A Sampling of Chinese Cuisine
Collected by Christy Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
China's regional cuisines are as diverse as the landscapes. Sweet, spicy, sour, salty, fresh, fried... Shanghai has it all, and it's delicious.
1025 Kangding Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
Yunnan food is the least Chinese Chinese food in China. Phew, what a mouthful. Any Yunnan restaurant worth its salt will have a variety of light and exotic dishes to choose from, like tree flowers. This place doesn't disappoint. The specialty here...
134 Jinxian Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
If I had to choose once place to eat in Shanghai aside from my Uncle's house, it would be Mao Long. Not only is this restaurant a authentic Shanghainese cuisine, but its local atmosphere also gives the restaurant a down-to-earth vibe. Be prepared...
Xinzhuang, Minhang, China, 201100
Ah, the flavor of mutton. So gamey and satisfying. Wherever you're from, the rich food from Inner Mongolia will surely be a comfort. Not all of the food here, though, comes in the form of giant shanks like Genghis Khan might have eaten. Diners go...
28 Taojiang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
This chili-infused chain has the glam of an upscale restaurant, and while it holds true to the essence of Sichuan's spicy cuisine, they've done a good job toning down the blistering chili that can overpower the region's delicious fare. The...
5 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Rustic charm and good home-style cooking are what come to mind when you eat at Di Shui Dong. The Hunan eatery is always packed, a testament to how good their grub really is. If you're unfamiliar with Hunan cuisine, it's the spicy cousin of...
407 Shaanxi N Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
This is hotpot at its finest. A far cry from the typical hotpot establishment with long, sloppy sauce bars, mystery broth and questionable meat, Qimin's menu is packed with farm fresh, organic produce and meats. With a focus on aesthetics, both...
392 Tianping Rd, XuJiaHui, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200030
Based in the five elements of Chinese philosophy--water, wood, fire, earth, and metal--this upscale vegetarian restaurant marries art and food with unique dishes that will satisfy both omnivores and herbivores alike. Lunch: 11am-2pm Afternoon Tea:...
83 Changshu Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Xibo offers what we've all come to love about Xinjiang restaurants--mutton skewers, knife-cut noodles, soft flatbreads and tangy yogurts--but in a posh setting. Most of the ingredients are imported from Xinjiang (China's western-most province) to...
Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, China, 200085
There is a style of vegetarian cuisine in China that is all about imitating meat-dish equivalents. This ninety-year-old restaurant is one of the best. On the menu you'll find imitation duck, shrimp,and even fake chicken feet.
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