My brother Sam has lived in Shanghai for the last few years, and at long last my mom, my younger brother, Henry, and I planned a trip to visit to him. We did our best to tackle (or least get some sense of) Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai in just ten days, a tour Sam referred to as “China Light.” Though we only had time for relatively quick stops in each city, one thing we spent plenty of time doing in all of them was eating. And there was nothing light about the food.
It probably goes without saying that 10 days is barely enough to scrape the surface of China’s wide-ranging cuisine. But even during our brief stay, we had lots of memorable meals that ranged from bites on the street to multi-course feasts, and I’ve shared a few of my favorites here. We also had what we thought were little fried doughnuts but were actually curried fish balls, and those I have refrained from sharing.