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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,

gong bao

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

shao mai

, 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.


Lost Heaven

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