By Benjamin Cost
Every few days our team will scour Shanghai’s dining scene for scrumptious dishes that’ll fill your belly without emptying your savings. Not to discriminate, we’ll search everywhere from bicycle carts to chic venues with twenty-course tasting menus, knowing that any spot could have the next Dish of the Day.
Like a regular Chinese restaurant after an injection of anabolic steroids, Dongbei cuisine haven, Hei Tu Di (黑土地), features a menu made by carnivores for carnivores. Its meat-tastic fare includes cold donkey cuts, mounds of spiced lamb, sausage plates, dog, every part of the pig from its feet to its ears, and other dishes guaranteed to give your future self gallstones the size of cannonballs. Some dishes even come studded with silk worm larvae, just in case the heaping pile of meat doesn’t pack enough protein for your liking.
We had originally come to Hei Tu Di in search of dumplings (of which the menu offers a wide selection) but our inner-caveman tossed that plan aside upon spying “pork bone” on the menu (only 12RMB per bone!).
Heavy, stocky, decorated with brawny meat, and brimming with marrow, the pork bone’s mere sight is enough to make a German Shepherd mess its kennel. We ravaged the bone quickly, stripping off every last ligament, scouring every crevice of yellow fat, and finally coaxing the last globs of marrow out of the bone’s tube with a chopstick.
Arteries be damned, it was a fulfilling experience, and a must for every meat-phile tired of the criminally-expensive, daintily portioned, and often overcooked chops found at all-too-many fine-dining spots. Check it out.
Hei Tu Di – 1213 Beijing West Road, near Xikang Road (北京西路1213号, 近西康路). Tel: (0)21-6247-1333. Hours: 10:30am-12:00am.
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