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Shanghai’s Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant June 22, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in China, Food, Reviews, Travel.
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Back in Shanghai after our little trip to Hanghzou and what’s the first thing we do?  Go eat more food.

Xia long bao (steamed buns with juicy meat inside) is one of my favourite foods in the world, and according to locals there is no place better than Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant located in the popular downtown district of Huangpu at the Yuyuan Gardens.

I was very excited for this visit.  How could I not be?  I absolutely adored the Xialongbao from Taiwan’s famous Ding Tai Fung (review here), and Shanghai is where the dish originated from.

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Dian Shui Lou: Taipei’s Only 5-Star Restaurant of 2010 December 15, 2010

Posted by pacejmiller in Food, Taiwan, Travel.
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According to this sign, Dian Shui Lou was the only Taipei restaurant to be awarded 5 stars by this guide book

Restaurant: Dian Shui Lou
Food: Chinese/Shanghainese
Location: See here — the two with English addresses are the full restaurants (the others don’t serve the full menu).  I went to the one on level 11 of Fuxing SOGO, which is easy to get to on the MRT blue line at the Zhongxiao Fuxing stop.
Price: For dim sums, probably around NT500 per head, more for main courses.

While attending another Taipei restaurant (which I will review shortly), I came across a restaurant guide book called “Taiwan Coumet Restaurant Evaluation and Selection 2010”.  In it, there was only a single restaurant that had been awarded the prestigious 5-Star honour, and it was called “Dian Shui Lou”.

And so I was like, “That’s it!  We’re going there next!”

Fortunately for us, there were several Dian Shui Lous in Taipei City (though be careful, some of them don’t serve the full range of cuisine), and we ended up going to the one on the 11th floor of the Fuxing Sogo Department Store (probably the easiest to get to by public transport).

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