No, it is not a typo. The name of the shop is really called the Shopkeeper’s Shop, which sounded ironically comical, totally illogical. What attracted me into the shop was the lamb casserole, and I needed to something to warm me up.
This is the poster that attracted me – the casserole was perfect for winter – which was when I visited the shop.
Right from the start, they served a plate of Hawthorn cake. These sour and sweet pastille-like cakes are usually served at the end of the meal to aid digestion and as a dessert. But since I need to wait for the lamb casserole, they gave me a tasting portion hoping that I will buy more at the gift shop outside. Yes, they are indeed tasty – right texture and well balanced between sour and sweet. Made me more hungry.
The copper lamb casserole with a burning lighter is perfect to keep the stew hot, but not hot enough to cause the stew to burn. The lamb has been cooked to fork tender and is not overly spiced like what is common in other Chinese-style lamb stew. The main ingredients are carrot, radish, potato, leeks and chives in a spicy tomato stew.
This classic Sichuan dish is now popular around the country. And their version is not as spicy as the Sichuan one.
It’s been a while and I have forgotten the branch I have been to. But it was good service and the portions are just right for a single diner.
Shopkeeper’s Shop 掌柜的店
Multiple locations in Shanghai
Date Visited : Jan 2016