As promised, MORE DUMPLINGS. The above picture is actually a steamed bun that Mike would procure every morning from a street vendor near our hotel. Of course, these buns were extremely tasty and cost like $0.20 CAD. Because China.
A random alleyway somewhere in the French Concession.
Getting directions to… somewhere.
Isn’t this so pretty? Shanghai is such a good-looking city.
We wandered into this mall because there is a Din Tai Fung inside! (Din Tai Fung is a famous restaurant from Taiwan, known for its soup dumplings.) And NO, the Din Tai Fung in Toronto is not a real Din Tai Fung so don’t even pretend it’s the real thing.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I had a brief but intense love affair with green beans in Shanghai.
Instructions for foreigners who are too stupid to know how to eat xiaolongbao. (In case this is you, you’re supposed to poke a small hole in the dumpling and suck the soup out, so you avoid spilling MOLTEN HOT SOUP all over yourself.)
Even in the rain (maybe especially in the rain), everything looks so European.
The hotel somehow knew it was my birthday (from my passport, I assume) so they sent up a cake!
Since it was my birthday, we figured we’d go to the highly recommended (by everyone we talked to) Lost Heaven. Was it good? Yes. Was it amazing? No. The restaurant is MASSIVE and everyone eating there is white. Of course, neither of those things have an actual impact on the food and the food is tasty. It was also nice to have a fancy sit-down meal where we could order sparkling water and a bottle of wine like we do at home. But I guess that was sort of my problem with it.
The mapo tofu was spiiiiiiicy and the ghost chicken was delicious.
I really like Yunnanese food (loved Dali Courtyard in Beijing), but this was kind of Yunnan fusion.
Afterwards, we wandered around the Bund for awhile.
It’s a gorgeous walk at night, but be prepared to fight off (not literally) fairly aggressive panhandlers the entire time.