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.
The sight of a googly-eyed fish head surfacing in a bowl of milky broth may kill the appetite of many an expat, but few things spur Shanghainese saliva more. Our favorite fish-head stew at snake hotspot Dahushedao calls for river carp head split down the middle and teamed with tofu in chicken and fish stock (58RMB).
Their version is huge, a veritable broth lagoon, so bring at least one other gastronaut along. To tackle it, stir up the stock with chopsticks so the leviathan carp head breaches with its chalky eyes and mouth agape. Don’t be afraid. Harpoon it with your chopsticks, wrench out shreds of flaky flesh and chow down. But beware of the bones which are shaped like little snowflakes.
We’ve painstakingly described how multifaceted carp head is before with textures ranging from firm to quivering, so we won’t bore you with another sermon. When you’re done cleaning the skull (without forgetting to slurp the eye jelly), snap up the silky tofu blocks, and wash it all down with bowls of rich but cleansing broth.
Dahushedao – 222 Kangding Road, near Jiangning Road (康定路222号, 近江宁路).
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