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.
With its garish-green, block-like facade, Nan Ling invokes a Shanghai branch of the Bauhaus school of modern art rather than a cherished Shanghai restaurant. But venture inside and you’re in a wonderland of Yangzhou and Shanghai delicacies, including lion’s head meatball and river shrimp.
It’s most famous dish, however, isn’t a Yangzhou or Shanghai dish but “Nan Ling roast duck” (76RMB, excluding the duck soup) which is basically Peking duck in disguise. For all you Peking Duck noobs out there, that’s a plate of duck skin shards with clumps of meat attached. Simply wrap a piece of skin in one of those tissue-thin pancakes with green onion and cucumber, dab it in the sauce and eat the package like a tortilla. You’ll find that livery dark meat, the crispy skin, and the sugary sauce all marry seamlessly.
We realize this is a little pricier than the average Dish of the Day, but it’s not a bad deal considering Peking Duck usually runs you upwards of 200RMB, and that this dish feeds 2-3 people. And believe us, you’ll want to bring others. Each piece of crackling, grease-sheened skin is like a bite of heart attack.
Nan Ling – 168 Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu (岳阳路168号, 近永嘉路). Tel: (0)21-6467-7381. Hours:11am-2pm, 5.30-10pm daily.
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