When we were king’s in Shanghai

30 Jan

Early January I found I had (Totally out of the blue) – had to go to china – Shanghai to carry out some training with some of our china team on a new cafe opening. The training and day-to-day things were fine , we ate out a bit and saw a few sites(11 hour flight was great fun!).

A memorable place to eat was a great restaurant ( only locals – very few Europeans go there) , Du SU dong in central Shanghai.  All I can say was their ribs were great full of Schwann spices and chilli overload. We ate chicken pop pop with peanuts and chillies , some really nice sides , hot pickled crunchy( Julienne/fine batons) potato with peppers,  pulled fried chicken with fried chillies ( nice but rather hot!!) .       

We were lucky to have a guide( colleague from our China office!)  showing us the restaurants to eat in.  The people were great – really friendly and very Kind.  Westerners are seen as kings here , Chinese  people seem in general to be very happy to have us here westernising their country. Theres Starbuck’s & costa around every corner – but also some truly great little chinese bakeries and patisserie shops. As a former pastry chef I was really impressed by the quality of bakery items and amount of chinese folk having coffee and doughnuts!! odd as tea should rule here.

I thought this picture summed up me & John’s (my colleague) trip to Shanghai – this would be how we “could” have ended up  – food was great and we were treated with respect (almost treated like Kings). And after all we did fly virgin upper class too…… cheers Mr Branson  


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