Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tang's Dou Tang

Here is a good winter lunch: a bowl of dou tang, or bean soup, with a basket of steamed beef in rice meal. The bean soup, which many places serve up way too thin or bland, is decent here.

The steaming basket outside looks and smells particularly inviting on a chilly day:

The big pots of shao cai (like stews) outside also attract customers.

Their wall menu covers the typical homestyle stir fry dishes as well. Upscale Tongzilin has fewer fly restaurants than other neighbourhoods, which makes this little spot particularly popular at mealtimes.

Name in Chinese: 唐记豆汤
Location: Xin Guang Rd, southeast of Great World Carrefour

Another Visit to Puzhong Kitchen

Puzhong Kitchen, a restaurant on a mission to get people to eat healthier,  is one place that I would visit more often if I was in the area. On a recent evening a friend and I popped in after strolling around Kuanxiangzi. 

The rustic mix:

Stir fried greens, very nice:

Beef and radish:

Nothing that we like has changed about this place, and they now have an English menu available. And for those who are watching their waistlines, the menu now lists caloric values for each dish. We were well impressed.

Mengzi Crossing the Bridge Noodles

In local bookstores, the Chicken Soup for the Soul books are sold with literally translated titles. I always wonder what kind of chicken soup comes to mind when people see that title. I think Crossing the Bridge Noodles is a pretty good candidate. I haven't eaten many bowls of these noodles after my previous favourite  place went downhill, but I recently spied a newly opened shop with a very similar name in the bottom of the Roman Holiday Plaza at Gaoshengqiao.

Platter of stir-ins:

Among the usual suspects was a bowl of chrysanthemum petals (small bowl at the top beside the crispy chicken skin). It's pretty common knowledge that the chicken broth made by the famous Brothers Jiang chain contains chrysanthemum as an ingredient, but this is the first time I'd had the fresh petals as a stir-in. The soup served here was good, and came in an enormous bowl.

The interior has picture menus, making it easy to order. They have a non-smoking sign, which was being ignored.

The proprietor said he was not part of a chain, and makes the genuine article.

Name in Chinese: 蒙自过桥米线
Address: 罗马 假日 广场 A3-126, lower level in the centre