NYU Shanghai dining hall food

I spent four months in China doing a study abroad program at NYU Shanghai, the Shanghai campus of my university. While NYU has a dozen locations, the only full-service, degree-granting locations are NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the flagship New York campus. This post is a compilation of a some of the food available…

Sukiya

The first times I had “authentic” ramen, prepared in the traditional Japanese way as opposed to the poor-college-student-plastic-pack way, I thought something was wrong with my order. In search of better ramen experiences, I kept eating ramen at different Japanese restaurants and kept ending up not thrilled with the experience, until I looked up ramen’s…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street scenes

My last post about Zhujiajiao Water Town showcased traditional Chinese heritage through food, but the sprawling water town actually incorporates modernity and tradition in its storefronts, architecture, and general scene. The straightness of the roofs in these pictures demonstrates the mixing of Chinese and western culture apparent even in this relatively exotic setting. Chinese roofs…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street food

Zhujiajiao Water Town is a paradise for street food fanatics, with an unending variety of traditional Chinese snacks spilling out of the densely-packed storefronts. We first came across these beans made with preserved orange peels. This is something I hadn’t seen before. I was very familiar with the shanzha sweets. Shanzha, Chinese hawthorn/hawberry, is a slightly sour fruit…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: another puppy and wontons

After meeting Xiao Hui (Little Gray), we walked around Zhujiajiao Water Town taking in the scenic views of the water and traditional architecture. While slowly walking down one street, I suddenly stopped. I had seen something beautiful. Meet Xiao Bai (Little White)! Of course we had to go in and eat lunch at the restaurant…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: a puppy and rose tea

My friends and I took a long-ish (over an hour each way by car) day trip out of Shanghai’s metropolitan areas to Zhujiajiao Water Town (50 km from the Bund). Chinese water towns are wonderful places to visit because they seek to preserve the feel of life in an old, traditional Chinese village without tall…

Caramel cinnamon toast? Oh Maan oh Maan

Maan Coffee is a super gorgeous chain of Korean-owned coffee houses that have captured the hearts of Chinese consumers with its distinctive interior design – featuring live trees growing to the ceiling and eclectic chandeliers and seating – and trendy food characteristic of East Asian cafe culture. While we came for a sugar fix, we…

Average and reliable La Pasta

I stopped being thrilled about going to La Pasta after the fifth time my friends dragged me there. It was the closest restaurant to our dorm, being right outside the gate, and we passed it every day. La Pasta isn’t bad, it’s just really unremarkable – from food to atmosphere to pricing – like so…

Nice Meeting You

Nice Meeting You is national Chinese chain that serves western and Chinese food, but not fusion. It’s a good choice for groups where everyone has different tastes. These are some dishes from the multiple times I ate there. I didn’t expect to eat the best rice I’ve ever had at Nice Meeting You. In China,…

Another Chinese banquet

Some more photos of Chinese banquet food. I didn’t photograph the whole thing this time. The food I’ll be posting here is more typical than the food in my last post on Chinese banquets, because I wasn’t doing the ordering. The fancier restaurants will have more involved place settings. Here we have two plates. You…

English classics in the French Concession

At my latest internship at Time Out Shanghai I had the opportunity of doing my first ever professional restaurant review! I checked out Amelia’s, an adorable British-themed cafe located in the former French Concession. Amelia’s was founded by British expat Amelia Heaton-Renshaw who made a name for herself in Shanghai’s foreign craft food scene with…

Conspicuous consumption at High Heels 73 Hours

Experiencing High Heels 73 Hours summed up a whole lot about affluent Chinese life. The “girly apartment-themed lane house cafe” is part of socialite Ruohong Zhao’s restaurant business, comprising of six locations, including the well-received Zhao Xiaojie Bu Deng Wei (a Chinese food place with a name that translates to “Miss Zhao doesn’t wait for…