Saigon Aniseed

The aniseed pickles were the best part of my meal at Saigon Aniseed. Cool, crisp, and sweet, they were a perfect refresher between mouthfuls of beef meatball soup, mushroom curry, and steamed rice. The vegetable base of the pickles was cabbage with slivers of carrot. The pickling liquid was smoother than the sharper sweet Japanese…

Mr. Pancake pt. 3 and a rant on service in China

Are you bored of Mr. Pancake posts yet? This is the last one! Above is the eggs Benedict. Pancakes replace English muffins, because this is a place that emphasizes pancakes. The mozzarella melted on the grilled tomato slice is a fun touch. As with the omelettes, I like how this order has lots of food…

Mr. Pancake pt. 2

So I really like Mr. Pancake. Which is why I’ve been going once a week. Which is why I need to split up my Mr. Pancake posts in three. The last one was about the pancakes. This one is about the omelettes. The omelettes are extremely tender and fluffy, just like the two¬†pancakes they come…

Mr. Pancake pt. 1

Mr. Pancake is a sit-down chain offering pancakes and other sweet and savory western dishes. Mr. Pancake happens to be the restaurant I’ve visited the most in Shanghai, by far. There’s one right next to my internship, serving up well-executed American comfort food at great prices. I think about Mr. Pancake a lot. Because I…

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya

CoCo Ichibanya serves Japanese-style curry, which is much less interesting than authentic Indian curry because of the lack of variety. Japanese curry is basically rice under a slightly-goopy brown sauce that’s smooth with nothing to break up the texture, plus a fried breaded pork cutlet. Variations include covering the rice with a very thing omelette,…