Cited from http://chinesefood.about.com, China has 4 main regional cuisines and they all differ in flavors and cooking styles:
1) Northern or Beijing (Peking) Cuisine
2) Eastern or Shanghai Cuisine
3) Western or Szechuan Cuisine
4) Southern or Cantonese cuisine
We pretty much ate our way through China’s culinary map.
Sichuan restaurant we stumbled across on East Nanjing Road; Everything had chilis and the tingly-numbing peppercorns.
Beef and pickled vegetables
Pork and mushrooms
Xiaochi “Small eats” late night restaurant one block from Shanghai Grand Central Hotel
Braised fish (favorite)
Tofu egg drop soup
Awesome Mongolian hot pot restaurant, if you have a large party, try to request your own room.
Plaza it was located in
Regular and spicy broth to dip the meats, seafood and veggies
Many restaurants in XinTianDi to people watch…this little girl had a team of photographers following her.
Cantonese dim sum in XinTianDi
Restaurant we found near the underground fake designers mall. Now THAT was an interesting experience…secret entrance ways only opened with clickers and bookshelves that opened up to reveal back rooms full of fake purses, watches, and wallets. After lunch the vendors were a lot more tense after the police came through on a raid.
Deep fried peppered pork
Sautéed greens with garlic
Delicious thinly shaved lamb and cilantro
Pork, tofu, greens soup
One of my favorite fatty dishes, red braised pork belly with quail eggs
Garlic chives and eggs
Lao Sheng Cha – Another Cantonese restaurant on East Nanjing Road, three dishes we ordered shown below
Fiancé loved this noodle soup dish, spicy pork noodle soup with pickled radish and beancurd
Pork dumpling soup
Pork and mushroom soup dumplings
We even had Taiwanese beef noodle soup in Shanghai. It was next to our hotel, Shanghai Grand Central.
Beef, tendon, tripe
Spicy beef and tomato
To top it all off, Haagen Dazs is a BIG deal in Shanghai. There’s a hostess who seats you and waiters who bring out your fancy ice cream platters. We were being extremely decadent that night…
Time to low-carb it and hit the gym. Shanghai is definitely a food mecca.