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七宝老街 – Shanghai, China

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七宝老街 (Qibao Ancient Street) is an ancient town which has been preserved for the purpose of tourism in Shanghai. However it is not a complete ancient town… just 2 stretches of old shops which is linked by a bridge. This is one of the attractions in Shanghai but it’s not very near the city. Nevertheless, I was there to check out all their street food and found some good stuff there actually! Check out the pictures I’ve taken!

Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Pagoda outside
Crowded at all times.
The words on the glass panel says these sugared haw will lower your blood pressures. Yeah, and thickening the blood with sugar!
Candied haw and fruits on sticks
Famous goat meat
some stall
The bridge
Try to ignore the apartments behind… looks nicer without that haha

Super crowded on the other side!
Love old buildings
Braised pig trotters
Braised pork leg
Braised pigeons
Beggars’ Chicken cooked in ‘mud’
Bored stall assistant
Braised sparrows
Famous glutinous rice ball place
People queuing for raw ones for take aways
Many awards
Each ball is around RMB2.50… soup is just water… not sweet type
Red date… not nice… regret
Black sesame, nice…
Peanut also nice…
Meat… awesome! Juicy inside!
Managed to get a seat downstairs which is RARE!!!
Guy cooking the balls in front… they differentiate the balls from the shapes…
Some sweet snacks
Crabs
She’s making some corn flour crispy biscuit snack thingy…
China’s answer to balot/balut… Chicks inside the eggs… not duckings…
Braised gizzard… Quite good cos the sauce is boiled over years…

Some glutinous rice thing sweet snacks
sweets
Peanut candy is really good!

Rating: 4.5/5. Eat quality is good. Gotta try everything!

Taste: Pretty good but I don’t really like the sweet stuff.

Portion: Average

Service: Not good… cos so crowded

Ambience: Old and wet… cos Shanghai weather is mostly wet.

Price: Affordable! Can eat a lot for not much.

RTE: If I’m in that area.

Location: http://goo.gl/HrHDsq

聚宝乳鸽王 – 北京路,广州

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When you come to Beijing Lu of Guangzhou, a shopping haven for most people except me (cannot find my size here lah), you have to try this famous roasted pigeon place more popularly known among the locals. I remembered the first time trying roasted pigeon at another place in Guangzhou, I was like why must I eat a pigeon?!?!?! I have chicken, duck and goose already, why pigeon?!?! After trying, then I know why. I thought, so small, where got meat? No lor, the meat is quite substantial when you have one whole pigeon yourself. And the best thing is, if done properly, it’s very tender and juicy.

It wasn’t difficult locating this restaurant which is on the 4th level of one really old and dirty building. Just have to ask around the locals or the security guards who are around the whole of Beijing Lu. the lift is on the 2nd floor and when you take the lift to the restaurant, the door opens to the restaurant immediately. As expected, it was crowded, so I had to share a table with a mother and daughter. I looked around for food samples and then ordered what I presumed to be good for my taste buds.

The signage inside the restaurant
See how crowded the place is... This is only on one side..
First up, order the tea of your choice. I just love making my own tea in a little tea pot and small cups. So traditional.
The main dish appeared first. A roasted pigeon cut into 2 halves. These are farmed pigeons btw. Not roadside ones. ;P
Succulently juicy and tender... love it much much... ;P
Xiao Long Bao... One of the other attraction there. Skin was thin and loads of fillings.
The way to eat Xiao Long Bao is, bite of the side and let the soup flow out onto the spoon, slurp up the soup, dip the bao into the black vinegar, add some of the ginger strips on top and whack the whole thing into your mouth!
Next up, steamed Carrot Cake.
See the amount of white radish strips inside. Quite a big serving which I had a hard time finishing it...
Lastly, Chan Chun Fun with pork ribs. Chan Chun Fun is like our Cheong Fun or hor fun... a bit mix in between lah. But it does not have taste on its own. It absorbs the sauce which it's cooked in. So usually in restaurants, they cook with XO sauce and in this case, steamed with pork ribs.
yummy!

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Very suitable for Asians. Cantonese cooking is usually quite heavy in taste. Hence this is pretty well done.

Portion: Above average.

Price: All that including the tea came up to RMB$66 only. Which is about SGD$13.20.

RTE: Yes, this coming November I’m bringing a group there. ;P

Location: Very near Lido Hotel. At the beginning of Beijing Lu on the right side. They ran out of cards when I asked for it.

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香港满记甜品 @ Haizhu, Guangzhou

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Ok I know you must be thinking why should I review such a popular dessert chain of stores right? Reason is, what they have in HK is different from the ones in China. In fact they have some other interesting items which distinguish them from their HK parent chain of stores. I was putting up at Lido Hotel on Beijing Lu in Guangzhou last month and this dessert store is just downstairs! Apart from other many great food places lah…

The Store
The Ambience
Deco
The guy took out a ciggy to smoke and was asked to go out of the shop! LOL!
All thanks to the new non-smoking law in public places in Guangzhou! Woot!
Soy Beancurd with mango and pomelo.
Durian Pudding RMB$22 per piece
Very soft skin and lovely durian puree inside.
Tried this also
Baked and served hot!
Baked sago custard on top and yam paste inside! Damn nice!

Rating: 4.5/5. Prices a tad too high.

Taste: Was really nice and addictive especially the durian thing… I had 2 servings!

Price: A bit on the high side but still affordable to us.

Portion: Below average for the price paid.

RTE: If I see them in Shenzhen, I might just pop by.

Location: This one is below Lido Hotel, Beijing Lu, Guangzhou. They have many branches in HK, SZ and GZ.

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