Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Shanghai Food Review :黔香阁, Hong Zhong Road, Shanghai

I have lost touch with my blog for 2 months, during this period I am either lost in my work, traveling back home or business, or something just feel lost in my thought, lazy to lay my hand on my blog. I really admire those blogger whose can constantly updating fresh input in their blog and have the discipline to be a real blogger. I salute all of you!!!! OK! Let go back to my food entry.
I was having a dinner with our colleagues from German and Thailand, wondering what to take, I remember sometime ago I have a dinner in this place call 黔香阁 in Hong Zhong Road, Gubei area where most of Shanghai expatriates were staying.

Basically 黔香阁 is serving Quai Zhou cuisine which are basically sour and spicy and they used a lot of vinegar in their dishes. The deco of this restaurant is authentic. using a lot of wooden deco similar to those found in Quai Zhou province, Southwest of China, a province next to Kumming and Sichuan.

The authentic wooden wall panel which is unique in their craving techniques, the shinning color of the painting is actually make from sea shell, kindly forgive me for the poor quality of the pictures, I took it with my Nokia 6900 cell phone camera.

This is the famous savour Quai Zhou fish, taste wise, I think it is OK! with strong taste of fish freshness but this dish has been modify to suit the Shanghainese. In Guai Zhou, the fish actual let to fragmented in a clay pot for few days before use for cooking. The dish come with bean curd and fresh vegetable.

This small bowl is actually the special sauce for the above dish and What we need to do is to pour in the soap and stir right. The white color thing is the fragmented bean curd.

This is Chinese bacon specially brought from Quai Zhou. The pork meat is specially marinated and dry under the open air. What special about this dish was that the chef actually just steam it with some chili and spring onion, the gravy is good for rice....whenever it come with this kind of dish, I usually will ask for a bowl of rice, I don;t care whether it is the right time to have rice or not ( In china normally you only have rice at the end of the dish or you won;t even serve with rice at all!!!)

This soup is basically cooked with some fresh mushroom from Quai Zhou. Youu normally find good mushroom from South west of China, such as places like Yunan, Shichuan and Quai Zhou. The soup so fabulous and all the freshness come from the mushroom and you know what good mushroom does not need a lot to cook for their freshness.

This is another mushroom dish cook with good soya other ingredient, only the mushroom and the soya source and I can tell you ...the taste is wonderful!!!!

Spicy and sour tofu ....the only comment I have for this dish is not spicy enough unlike the Sichuan tofu where you can found a lot of ...a lot of .. Sichuan pepper beside the red color chili oil.

This Chicken was cooked using a special clay pot where the technique is to allow the steam flow thru the pot from the small steam tunnel in the middle of the pot and the steam will cook the food precisely. By using this technique you will find all the freshness from the chicken stay with the pot and the chicken still tender even though it has been steam for hours. The best thing about this dish is the gravy at the bottom of the pot...well I rather say it was the chicken essence and again it go well with my bowl of rice...Ha! Ha!

The last dish was the Quai Zhou chili prawn but I find this dish so so only because the I suspect they used frozen prawn ( actually it was a FROZEN PRAWN) and the taste is too mild for me ..not spicy and sour enough......I do not find the kick in this dish!!!!! A dish without a spirit of good food!.

The total cost damage was around RMB400.00 not expensive for Shanghai Standard...I guess!!


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