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.
Yolota, a small sit-down restaurant tucked into an alley way off of Dingxi Lu near Zhongshan Park, is a fan of personifying their food selections, so whether it’s their attractive noodles or “delightfully fried pork chop’ (english translation), you know you are in for an emotional ride when digging into their food here. The fried pork chop, priced at 24RMB, is a filling treat for all that try it. Served with a hearty side of rice topped with a hard boiled egg, some minced veggies, and a good helping of green and steamed vegetables to make the diner believe they are about to partake in a healthy meal, the pork chop does not stand alone in this dish. However, it is definitely the highlight of the plate.
The outside of the pork is fried, and if I must say so, it can be quite delightful. Cut nicely into three small portions so as to not just slap a hunk of meat onto a plate, the portions are quite good and easy to digest. Careful, though, because you may not feel this dish right away but about twenty minutes later, the pork sits like a brick in the stomach. A delightful brick, but a brick none-the-less. Don’t eat this meal for lunch if there are big dinner plans for friends. You may not need to eat again for days, you will be so full from this 24RMB dish of delight.
To eat, simply dig into the dish with chopsticks and go. Pace yourself by splitting time between finger-licking good pork chop eating and some “healthy” foods like the bok choy smothered in delicious oils. Napkins are plentiful at Yolota so for those who have a tendency to leave reminders of their lunch all over their face and hands, don’t worry – your lunch time guilty pleasure indulgence can be wiped away while at the restaurant. So head on over to Yolota with a friend, order the delightfully fried pork chop and ask your friend to get the attractive noodles, and your lunch time will definitely be a delightfully attractive one.
Yolota – Lane 1310, No 2, Dingxi Lu, near Anhua Lu and Xuanhua Lu, )定西路1310弄2号，近安化路和宣华路). Tel: (0)21-5237-9558. Hours: Daily 11am-9pm. Closest metro stop: Zhongshan Park (line 2).
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