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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE,
Shanghai serves up heavenly dishes
By Ken Lin Translated by Melanie
Eastern Shopping Mall Branch
203, DunHua (TunHua) South Rd., sec. 2, B1 (Far Eastern
Tel: (02) 8732-1536
Hours: 11 am- 9:30 pm
SOGO Tun Hua South Road Branch
246, DunHua (TunHua) South Rd., sec. 1, B2
Tel: (02) 87715511
As one might guess from
its name, this restaurant specializes in Shangainese
Shanghai Shanghai has a bright
and cheery, but very upscale, Western-style atmosphere. The
tables are covered in crisp white tablecloths and napkins,
and are surrounded by comfortable blue high-backed chairs.
On the walls are paintings depicting scenes from the days
when Shanghai was a rural village. Unlike most Chinese restaurants,
Shanghai Shanghai is very quiet. It therefore attracts a wide
variety of diners, both local and foreign, young and old,
who enjoy good food in refined surroundings.
The professional-looking service
staff glide effortlessly among the tables, carrying beautifully
prepared dishes. The menu lists a large selection of dishes
and includes English and Japanese descriptions. Simply reading
it is enough to make your mouth water.
Shanghainese cooking, among
six main types of Chinese cuisine, is characteristically sweet
and salty. Chef Lee has been preparing Shanghainese dishes
for 30 years and insists on keeping to tradition, a big reason
why this restaurant has risen to become one of the top restaurants
in Taipei in only three years.
I ordered the grilled fish
appetizer (NT$100), which was amazingly good. One of the main
dishes was crab sauteed with fermented bean paste and served
with rice cakes (NT$700). The meat was tender with just the
right amount of flavoring. The deep-fried yellow croaker (NT$120)
was crispy outside but tender and juicy inside. It was so
good I had to keep myself from eating all of it, including
For those who prefer mild-tasting
food, the stir-fried beef with salted vegetables and lima
beans (NT$380) is a good choice. The fresh handmade steamed
buns (NT$160) are filled with meat in a juicy gravy. The steamed
fish dumplings (NT$200) are a representative Shanghainese
snack. I especially liked the "candy egg" which
is hard boiled in soup stock, leaving the egg yolk soft and
sweet in taste. I just kept eating one after the other.
This restaurant's specialty
dishes include stir-fried frog (NT$380), salty and sweet "sugar
ribs" (NT$80), fried shrimp (NT$460) and braised fish
(NT$130). Oolong tea is served free of charge.
After having such a wonderful
meal, I only regretted that my stomach was not large enough
to hold more. However, I still made room for dessert, red
bean pancakes (NT$260).