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Dongpo Pork of Hangzhou

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As part of a tour of the city of Hangzhou, by the time lunch rolled around, the tour stopped by a small restaurant. The restaurant defined quaint, it was like walking into your grandmother’s house. Dining was either outside or in individual rooms and service was provided by an older lady, fitting with the grandmother theme of the restaurant.

A variety of dishes were provided, from a simple egg dish to a potato entrée, all of it delicious. One of the highlights was the dongpo pork, which the tour guide noted is a Hangzhou delicacy. A piece of delectable pork belly, braised, then stewed; it leaves you with a tender piece of pork, swimming in a thick gravy. The slow-cooking brings a rich flavor with every bite of the meat.

The pork is definitely something to try if ever in the area.

It is likely one would never think of stopping by a restaurant like this, or even noticing it, without the help of a local or an experience tour guide. Not one to usually take guided tours, but finding these hidden gems is, clearly, a huge benefit.

Dongpo Pork, a dish that lives up to its reputation.

Dongpo Pork, a dish that lives up to its reputation.


Written by Paulo Loreto

May 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Crème Brûlée Tea Ice Cream

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Shanghai’s Grand Gateway 66 is home to a branch of Singapore-based tea company TWG. Besides tea, the shop also offers an array of desserts, various flavors of ice cream, and a full dining menu. Enjoying an afternoon tea service is definitely a must if you find yourself at a TWG location, but taking some ice cream to go is also an opportunity to take advantage of. Their ice cream flavors are all based on their tea, which is extremely diverse, which makes them all unique.

On this particular occasion, opted for the crème brûlée tea ice cream and, as the name suggests, it is just like taking in a rich spoonful of crème brûlée. And because the ice cream is tea-based, the expected sweetness of the crème brûlée is evened out with distinct notes of tea.

Given the assortment of desserts TWG has to offer, on the next visit, will have to take home a sampling of marvelous-looking treats.

Besides tea, TWG offers so much from desserts to a full dining menu.

Besides tea, TWG offers so much from desserts to a full dining menu.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 26, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Cream Puffs at Grand Gateway 66

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Walking through Shanghai’s Grand Gateway 66 for the umpteenth time, the upper-level cream puff stand has repeatedly drawn attention with its diverse offerings of delicious sweets. Finally, the day came to approach the counter and order a cream puff. Thinking it was going to be the first of many visits, had to open with the basic cream puff. After some light-hearted back-and-forth, trying to overcome a language barrier, the friendly staff began work on preparing a basic cream puff.

The cream puff pastry is already set, soft and flaky. One of the ladies pulls up a metallic mechanism and sticks the spout of the apparatus into the empty pastry. After a couple pumps, she wraps it in wax paper and hands it over the window. In less than a minute, you have a freshly-stuffed cream puff, available to snack on for a decent price.

The pastry offered both sturdiness and a great consistency, and the cream was delicious. It was everything one would expect from a cream puff, especially one so large and freshly prepared.

Cream Puff

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 3, 2015 at 9:16 PM