It was my last night here in cold chilly Shanghai. The last time I walked at The Bund was Summer 2011. Sticky, sweaty, hot vs cold, chilly, cool. The view of the brightly lited buildings was nice, but I think Hong Kong’s one was better.
After a quick stroll around, we took a cab over to meet branch church friends who wanted to show us the local Shanghainese way of eating seafood.
It was a rather dodgy looking restaurant and some dark, quiet, housing area neigbourhood. I was a little appauled by the crowd. Noisy, rowdy, smokers, DIRTY. I gotta admit that I was really quite irked by the surrounding.
We were told to just put aside the thought of the surrounding and focus on the freshness of their seafood.
When this gigantic plate of seafood goodness came, my eyes widened. I had never seen a seafood dish served in such mountainous way. Haha.
The seafood was simply steamed with salt, sprinkled over with some spring onions. I was amazed at how they stacked up these seafood goodies and they remained in tact even while we gradually consumed this mountain of seafood goodness.
Now I have never eaten a baby mantis prawn before, and even with the big sized ones, they were usually served in pieces already, and not as whole like this. It was a little…freaky to eat like this, I guess it was just because I do not eat this regularly unlike normal prawns. Surprisingly the meat was really sweet and tender and fresh!
We had crates of bottled beers. I couldn’t believe my own eyes that we drank that much! That was typical…having Chinese beer, so light that it could almost pass as carbonated drinks.
The toilets were unbearably gross! Chinese toilets really scare the daylight out of me. Until today, I cannot forget forget the sight and smell of entering this restaurant’s toilet.
Good food aside, surrounding and service was…. Speechless.
We ordered some grilled oysters and chicken wings, marinated with spicy salty seasonings. A good kick to go along with beer.
All in all, the food was honestly, quite good. But I think I won’t be coming back ever again. One time experience was sufficient for me. The dirt and rowdyness irked me alot and people were spitting on the floors randomly!
As much as I enjoyed the cold weather, I couldn’t wait to go home. Nasi lemakkkkkkkk…I miss you!