UTOPIA: Shanghai, Day 3 - Part 4 (Dinner & Xintiandi)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shanghai, Day 3 - Part 4 (Dinner & Xintiandi)

Dinner was at a restaurant specializes in Szechuan cuisine. The place is "interiorly decorated" with anything red & oriental as if in CNY.
there's a conventional soy bean grinder at the entrance....but unfortunately this place dun serve any soy bean milk or taufufa (beancurd pudding).
the place is almost fully built in wood, even the staircase!
wooden pillars with red curtains...
we went up the stairs to the first floor where the dining hall is located.
we were there right on time before the show starts...guess what show is it??
I was seated at front (first row) hence got a good view of the performers...
the foods were served simultaneously throughout the show.
The first dish was glutinous rice with crispy roasted duck skin. It was filling and the skin was indeed crispy...though I prefer to have some duck meat as well ;-)
Dish 2: Buns with spicy minced meat...The minced meat cooked with a handful of cili padi!
Warning: Need some careful filtering before consumption.
Dish 3: can't remember...I think it is pork slices with some garnishing
Dish 4: Tomato soup.
Dish 5: Steamed fish in soy sauce.
Dish 6: Stir fried veggie.
Dish 7: Stone-grilled prawns.
a closer view...u can see that they served the stones on the tray as well...
Dish 8: This is not supposed to be a dish but more of a dessert...this is sort of sticky glutinous flour coated in grinded peanut powder..Yea, it was sweet like "tong yuen". I don't get it why they served sweet stuffs in the middle of the meal!
Dish 9: Fried glass noodles...it was good...the glass noodles absorbed the shrimp paste flavour...and tasted like dry "mee udang"...The crab shell is for decorative purpose though...there wasn't a single slice of crab meat found!
Dish 10: Steamed egg (flooded in soy sauce)...the steamed egg itself is waterish...and when I poured in the soy sauce, it looks like as though the bowl is flooded with soy sauce but it was actually the steamed water mixed with soy sauce.
dinner was so-so...not impressive but enuff to fill our stomach after a long walk.
We left the place at 7pm and have another 2.5-hour bus ride back to Shanghai...
Reached the city at almost 10, and we were brought to this popular clubbing spot....situated in between the malls.
yea, it is Xintiandi
used to be old Shikumen (Shanghainese townhouse/terrace house of 20th century), this place has been re-developed into an entertainment hub, with bistro and pubs along the pathways.
there's nothing much to see as the malls are closed by 10...hence we lingered awhile on the cold streets around Xintiandi before deciding on whether to go clubbing or back to the hotel...
I went into the alleys and back to the main street....nothing much to see....coz people were merely here for a drink, this place is sort of Changkat Bukit Bintang, Clarke Quay or Lan Kwai Fong...perhaps a toned down one.
lol, but I was expecting some wild shows....hmmm...like pole dancing (as in Patpong, Bangkok)...or strip dance...hahaha!
so, I decided to go back to hotel and have my own sweet time of pampering myself...*while my roomie is out clubbing, I owned the room to myself!
yea, and did my own strip dance in the bathtub...with open window blinds...no one is looking anyway!
alrite..just kidding...I dun do strip dance...
and with some time left, I went to "kacau" the cute girls bunnies and chicks!
yea, I mean the real bunnies (rabbit) and chicks...
These cute animals were at the hotel lobby for display as it was nearing Easter day soon. And lucky them...they got to feast on cucumbers, carrots, leafy greens the entire day! Hope that they dun over-eat!


RealGunners said...

Rice, bun, flour dessert, noodles. You can still walk after the dinner? :D
I heard clubbing in China is not that happening one, need to go to HK or Taiwan for the real deal. Probably good choice to do strip dance by yourself :D

[SK] said...

OMG, this was really a sumptuous and scrumptious dinner!! look at all those dishes, so MANY!! i remember i've been to Xintiandi in the morning, even ate there also not as luxurious as you~~ :D

mun said...

Though the food is so so only but that's a lot of food on the table. The show you all watched is change faces? I didnot expect the bunny and chickens to be real. Though toys for display only.

Princess Ribbon said...

The place looks very "red" indeed, the food too, except for the plate of greens and that glutinous rice dessert.

Nux V said...

RealGunners: we dun walk as soon after having dinner, we had a 2.5 hour bus ride back to Shanghai...so I got to rest my feet and laze in the bus before goin for the nite walk ;-)

SK: seems a lot but those are simple dishes (no abalone, bird nest or complicated dish ler) so is not that luxurious...

Mun: yea, u r correct! the performers were really quick in changing their masks...so pro! The bunnies and chicks are real, we can touch & pat them but not to carry it out from the fence.

Princess Ribbon: yealor it was all red...like CNY haha!

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