internet issues) and eating my way through this business trip while making sure dozens of dresses are made beautifully and on time (and going to the gym more than I have in 2 months to keep up with all the food they keep serving me).
Dinner last Friday at the Din Tai Fung near the Portman Hotel in Shanghai. I know these are highly controversial Taiwanese dumplings and not true Shanghai style but you can't argue that they are ridiculously good. A very good welcome to Shanghai.
We took a cable car up to see Ngong ping 360 village Sunday and had a lovely, sweaty day.
The cable car took us 600 meters above sea level, and we had stunning views of HK, the airport (so many takeoffs and landings), and the bay below. We saw locals digging for shellfish in the shallow waters, and very brave hikers dealing with the extreme heat.
Sharon's Auntie's friend's husband is in charge of branding and development for a restaurant group that alsp happens to own all the Starbucks in HK. After a long afternoon, we came into M&C Duck, one of his developments, and found her Auntie and her friend dining. They invited us to join, and ordered us a surprise meal of the best dishes (or her favorites, anyway). The branding was absolutely adorable, and the food was perfect. It was a balmy hot night and everything was light enough to really enjoy (even the fried oysters, which came with a lovely salad of a vegetable I've never seen before and they couldn't translate for me). Mixed-Chinese+Western fusion style. I highly recommend. Obviously the special is peiking duck, but it was too hot to eat that this night.
Fried oysters. Jellyfish (top), and spicy peanut with chicken (bottom). I really do not like jellyfish...its a very...special texture. Kind of like chewing on a thick balloon that eventually cracks and you can swallow. But, they get such a kick out of the fact that I WILL eat it, that I always do. When in China, I say yes to any food offered... Brains, hearts, jellyfish, chicken knees, feet, pig knuckles, raw lobster....... I love how excited they get when I'm willing to eat it.
Shaoxing is a city about an hour and a half away from Shanghai, and is historically been a fabric trading city. I visit there each time i am in China to find new fabrics for my company to use for the next season. It's a much smaller city (kind of a Boston versus NY situation?) and I like it very much. It's prettier with little canals running through, and a cleaner, quieter, less expensive environment.
Sharon's favorite restaurant in Shaoxing (mine too, but I've only been to two restaurants here, and one served brains... So...) closes at 2pm, so after our office work, we had an early lunch to get us ready for many hours in the fabric market. The pedometer clocked it at 3.68 miles, so it's good we fueled up.
This is a Korean BBQ restaurant that is near the office we were working with, and close to the fabric markets. It's a chain, with 5 locations in the US that I need to find.
Note: this is from last Thursday and would not load for many days.
Now for the worst meal in all of Asia... Bagel (a legit bagel anyway!) with some beautiful looking lox.... But I tasted a dab of the cream cheese before biting in and it was totally nasty rancid... One of those smell/flavors that you can never be free of.
They replaced it with a plain bagel, many many apologies, and comped the meal, but gross. I can still taste it In my mind. Note to self, just don't ever eat cream cheese again. They were very nice about it, but waiting for the replacement meal used up all my potential pool-side-sitting time.
Tonight's dinner was in the picturesque fishing village of Lei Yue Mun. We ate at a place that let you pick out the exact fish, lobster, abalone, and prawn from their tanks. Gross. But also the best.
These posts are uploading in non-chronoclogic order and it's driving me absolutely crazy.