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.
San Gu remains a stronghold for Sichuan-style bullfrog dry pot in Shanghai even though its popularity has dipped in recent years. A far cry from that veiny, bloated biology class specimen, their frog entails fried morsels well-dispersed in a spicy jungle of garlic, lettuce root, lotus, and sweet potato chips (gānguō niúwā, 干锅牛蛙, 88RMB). No dissection required.
Many deem bullfrog’s flavor akin to chicken, we’d say it’s more like a fish with limbs. However, similar to chicken, the meat’s slightly firm and doesn’t shred apart easily like fish. And since a bullfrog harbors roughly the same amount of meat as a small chicken, we advise bringing a friend or two to aid in the gobbling. The fact that this frogger’s fried and camouflaged with veg and chips (phib and chips?), makes it ideal for those who want to burst out of their food bubble, but aren’t yet ready to slurp eyes and lap blood.
San Gu – 883 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Wanping Lu (肇家浜路883号, 近宛平路). Tel: (0)21-6469-4611. Hours: 11am-2:30pm lunch, 5pm-3am dinner.
Location 2 – 569 Jinling Dong Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu, Huangpu district (黄浦区金陵东路569号汇都大厦302室, 近西藏南路). Tel : (0)21-5306-9351. Hours: 11am-2:30pm lunch, 5pm-10pm dinner.
Last time on Dish of the Day: Sticky rice in bamboo tubes @ Qibao Old Town
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