The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, the media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective city. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travelers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Shanghai for his show, Parts Unknown Season 4 Episode 2 (originally aired September 28, 2014):
In this episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain referred
to Xiaolongbao as “pillows of happiness that will scald your tongue and throat
if you don’t know what you’re doing”. At Fu Chun Xiao Long, he also had
Shanghai-style Zhà Zhūpái or fried pork chops served with Là Jiàngyóu, a kind
of Shanghai sauce similar to Worcestershire.
DISH – Shanghai Cuisine
WHAT IS IT?
The dishes of Shanghai Cuisine are often dark and use oil, soy and sugar. Classics include You Bao Xiā – small shrimps that are deep fried then quickly tossed with garlic, ginger, salt and soy. Hóng Shāo Ròu is braised pork belly in a deep red glaze of dark and light soy sauce, cinnamon, sugar and anise. Hóng Shāo Yú is a dish of small fish poached first in rice wine, salt and light soy, then fried in ginger, garlic, oil, soy and sugar until the liquids are reduced to a sticky sauce. Yán Dōu Xiàn is a clay pot soup of bean curd-based stock with salted pork belly, tofu ribbons and bamboo shoots.
Raw oysters at The House of Roosevelt are not served with saltwater
in them. The saltwater is taken out and replaced with champagne.
DISH – Wonton
WHAT IS IT?
Wontons are made of minced pork, bok choy, and ginger, moistened with rice wine and soy, then mixed. The pork mixture is then folded into a dough, boiled and sauced with a mix of soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, sesame oil and peanut butter.
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