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2018, Thu

Feb

08

Now Delivering: Qian Restaurant

One of the perks of living in Shanghai is having access to China’s diverse food culture. For many expats, Chinese cuisine has expanded from “General Tso’s Chicken” and “Chop Suey” from a take-out menu to an elaborate feast of shared dishes in which flavors and textures vary between the regions.

Wherever you travel, North or South, locally-sourced ingredients can give you a rough idea about the province’s climate, terrain and ethnic groups. Some bites will be familiar to the palate, others might make things uneasy for the tongue. It’s all part of the experience – getting to know the gastronomic wealth of China.

One of the goals here at Sherpa’s for 2018 is to introduce more Chinese restaurants to our delivery menu. Don’t get us wrong – we love chowing down burgers and milkshakes, but we’re curious about the complexity that China’s fan and cai presents. What else is out there that we haven’t tried yet?

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First one on the list: Qian Restaurant 黔香阁. Operating 6 locations in Hongqiao and Pudong (see, we’re not all about the FFC), Qian serves up authentic Guizhou fare that is known to pack a sour-and-spicy punch. While Guizhou cuisine is said to be even more fiery than its neighboring Sichuan staples, the Shanghai-born chefs at Qian have toned down the heat a little. If you can handle eating hot pot at HaiDiLao, you’ll be just fine.

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Facts about Guizhou:

·        Demographically one of China’s most diverse provinces

·        Relatively poor and economically undeveloped

·        Subtropical humid climate – pleasant all year round

·        Spectacular natural features

·        Home of the iconic Maotai baijiu

·        Underrated as a travel destination

Curious as ever, we did a test run to see what to expect from Qian and its Guizhou delicacies. Frankly speaking – your editor went in with zero expectations and is now planning a trip to Guiyang, the capital city, sometime this year 

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PS: You might want to have a can of Coke at hand to tackle the spice.

 Try swapping rice for Steamed Whole Grains (¥9) that taste a little sweet and pillowy. This small dish pairs well with the saltiness of Silver Anchovies (¥32) that sit on top of wild vegetables and sesame oil. Are you a fan of tofu? Even if the anwser is no, give Tofu Sticks (¥29) a go. Deep-fried and stewed with fennel, herbs, cinnamon and chili, these flavoursome rolls will change your opinion on soy forever. If you’re really adventurous with food and like to walk on the wild side – Mixed Preserved Meat Platter (¥38) is your match! We’re not entirely sure what kind of roots/shoots foraged from the deep forests of Guizhou we bit into, but oh was it ever bitter. For the brave and bold foodies only!

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Tofu & Peanuts (¥36)

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Fried Rice (¥48)

Fried with pork, egg, celery, sour long beans, heartleaf root, kidney beans, peanuts and chili, this rice dish is almost like a luxury version of your go-to chao fan. It makes for a great leftover option too.

All the highlighted plates are available on Sherpa’s. We’re keen to hear about your dining experience at Qian – please let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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2017, Thu

Nov

16

Spotlight: Kitchen 1502

 

Brought to you by the team behind Cuivre, Kitchen 1502 is a newly-opened space on Huaihai Zhong Lu that combines the kitchens of three venues – T for Thai, CU2+ and Saveur. Offering a variety of international cuisines, Kitchen 1502 is likely to solve the “What should we eat for dinner?” argument once and for all. You’ll find French bistro-style burgers, Pad Thai, and Malaysian curry up for grabs. Convincing your significant other to indulge a little and order takeaway is now entirely in your hands!

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Fanny On The Blues – Australian beef patty topped with onion confit, blue cheese & cilantro-mayo

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Mike On The Beach – Australian beef patty topped with sun-dried tomatoes, lettuce, basil & goat’s cheese

Following the same ideas and core values as its predecessors, Kitchen 1502 is created around a community of people who enjoy good food, excellent service and a tipple or two at a somewhat more casual and comfortable setting – or at home, we dare say! Designed in France and crafted by Chef Michael Wendling (formerly of Allure in the Le Royal Meridien), this 3-in-1 dining concept accomplishes a real hat trick to please the hungry Shanghairen.

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Pad Thai

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Pork Belly Yellow Curry

Sherpa’s delivers Kitchen 1502 straight to your doorstep seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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2017, Wed

Oct

11

It’s the news all you fitness fanatics and health-conscious foodies have been waiting for… Sherpa’s is now delivering from Element Fresh’s 10 Shanghai-based branches in Puxi and Pudong!

That’s right people! So whether you’re looking for a wholesome lunchtime bite, a nutritious gourmet salad to savour at home or just drastically need to change your unhealthy food habits, Element Fresh is here to save the day.

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Founded in 2002 and currently present in 9 Chinese cities including Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, Element Fresh are particularly well-known for the importance they attach to the freshness and nutritional value of the ingredients they use, and have made it their mission to create delicious dishes with minimal oil and no added MSG, a flavour enhancer commonly used in Chinese cuisine.

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These values, combined with their culinary expertise, have enabled Element Fresh to win various awards and become a genuine expat favourite here in China.

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While it can be said that Element Fresh specialize in serving up Asian-inspired lunch and dinner dishes, such as Vietnamese Noodles with Chicken or Imported Beef Stir-Fry with Spicy Chili, their various Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, and Pasta Dishes (and the list goes on…) are just as coveted by the city’s foodie community, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to expand their reach!

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So, without any further ado, we’d like to welcome Element Fresh to Sherpa’s and invite those of you who’ve been drooling over this post to make an order right away!

ENJOY FOODIES!

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