BNE November/December 2016 |
being sold alongside tofu. While it’s a traditional style of shopping
in Shanghai Helen scans a QR code from a vendor to pay for her
goods by smartphone.
Helen’s classes are promoted as ‘home-style’ and that’s exactly
what they are – there’s no shiny commercial kitchen set-up – once
the shopping is done we go to a nearby apartment. Inside chef Ding
from Anhui province has already made some preparations but we
are soon put to work chopping. Ding shows us how to slice the beef
sideways at an angle. Next we marinate the chicken and beef. The
first dish we cook,
chicken, a popular dish in Australia,
is cooked a little differently here and our beef with peppers dish
turns out spicy rather than with the more familiar black bean sauce.
Surprisingly, in both cases we deep fry the meat very quickly at
the beginning before stir frying. We also make
, a kind of
dumpling stuffed with sticky rice, meat and mushrooms. Classes are
small, limited to just six people, and last about four hours. In each
class you eat the food you prepare and can take it away if it’s too
much to finish. Everyone prepares two to three dishes in our class
and, full on my afternoon’s work, I know I won’t need dinner.
99-1 Xikang lu (Rd)
Modern Shanghai-style food in a stylish environment.
Weekend lunch dim sum is popular.
Mr & Mrs Bund
6th Floor 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East One Rd)
Pricey French restaurant with well executed food and a great view
across the Huangpu River to the modern buildings of Pudong.
38 Gaoyou Lu (Rd)
Romantic restaurant in the former French Concession serving up
high quality Yunnan-style food from the south west of China.
Unit 2 No.11, Xintiandi Square, Lane 181 Taicang Rd
Stylish restaurant serving up largely European but supposedly fusion
food in a traditional Shanghai lane house with live Chinese music.
41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Xi Lu
Small local restaurant serving unpretentious genuine Shanghai food.
China Eastern Airlines will operate direct flights between
Brisbane and Shanghai four times a week on board A330
aircraft from 17 December. It services a broad network of
destinations across China, Europe, North America and
Asia from its base at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport