Crazy mad seafood binge@local Shanghainese way

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cambio Coffee@Shanghai

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Shanghai fusion funnies. As I walked around the city centre, I came across various things which really caught my attention!

It was slightly past CNY, but some places still had the post-CNY decors on, including this. A giant CNY “Christmas” tree.

Surrounded by red lanterns and golden bells. First time ever seeing this.

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Just a couple of blocks down the road, I came accross this. A Bvlgari booth located just right outside a historical Chinese temple….and worst part of all, the booth played shuffle clubbing sorta music, blasting its way out through the crazy ass giant speakers. Right next to a temple, deemed sacred in the eyes of believers….hmmm …

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The fusion funnies kicked up a coffee thirst in me. Haha. We stumbled upon this tiny cafe, called Cambio Coffee. The stall was very small and all tables were taken as we entered. The patrons were mainly foreigners.

I had to order my coffee to go with the lack of space. The barista was somewhat talkative, giving us a short education session on the beans. The coffee drinking culture just opened up to the locals several years ago, and tea drinking culture still predominantly takes place here.

My long black cost about RM 15, and the taste was a little let down. Somehow, the coffee was just too sour, and I struggled hard to finish it since it was only a small cup. It definitely was not something I’d expected.

Alrightey, dinner venture coming up next!

Address:
Cambio Coffee
861 Jiangning Lu, Shanghai
Tel: +86 182 1701 3647
Website: http://www.cambiocoffee.com
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