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 culinary equivalent of throwing gold rims on a minivan, the addition of bacon instantly transforms a drab dish into a delicacy. Fast food chains know this which is why they slap it in every sandwich, and so did the ancient Hunanese with their vegetable dishes studded with Hunan la rou (湖南腊肉), a local cured pork. And we fall for this gimmick every time.
Two of the best examples in Shanghai are Di Shui Dong’s garlic shoots with la rou and chili oil (蒜苗腊肉 suan miao la rou), and South Memory’s cabbage with la rou and chilies, labelled “Hot Pot Sliced Cabbage” on the menu (干锅手撕包菜, gān guō shǒu sī bāo cài, 32RMB). Served in hot pot form, the sizzling bacon leaks copious amounts of savory juice onto the cabbage leaf bed. And unlike many meat-veg pairings, each leaf is evenly anointed with oil so that you devour every one, instead of just combing for bacon bits.
South Memory – 3/F, 580 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Xietu Lu (天钥桥路580号3楼星游城
近斜土路)/ Tel: (0)21-6161-9787. Hours: 11am-9:30pm.
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