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.
Though Tang Gong’s roast pigeon took third in our countdown of the top 10 Dish of the Days from 2012, it’s actually never been featured in Dish of the Day. Consider it done.
Tang Gong’s roast pigeon (29RMB) reminds us of an experiment that combines the tastiest elements of every food fowl to create a superior bird. Its skin is simultaneously crackling and moist like mom’s roast chicken’s while the meat’s earthy and dark like wild duck, and yet garbed in peking-duck-like white fat. When you tear flaps of skin away, savory pink juice streams onto your shirtfront.
We recommend you don’t bring a date along on this one. Both your chopsticks and chances of scoring will be tossed aside as you grip the squab in your grease-streaked mitts and use your teeth to wrench away flesh with the doggedness of a cat trying to subdue a frantically-flapping songbird.
Don’t worry, they do takeout.
Tang Gong – Tang Gong – 1/F, Golden Bridge Garden, 103 Dong Zhu’anbang Lu, near Jiangsu Lu (东渚安浜路1楼, 近江苏路). Tel: (0)21-6251-6148.
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