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.
We’ve always deemed October that month where you never know what to eat as the weather constantly ping pongs between summer sultry and winter brisk. Cold starters like jellyfish don’t insulate you from the chill while brawny meat stews leave you feeling sluggish and overheated.
That’s why when we’re feeling indecisive we often go for the huang la ding (58RMB) at Shao Shan Mao Jia Cai (韶山毛家菜), our favorite Hunan restaurant in Shanghai. We give a more detailed explanation of the dish and restaurant in our favorite restaurant countdown, but basically, huang la ding is a hotpot of small, tender catfish, tofu, and chicken broth.
The whole catfish are light and flaky so you don’t bloat after polishing off three-four of them, and the rich chicken broth warms your stomach like a gastrointestinal water heater. So arm yourself for the weather by heading down to Shao Shan Mao Jia Cai and ordering this bubbling pot of deliciousness.
Shao Shan Mao Jia Cai – No. 1, Shanghai Qibao Shangye Jie Can Ying Qu, Jiabao Lu (佳宝路, 上海七宝商业街餐饮区1号). Tel: (0)21-6419-2417.
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