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.
A once revered bastion of Hunan cuisine in Shanghai, in recent years Di Shui Dong has drawn flack for its surly staff and herds of expat diners. But despite it all, its food quality has never wavered.
Take one bite of the cumin ribs (58RMB) and the grumblings of the wait-staff will be swept away by a tide of meat, oil, and spice. And I mean spice. Each order of ribs consists of several sizable ribs so thoroughly peppered with cumin and chili flakes you’d swear they were seasoned with an AK-47. Fortunately, although they may fleck your lips and fingers after the meal, the swarming spices never encage the meat’s flavor. And while fans of American BBQ ribs may find the fat slightly lacking, especially for a pork dish in Shanghai, the leanness doesn’t compromise the tenderness. You can chew without fear of hitting that pesky patch of gristle.
Bring some friends, get the Tsingtao flowing, and in no time you’ll be mowing through ribs faster than the fat puppy in a Christmas cartoon.
Di Shui Dong – 2/F, 56 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu (茂名路56号2楼, 近长乐路口). Tel: (0)21-6253-2689. Hours: 11am-11pm daily.
5 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu (东平路5号, 近衡山路). Tel: (0)21-6415-9448. Hours: 11am-11pm daily.
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