This post is a continuation of Part 1 where I gave a run down of the food I had a chance to eat whilst in Shanghai this past month.
During our second weekend in Shanghai we had 2 scheduled activities that were perfectly tailored to my inner food lover: a visit to the food market and lunch with a Chinese family. The area our hotel was in did not have any food markets nearby so I was pretty excited to see one for the first time.
Sadly due to time constraints we weren’t able to stay for as long as I would have liked but we did get to try some fish flavoured pork balls and buy one or two things.
After our short stop at the food market we went to visit “our family” in an apartment complex a short drive from the market. I went with 4 other girls from my group and a guide. The family consisted of a husband and wife and the grandmother. Their children were at work so they were unable to join us. After welcoming us into the home, we were seated and the eating began! We were served green tea and an assortment of cold dishes first which are normally eaten in summer. As we’d finish one dish, another would take its place. And so on it went till we begged our host to stop cooking. As guests we were not allowed to help out at all, which felt really wrong for us culturally since in Africa you always help your elders.
We loved the squash because it reminded us of Botswana! The eggs were nice too, they were present in almost every meal we had in Shanghai. She made boiled Quail eggs and fried eggs drizzled with a white sauce which I couldn’t identify and what looked like a tomato sauce. There was duck, fried fish, fried chicken, bean sprouts, tofu, cucumber and cabbage drizzled with vinegar and chillies.
The Kung pow chicken was really nice! The chilli lovers amongst us made sure that plate left empty!
My roommate Mimi loved these. They are basically fritters stuffed with mashed pumpkin. We also tried ones that were stuffed with mashed potato and when I find a recipe I’ll definitely give them a try.
And when we were fed and done chatting, we took a picture together and said our goodbyes.
I’m the 2nd one on the right, bottom row (in the long braids).
A great end to a perfect food lovers day!